Sarah Davis

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Sarah Davis
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Texas House of Representatives, District 134
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
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
Education
Bachelor'sBaylor University
J.D.University of Houston
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification

Sarah Davis is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 134. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Houston. He is a Partner and Attorney at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Public Health

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Davis 's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Fiscal Conservatism

  • Excerpt: "Sarah Davis believes in limited government and the power of the free market. She knows the best social welfare program is a job, not government assistance."

Excellence in Education

  • Excerpt: "Sarah is a proud graduate of the Texas public school system, and believes in the power of education to transform the lives of young Texans, preparing them for the opportunities of the future. Too often the debate in Austin focuses exclusively on inputs—money put into the system—when the greatest concern of parents and employers is the results we get out of the system. Sarah wants to make sure every child that graduates with a diploma from a public school is either college-ready or career-ready."

Keeping Government Out of Your Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Sarah believes in two important health care principles:
  • Protecting the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship
  • Stopping government intrusions into the practice of medicine and budget-busting schemes like ObamaCare that will bankrupt the state and lead to the rationing of care."

2012

Davis's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Davis campaign ad

Reduce & Balance Government Budgets

Excerpt:"I believe responsibly limiting state spending is crucial to the future of the State of Texas. A conservative approach to spending will be especially important in the 82nd Legislature, when Texas will likely face a revenue shortfall... As a conservative, I believe that activities not essential to the core mission of a state agency should be considered for privatization, elimination, or at a minimum, restructuring. Further, I believe Texas should explore adopting a constitutional amendment limiting growth of the state budget to inflation plus population growth."

Limit Federal Intrusion

Excerpt:"The United States Constitution was created by those fearful of tyranny and mindful of the dangers posed by an all powerful federal government. As a result, the structure and text of the Constitution was intended to limit the role of the federal government. The Tenth Amendment codifies the right of the states to govern themselves in respect to all matters that are not explicitly delegated to the federal government in the Constitution. The “health care reform” enacted by Congress and President Obama is the culmination of almost a century of expansion of the welfare state. In response to the passage of this “health care reform,” Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott joined with numerous attorneys general in filing a lawsuit in opposition to the legislation. In addition to supporting General Abbott in his challenge to the constitutionality of the “health care reform” legislation, it would be a great honor as a member of a citizen legislature and as a 34-year old cancer survivor to introduce Healthcare Freedom Legislation that protects a person’s right to participate or not participate in any health care system and prohibits the government from imposing fines or penalties on that person’s decision. To date 39 other states of passed or proposed legislation opposing the federal healthcare legislation."

Improve Election Integrity

Excerpt:"The Texas Constitution is clear that only US Citizens are eligible to vote in elections in Texas. The citizenship of voters is not currently verified by the State, and non citizens are successfully registering and voting in Texas. In order to protect, and in some cases restore, election integrity, I support legislation that requires voters to present a photo ID at their polling place."

Cut Taxes

Excerpt:"Taxes are always in the forefront of every election, but with an estimated $18 billion “budget deficit” we are facing, the subject of taxes could not be more important. The Texas economy, while not completely insulated to the challenges that our Nation has faced, has faired better than most states. I believe the main reason for our State’s economic success is the business friendly environment that flourishes here. In order to insure Texas remains home of the most Fortune 500 companies in the nation and to attract new business to the State, I will fight any and all efforts to enact a state income tax. Additionally, I will work to minimize the negative impact businesses feel from the Gross Margins Tax by supporting legislation that would make the $1 million revenue exemption permanent and support legislation that would require a super-majority vote in the Legislature before the Gross Margins Tax rate can be increased. Finally, people in District 134 are almost being taxed out of their homes. We must enact real property tax relief by capping the property tax rate at 3%."

Secure the Border

Excerpt:"Although traditionally the responsibility of the federal government, states like Texas can play a legitimate and meaningful role in improving border security. Resources should be properly directed to Texas border sheriffs to assist in combating drug and human smuggling. Further, sanctuary city policies under which immigration laws are ignored or routinely not enforced must not be tolerated. Legislation should be enacted that clearly prohibits the adoption of sanctuary city policies. Finally, Texas must continue its demand that President Obama and The Congress act to secure the Texas-Mexico border."[1]

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 Sarah Davis defeated Bonnie Parker in the Republican primary. Alison Ruff was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Davis defeated Ruff in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Davis won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 134. Davis was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Ann Johnson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 134, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Davis Incumbent 54.6% 43,944
     Democratic Ann Johnson 45.4% 36,480
Total Votes 80,424

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Davis won election to Texas House of Representatives District 134. She defeated Bonnie Parker in the March 2 Republican primary and then defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Ellen Cohen and Darcey Kobs (L) in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 134
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sarah Davis (R) 25,955 50.68%
Ellen Cohen (D) 25,254 49.31%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $1,338,433 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[7]

Sarah Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 134 Won $943,503
2010 Texas State House, District 134 Won $394,930
Grand Total Raised $1,338,433

2012

Davis won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $943,503.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sarah Davis's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$202,859
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$115,000
Associated Republicans Of Texas$67,000
Perry, Bob J$60,000
Texas Republican Party$19,885
Total Raised in 2012$943,503
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Davis won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $394,930.

Scorecards

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

  • 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.[9]

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

2013

Davis received a score of 44.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Davis received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Sarah Davis received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Davis has a husband, Kent.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Cohen (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 134
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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