Texas House of Representatives District 121

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Texas House of Representatives District 121
Current incumbentJoe Straus Republican Party
Race55.1% White, 40.6% Black/Hispanic, 4.3% Other
Ethnicity65.4% Not Hispanic, 34.6% Hispanic
Voting age76.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred twenty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Joe Straus.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 174,867 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred twenty-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. Incumbent Joe Straus (R) defeated Arthur M. Thomas, IV (L) in the general election. Straus defeated Matt Beebe in the Republican primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 121, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Straus Incumbent 80.2% 50,530
     Libertarian Arthur Thomas IV 19.8% 12,444
Total Votes 62,974
Texas House of Representatives District 121 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Straus Incumbent 62.9% 10,366
Matt Beebe 37.1% 6,109
Total Votes 16,475

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 121 have raised a total of $14,073,066. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $1,279,370 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 121
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $6,764,840 3 $2,254,947
2010 $5,265,357 1 $5,265,357
2008 $378,593 1 $378,593
2006 $678,478 1 $678,478
2004 $211,125 1 $211,125
2002 $235,325 1 $235,325
2000 $539,348 3 $179,783
Total $14,073,066 11 $1,279,370

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