Texas House of Representatives District 117
|Texas House of Representatives District 117|
|Current incumbent||Rick Galindo|
|Race||27.6% White, 69.3% Black/Hispanic, 3.1% Other|
|Ethnicity||36.8% Not Hispanic, 63.2% Hispanic|
|Voting age||69.4% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 168,692 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred-seventeenth state house district. Texas state representatives represent an average of 167,637 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 139,012 residents.
About the office
- 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.
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. .
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat. 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.
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 Philip Cortez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rick Galindo defeated John Garza in the Republican primary. Cortez was defeated by Galindo in the general election.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 117 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Philip Cortez Incumbent||47.3%||11,521|
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. Philip Cortez (D) defeated incumbent John Garza (R) in the general election. Cortez defeated Tina Torres and Ken Mireles in the Democratic primary election. Cortez defeated Torres in the July 31 primary runoff. Garza was unopposed in the Republican primary election.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 117, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Garza Incumbent||46.2%||19,214|
|Texas House of Representatives District 117 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Philip Cortez (advanced to runoff)||35.1%||1,343|
|Tina Torres (advanced to runoff)||34%||1,302|
Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 117 have raised a total of $3,834,054. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $213,003 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 117|
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