Rafael Anchia

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Rafael Anchia
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Texas House of Representatives, District 103
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday09/26/1968
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Rafael Anchia (b. September 26, 1968) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 103. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Anchia is an Attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP. He has worked as an Attorney for Patton Boggs LLP, as a guest lecturer at Saint Mary's University School of Law, Adjunct Professor at Texas Technical University Law School, and visiting Professor at Tulane University School of Law.

Anchia is a member of Catholic Campus Community - Southern Methodist University, Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Oak Cliff Lions Club, Southern Methodist University Clements Center on Southwest Studies, and Chair of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.[1]

In August 2012, Anchia was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Anchia served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, Chair
Urban Affairs

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Anchia served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Anchia served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Renewable energy subsidies

On January 25, 2013, Anchia filed House Bill 723, which would amend Texas's energy goals to include 1,500 megawatts of non-wind renewable energy by 2022. Advocates of solar power advocated for the "non-wind" requirement.[3] However, Bill Peacock of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation criticized HB 723 as an expansion of Texas's government support for renewable energy when "There has never been a better time than now to end renewable energy subsidies."[4] As of February 26, 2013, HB 723 had not yet been referred to a committee.

  • HB 278 - Relating to energy demand and incentives for distributed renewable generation.
  • HB 280 - Relating to energy efficiency goals and programs and demand reduction targets; creating an office of energy efficiency deployment in the state energy conservation office.
  • HB 283 - Relating to prohibited deceptive election practices; providing a criminal penalty.
  • HB 535 - Relating to the provision of a preference in state purchasing decisions for vendors that provide health benefits to employees.[5]

Campaign Themes

2014

Anchia's website highlights the following campaign themes:[6]

Crime Prevention

  • Excerpt: "Rep. Anchia has worked tirelessly in the legislature to make the neighborhoods of District 103 a safer place. He has passed legislation that cracks down on burglary of motor vehicles by increasing the penalty to a felony on the third offense."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Rep. Anchia has worked to pass legislation which makes health care affordable and accessible to all Texans. In 2007, Anchia co-authored a bill which restored many of the cuts made to the Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program made in 2003, covering an additional 118,000 Texas children since its passage."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Rep. Anchia has worked to improve the Texas public education system by improving teacher pay, increasing the relevance and opportunities for success for both college-bound and vocational students, and decreasing the reliance on a single test to determine a student’s level of performance."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "He has authored numerous legislative proposals that would save businesses, government, and residential consumers money while protecting the environment by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative technologies like plug-in hybrids and combined heat and power plants."

Homeowner & Tenant Rights Legislation

  • Excerpt: "Rep. Anchia shares Texans’ concerns with rising home owner’s insurance rates. Last session, Anchia led the call control insurance rates by authoring legislation that would to strengthen the regulations on homeowner’s insurance companies."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Rafael Anchia was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anchia ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 103. The primary election took place on May 29, 2012 and he was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Anchia won re-election in District 103. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 103
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rafael Anchia (D) 7,626 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Anchia won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 103rd District, receiving 14,825 votes ahead of Libertarian David Mason (1,963).[10] He raised $153,155 for his campaign.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 103
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rafael Anchia (D) 14,825 88.30%
David R. Mason (L) 1,963 11.69%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anchia is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Anchia raised a total of $1,208,120 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[12]

Rafael Anchia's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 103 Won $334,243
2010 Texas State House, District 103 Won $297,674
2008 Texas State House, District 103 Won $282,890
2006 Texas State House, District 103 Won $206,242
2004 Texas State House, District 103 Won $87,071
Grand Total Raised $1,208,120

2012

Anchia won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Anchia raised a total of $334,243.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rafael Anchia's campaign in 2012
Andrews, Barry G$8,500
Texas Credit Union League$7,500
Hall, Craig$5,000
Baron & Budd$5,000
Border Health$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$334,243
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Anchia won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Anchia raised a total of $297,674.

2008

Anchia won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Anchia raised a total of $282,890.

2006

Anchia won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Anchia raised a total of $206,242.

2004

Anchia won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Anchia raised a total of $87,071.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[13] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[14]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[15] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Anchia received a score of 17.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Rafael Anchia received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Anchia and his wife, Marissa, have two children.

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