Texas House of Representatives District 101

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Texas House of Representatives District 101
Current incumbentChris Turner Democratic Party
Race25.4% White, 63.5% Black/Hispanic, 11.1% Other
Ethnicity63.8% Not Hispanic, 36.2% Hispanic
Voting age66.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Chris Turner.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 164,664 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred-first state house district.[1] Texas state representatives represent an average of 167,637 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 139,012 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Texas House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Texas legislators assume office at the beginning of the legislative session (January).


To be eligible to serve in the Texas House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A two-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Texas Legislature are paid $7,200/year. Legislators receive $150/day per diem which is set by the Ethics Commission.[5]


When calculating a legislators' pension, their normal salary is artificially inflated to $125,000. This goes back to 1981, when lawmakers linked their salaries to those of state judges. Since then, they raised judges' salaries while removing the caps on their own pensions, pushing the maximum benefit up to 100% of a judge's salary.

In 2011, this resulted in an average state employee pension of $17,526 annually. The maximum pension a legislator can earn is $125,000, of which Rep. Tom Craddick (R) will be the first to qualify for when he retires. .[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat.[7] A Governor's proclamation to a special election must be delivered to local elections authorities representing the vacant seat no later than 36 days before the scheduled election.[8]

The Secretary of State can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition.[9]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 29, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Chris Turner (D) defeated Carl Nulsen (L) in the general election. Turner defeated Paula Hightower Pierson and Vickie Barnett in the Democratic primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 101, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Turner 87.9% 28,943
     Libertarian Carl Nulsen 12.1% 3,984
Total Votes 32,927
Texas House of Representatives District 101 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Turner 53.1% 1,869
Paula Hightower Pierson 33.8% 1,191
Vickie Barnett 13.1% 461
Total Votes 3,521

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 101 have raised a total of $3,602,899. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $225,181 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 101
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $478,815 3 $159,605
2010 $1,542,896 4 $385,724
2008 $1,170,419 3 $390,140
2006 $226,055 2 $113,028
2004 $52,896 1 $52,896
2002 $36,593 1 $36,593
2000 $95,225 2 $47,613
Total $3,602,899 16 $225,181

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