Texas House of Representatives District 134

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Texas House of Representatives District 134
Current incumbentSarah Davis Republican Party
Population174,421
Race68.8% White, 19.1% Black/Hispanic, 12.0% Other
Ethnicity85.9% Not Hispanic, 14.1% Hispanic
Voting age82.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred thirty-fourth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Sarah Davis.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 174,421 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred thirty-fourth 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. Incumbent Sarah Davis defeated Bonnie Parker in the Republican primary. Alison Ruff was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Davis defeated Ruff in the general election.[10][11][12]

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 Sarah Davis (R) defeated Ann Johnson (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary election.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 134, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Davis Incumbent 54.6% 43,944
     Democratic Ann Johnson 45.4% 36,480
Total Votes 80,424

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 134 have raised a total of $7,286,799. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $331,218 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 134
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,585,134 2 $792,567
2010 $1,095,895 3 $365,298
2008 $538,603 3 $179,534
2006 $1,844,777 3 $614,926
2004 $593,768 3 $197,923
2002 $1,402,328 6 $233,721
2000 $226,294 2 $113,147
Total $7,286,799 22 $331,218

See also

External links

References