Susan Criss

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Susan Criss
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Former candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 23
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.South Texas College of Law
Place of birthGalveston County, Texas
ProfessionFormer judge
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Susan Criss was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1] Criss was the judge of Texas District 212.[2] She resigned from the court in 2013 to run for the Texas House of Representatives.[3]



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. Susan Criss was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Wayne Faircloth defeated Robert Senter in the Republican primary. Criss was defeated by Faircloth in the general election. Andrew "Moose" Johnson (L) left the race before the primaries.[1][4][5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Faircloth 54.6% 17,784
     Democratic Susan Criss 45.4% 14,763
Total Votes 32,547


Criss was re-elected as judge of the Texas District 212 after running unopposed.

See also: Texas district court judicial elections, 2010

Hurricane Ike insurance

Criss ruled the co-chair of a House windstorm oversight committee has a right to examine Hurricane Ike insurance settlements withheld by Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn. Mostyn was the lead attorney for many of the homeowners making claims.

Criss also said that Republican Rep. Larry Taylor would not get the list of fees paid to all the lawyers in the settlement case he requested, according to a story in today's Austin American-Statesman.

Lawyers for Taylor had asked Criss to lift a temporary injunction granted to Mostyn that allowed the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to withhold public documents pertaining to $189 million in hurricane damage settlements for about 2,400 homeowners. The cases were settled with the help of Rep. Todd Hunter, who received a $25,000 campaign donation from Mostyn weeks before he mediated the settlements for the state.

"Today's order is a victory for open government and transparency," Taylor said. "I'm pleased the court vindicated my position by removing the injunction. We, as legislators charged with important oversight responsibilities, have an obligation to work in good faith to solve the challenges facing TWIA. It's unfortunate not everyone involved in this process acted in the same manner. I look forward to receiving and studying the documents."

Mostyn said he thought the ruling "should tell (Taylor) everything he wants to know, but I'm still unsure why he wanted to know, by attorney, who got paid. It strikes me as odd."[6]

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