Texas House of Representatives District 115

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Texas House of Representatives District 115
Current incumbentBennett Ratliff Republican Party
Population166,734
Race44.2% White, 34.8% Black/Hispanic, 21.0% Other
Ethnicity76.4% Not Hispanic, 23.6% Hispanic
Voting age75.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's one hundred-fifteenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Bennett Ratliff.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 166,734 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred-fifteenth 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).

Qualifications

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

Salaries

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]

Pension

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]

Vacancies

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]

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. Matt Rinaldi defeated incumbent Bennett Ratliff in the Republican primary. Paul Stafford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rinaldi defeated Stafford and Kim Kelley (L) in the general election.[10][11][12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 115 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Rinaldi 57.1% 16,999
     Democratic Paul Stafford 39.5% 11,767
     Libertarian Kim Kelley 3.4% 999
Total Votes 29,765

2012

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. Bennett Ratliff (R) defeated Mary Clare Fabishak (D) and Preston Poulter (L) in the general election. Steve Nguyen defeated Ratliff, Matt Rinaldi, Andy Olivo, and Lib Grimmett in the Republican primary election. Ratliff defeated Nguyen in the July 31 primary runoff. Fabishak was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBennett Ratliff 57.6% 41,784
     Democratic Mary Clare Fabishak 40.1% 29,082
     Libertarian Preston Poulter 2.4% 1,711
Total Votes 72,577
Texas House of Representatives District 115 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Nguyen (advanced to runoff) 35% 3,081
Green check mark transparent.pngBennett Ratliff (advanced to runoff) 30.1% 2,644
Matt Rinaldi 26.6% 2,338
Andy Olivo 5.1% 452
Lib Grimmett 3.2% 278
Total Votes 8,793

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 115 have raised a total of $2,111,632. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $150,831 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 115
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,297,696 6 $216,283
2010 $98,443 1 $98,443
2008 $103,239 1 $103,239
2006 $101,797 1 $101,797
2004 $56,687 1 $56,687
2002 $207,669 2 $103,835
2000 $246,101 2 $123,051
Total $2,111,632 14 $150,831

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