Ralph Sheffield

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Ralph Sheffield
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Texas House of Representatives, District 55
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected20098
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRichfield High School
Personal
Birthday01/11/1955
Place of birthWaco, TX
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ralph Sheffield is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 55. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009.

Biography

Sheffield is a graduate of Richfield High School. He is the Owner of Las Casas Restaurant and All Occasion Catering, and the President/Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield Incorporated.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Association of the United States Army, Belton Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church of Temple, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, SPJST, Temple Area Home Builders Association, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Farm Bureau.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Vice-chair
Energy Resources

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • HB 575 - Relating to a prohibition on the disclosure and use of certain information recorded or collected by a transponder used to electronically assess or collect a toll.
  • HB 576 - Relating to the electronic distribution of information to legislators by state agencies.
  • HB 577 - Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to notify the federal Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding the withdrawal or nonattendance of certain foreign students.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Sheffield's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Good Schools - "Ralph will make it a priority in the Legislature to fight for smaller classroom sizes, greater accountability for your tax dollars in our schools systems, and teacher pay raises to attract and reward talented teachers."
  • Low Taxes - "Ralph will make it a priority in the Legislature to reduce the amount a homestead appraisal can increase per year to 3% or 5% and institute reforms that will make appraisal districts more accountable to the people. He believes city and county governments need to start being honest with their constituents and raise tax rates if they believe new revenues are needed instead of hiding behind stealth tax hikes like appraisal creep."
  • Private Property Rights and the Trans-Texas Corridor - "Ralph has always opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor and will stand with Bell County farmers and ranchers against any illegitimate land grab."
  • A Secure Border - "Ralph will fight for more support for border sheriffs, more resources and technology for our law enforcement and will take the political courage needed to confront this issue to Austin."
  • Election Integrity - "When illegitimate votes are cast, legitimate votes are nullified, stripping our cherished rights of their value. Ralph will work to secure the integrity of our elections by requiring photo identification to vote."
  • Open and Honest Government -"Ralph believes that government can only maintain the public trust when it operates in the sunlight. He believes taxpayers should have greater access to information about the activities of their government. If a governmental entity spends tax money, taxpayers should have an absolute right to scrutinize every penny. Ralph will work hard to open up the government’s books for all citizens to audit."

2008

Sheffield's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.

When asked his legislative priorities, he replied:

"The key issues of my campaign are providing tax relief, securing our border, defending private property rights, and ensuring our children have the best schools. I believe Bell County and Texas can be an even more attractive place for businesses to relocate, for families to raise their children, and for veterans to make their home after they retire. I'm running for State Representative because I love Bell County, believe in the people of Bell County, and believe in public service. I have always believed in giving back and serving my community."[3]

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. Molly White defeated incumbent Ralph Sheffield in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sheffield ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 55. Sheffield defeated John Alaniz in the May 29 Republican primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives District 55 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Sheffield Incumbent 57.4% 6,400
John Alaniz 42.6% 4,752
Total Votes 11,152

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sheffield won re-election in District 55. He faced no opposition in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Libertarian Penny Hendrix in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 55
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Sheffield (R) 24,041 81.10%
Penny Hendrix (L) 5,600 18.89%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Sheffield won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 55th District, defeating Sam Murphey (D) and Chris Lane (L). Sheffield received 30,189 votes in the election while Murphey received 24,290 votes, and Lane received 1,509 votes.[7] Sheffield raised $656,610 for his campaign; Murphey raised $396,936.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 55
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Sheffield (R) 30,189 53.92%
Sam Murphey (D) 24,290 43.38%
Chris Lane (L) 1,509 2.69%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sheffield is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Sheffield raised a total of $967,978 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[9]

Ralph Sheffield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 55 Won $242,863
2010 Texas State House, District 55 Won $68,505
2008 Texas State House, District 55 Won $656,610
Grand Total Raised $967,978

2012

Sheffield won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sheffield raised a total of $242,863.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Sheffield's campaign in 2012
Texas Restaurant Association$13,298
McLane Jr, Drayton$12,500
Texas House Leadership Fund$10,000
Texas Lobby Group$7,618
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$242,863
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sheffield won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sheffield raised a total of $68,505.

2008

Sheffield won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sheffield raised a total of $656,610.

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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.[11]

  • 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." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Sheffield received a score of 52.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B+ that Sheffield received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Ralph Sheffield received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Sheffield was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

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