Texas House of Representatives District 137

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Texas House of Representatives District 137
Current incumbentGene Wu Democratic Party
Population170,652
Race14.5% White, 73.8% Two or More Races, 17.5% Black, 11.7% Other
Ethnicity42.5% Not Hispanic, 57.5% Hispanic
Voting age74.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred thirty-seventh state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Gene Wu.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 170,652 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred thirty-seventh 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

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. Gene Wu (D) defeated M.J. Khan (R) in the general election. Wu defeated Jamaal R. Smith, Joseph Carlos Madden, and Sarah Winkler in the Democratic primary election. Wu defeated Smith in the July 31 primary runoff. Khan was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 137, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGene Wu 65.8% 15,832
     Republican M.J. Khan 34.2% 8,245
Total Votes 24,077
Texas House of Representatives District 137 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGene Wu (advanced to runoff) 43.1% 773
Green check mark transparent.pngJamaal R. Smith (advanced to runoff) 24.1% 431
Joseph Carlos Madden 21.8% 391
Sarah Winkler 11% 197
Total Votes 1,792

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 137 have raised a total of $2,691,641. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $158,332 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 137
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $739,529 5 $147,906
2010 $207,548 2 $103,774
2008 $139,201 1 $139,201
2006 $250,705 2 $125,353
2004 $782,296 3 $260,765
2002 $377,224 2 $188,612
2000 $195,138 2 $97,569
Total $2,691,641 17 $158,332

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