Richard Raymond

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Richard Raymond
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Texas House of Representatives, District 42
Incumbent
In office
1993-1999, 2001 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 2001
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 42
1993-1999
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Austin
J.D.University of Texas-Austin
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman and consultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Richard Pena Raymond is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 42. He was elected to the chamber in January 2001 in a special election.

Raymond served in the Texas House of Representatives, serving from 1993 to 1999.

Biography

Raymond received both his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin. He works as a businessman and a consultant.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services, Chair
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Rules & Resolutions

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Texas open beaches

Raymond is a sponsor of the Texas Open Beaches Amendment (2009), which appeared on the November 2009 ballot in Texas. The amendment was approved by voters.[2]

  • HB 316 - Relating to mandatory kindergarten attendance in public schools.
  • HB 327 - Relating to a grant program for after-school child-care programs provided by school districts.
  • HB 540 - Relating to bullying as a ground for removing a public school student from class and placing the student in a disciplinary alternative education program.
  • HB 543 - Relating to prohibiting human cloning and other uses of human tissue by institutions of higher education; providing penalties.[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. Incumbent Richard Raymond was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He will face Nicolas Serna, III (Green) in the general election.[4][5][6][7][8]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Raymond ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 42. Raymond ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Raymond won re-election unopposed in District 42 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 42
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Pena Raymond (D) 18,798 100

2008

On November 4, 2008, Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 42nd District. Raymond ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 31,129 votes.[9] Raymond raised $272,111 for his campaign.[10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Raymond is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Raymond raised a total of $3,498,596 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[11]

Richard Raymond's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 42 Won $605,880
2010 Texas State House, District 42 Won $485,557
2008 Texas State House, District 42 Won $272,111
2006 Texas State House, District 42 Won $910,325
2004 Texas State House, District 42 Won $140,212
2002 Texas State House, District 42 Won $423,889
1998 Commissioner of Public Lands Defeated $660,622
Grand Total Raised $3,498,596

2012

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $605,880.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Raymond's campaign in 2012
Raymond, Richard Pena$47,518
Raymond, Richard Pena (Committee 1)$32,861
Watts Guerra & Craft$20,000
Border Health$15,000
Lopez Sr, Danny$13,108
Total Raised in 2012$605,880
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $485,557.

2008

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $272,111.

2006

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $910,325.

2004

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $140,212.

2002

Raymond won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $423,889.

1998

Raymond lost the election for the Commissioner of Public Lands in 1998. During that election cycle, Raymond raised a total of $660,622.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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.[12] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[13]

  • 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.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

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.[13]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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

Raymond received a score of 25.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Richard Raymond received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Controversies

Political favoritism at the University of Texas

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial and Political favoritism in admissions to the University of Texas

Raymond has been linked to political favoritism investigations at the University of Texas, which was a focal point of the Wallace Hall impeachment trial.[14]

In May 2014, reporters at Watchdog.org released a report detailing alleged situations where admitted students with typically lower-than-acceptable credentials had connections to politicians or elected officials. One issue that prompted the study was the February 2014 Bar Exam results. The University of Texas Law School is the highest rated school in the state. But in February 2014, only 59 percent of its students passed the bar, which was the worst rate in the state. Watchdog.org analyzed the state's bar exam pass rates from 2006-2013. During that time, roughly 2,700 students took the bar and only 197 needed to re-take the exam. Only 29 individuals failed the bar at least three times, with 13 of those names being isolated by the Watchdog investigation as potentially having political connections.[15]

The following points were summarized in the article.[15]

  • 90 UT Law students failed the bar twice or more
  • 15 students appeared to be politically connected in some way
  • 12 students had ties to Judith Zaffirini, who previously admitted to specifically recommending certain individuals for acceptance to the school.
  • Six students had connections to Joe Straus, Texas State Speaker, or individuals/groups that had affiliations to Straus.
  • Two UT Law graduates were elected officials at the time that they were admitted to the school. State Representatives Richard Raymond (D) and Eddie Rodriguez (D) each failed the bar at least once. Raymond failed the bar in 2007 and 2008 and is not a member of the Texas bar. Rodriguez failed the bar three times between 2010 and 2012 and is not a member of the bar. Additionally, one of the members of Rodriguez's staff also failed the bar three times between 2009 and 2010 as a UT Law graduate.

Watchdog.org reporter Jon Cassidy said Wallace Hall, subject of state impeachment hearings was not the source of the material in his article. He reported that his investigation used public records request to produce his data and conclusions.[16]

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