Ruth Jones McClendon

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Ruth Jones McClendon
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Texas House of Representatives, District 120
Incumbent
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday10/05/1943
Place of birthHouston, TX
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ruth Jones McClendon (b. October 5, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 120. She was first elected to the chamber in 1997.

Biography

McClendon is the Founder of the Community Crime Prevention Network, Incorporated, and President/Chief Executive Officer of RJ Mclendon and Company.

She is a lector/Extraordinary Minister at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, and founder of McClendon Scholars Program, and Ruth's Kids Center. Prior to her election to the House she served as Mayor Pro Tempore on the San Antonio City Council.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Rules & Resolutions, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 565 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of the commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer.
  • HB 1278 - Relating to the proof of identity and residency required of an applicant for a driver's license or personal identification certificate.
  • HB 1281 - Relating to the inclusion in the foundation curriculum for public schools of instruction in certain skills development to prepare students for adult responsibility.
  • HB 3359 - Relating to a uniform and statewide 9-1-1 emergency services fee on the retail sale of prepaid wireless telecommunications services to consumers.[2]

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 Ruth Jones McClendon was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jones McClendon will face Gilberto Villela (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

McClendon won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 120. McClendon ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Gregory Fox (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 120, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Jones McClendon Incumbent 87.9% 33,756
     Green Gregory L. Fox 12.1% 4,651
Total Votes 38,407

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

McClendon won re-election in District 120. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 120
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Jones McClendon (D) 14,700 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 120th District, receiving 32,601 votes without opposition.[6] She raised $226,395 for her campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 120
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Jones McClendon (D) 32,601 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McClendon is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, McClendon raised a total of $1,104,325 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[8]

Ruth Jones McClendon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 120 Won $171,333
2010 Texas State House, District 120 Won $161,124
2008 Texas State House, District 120 Won $226,395
2006 Texas State House, District 120 Won $161,600
2004 Texas State House, District 120 Won $146,931
2002 Texas State House, District 120 Won $125,594
2000 Texas State House, District 120 Won $63,605
1998 Texas State House, District 120 Won $47,743
Grand Total Raised $1,104,325

2012

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $171,333.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ruth Jones McClendon's campaign in 2012
El Paso Electric Co PAC$10,000
At&T$8,019
Cavender, Rick$5,000
Cavender, Rick$5,000
San Antonio Police Officers Association$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$171,333
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $161,124.

2008

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $226,395.

2006

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $161,600.

2004

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $146,931.

2002

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $125,594.

2000

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $63,605.

1998

McClendon won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, McClendon raised a total of $47,743.

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

  • 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.[10]

  • 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

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

2013

McClendon received a score of 21.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Ruth McClendon received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Cancer

On October 26, 2009, McClendon announced she recently completed successful treatment for lung cancer, and has renewed her commitment to cancer research, prevention, and early detection.[12]

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Texas House District 120
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