Ron Simmons

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Ron Simmons
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Texas House of Representatives, District 65
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
(dead link) Personal website
CandidateVerification
Ron Simmons is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 65. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections
Homeland Security & Public Safety

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Simmons's website highlighted the following campaign themes: Stop Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "We must use all means necessary to secure the Texas border, end the incentives which encourage illegal behavior, and pass sanctuary cities legislation."

Oppose ObamaCare and Federal Mandates

  • Excerpt: "While I support a system that allows everyone that wants health insurance the right to purchase it, no one should be forced to purchase insurance. ObamaCare is another example of how Washington, D.C. is taking away the right of Texans to govern our own affairs, and it must end."

Cut Government Spending, Promote Efficient Government

  • Excerpt: "We must use our revenues for best and be willing to eliminate – not just reduce – those things that are just good. This is how Texas families and businesses manage their finances, and our state government should do the same."

Promote jobs and a strong economy

  • Excerpt: "Government should avoid policies that have a negative effect on increased goods and/or services sold by the private sector. Frivolous lawsuits, unnecessary regulations, and government bureaucracy drive up the cost of doing business in the state, increase costs to our citizens, and ultimately are a drag on jobs and our economy."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Ron Simmons was unopposed in the Republican primary. Alex Mendoza was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Simmons defeated Mendoza in the general election.[1][2][3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 65 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Simmons Incumbent 64.3% 18,812
     Democratic Alex Mendoza 35.7% 10,440
Total Votes 29,252

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Simmons won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 65. Simmons defeated Mike Hennefer and David Loerwald in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 65, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Simmons 59.1% 31,386
     Democratic Gary Brown 38.6% 20,481
     Green Alex Mendoza 2.3% 1,224
Total Votes 53,091
Texas House of Representatives District 65 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Simmons 61.6% 4,844
David Loerwald 22.3% 1,754
Mike Hennefer 16% 1,260
Total Votes 7,858

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simmons is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Simmons raised a total of $321,004 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[5]

Ron Simmons's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 65 Won $321,004
Grand Total Raised $321,004

2012

Simmons won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Simmons raised a total of $321,004.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ron Simmons's campaign in 2012
Simmons, Ron$223,000
Perry, Bob J$5,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$4,000
Sandefer, Jeff$3,000
Bright, Clay$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$321,004
Source:Follow the Money

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.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • 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.

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

Simmons received a score of 85.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Burt Solomons (R)
Texas House District 65
2013–present
Succeeded by
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