Texas House of Representatives District 126

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Texas House of Representatives District 126
Current incumbentPatricia Harless Republican Party
Population169,256
Race43.4% White, 45.1% Black/Hispanic, 11.6% Other[1]
Ethnicity69.6% Not Hispanic, 30.4% Hispanic
Voting age72.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's one hundred twenty-sixth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Patricia Harless.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 169,256 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred twenty-sixth state house district.[2] Texas state representatives represent an average of 167,637 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 139,012 residents.[4]

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:[5]

  • 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.[6]

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. .[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

The Secretary of State can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition.[10]

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. Incumbent Patricia Harless was unopposed in the Republican primary. Harless defeated Cris Hernandez (L) in the general election.[11][12][13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 126 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Harless Incumbent 86.3% 23,899
     Libertarian Cris Hernandez 13.7% 3,791
Total Votes 27,690

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. Incumbent Patricia Harless (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Harless was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[14]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 126 have raised a total of $1,788,352. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $149,029 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 126
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $209,461 1 $209,461
2010 $214,129 2 $107,065
2008 $233,392 2 $116,696
2006 $848,359 3 $282,786
2004 $123,090 2 $61,545
2002 $102,044 1 $102,044
2000 $57,877 1 $57,877
Total $1,788,352 12 $149,029

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