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Texas House of Representatives District 144

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Texas House of Representatives District 144
Current incumbentMary Ann Perez Democratic Party
Race20.6% White, 78.3% Black/Hispanic, 1.1% Other
Ethnicity25.1% Not Hispanic, 74.9% Hispanic
Voting age67.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's one hundred forty-fourth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Mary Ann Perez.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 161,859 civilians reside within Texas's one hundred forty-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).


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. Mary Ann Perez (D) defeated David Pineda (R) and Robb Rourke (L) in the general election. Perez defeated Ornaldo Ybarra and Kevin J. Risner in the Democratic primary election. Pineda defeated Gilbert Pena in the Republican primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 144, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Perez 52.1% 12,446
     Republican David Pineda 45.5% 10,885
     Libertarian Robb Rourke 2.4% 573
Total Votes 23,904
Texas House of Representatives District 144 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Perez 52.2% 1,149
Ornaldo Ybarra 26.8% 591
Kevin Risner 21% 462
Total Votes 2,202
Texas House of Representatives District 144 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Pineda 58.2% 1,437
Gilbert Pena 41.8% 1,030
Total Votes 2,467

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 144 have raised a total of $3,484,090. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $204,946 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 144
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,053,198 6 $175,533
2010 $813,774 2 $406,887
2008 $1,215,963 3 $405,321
2006 $183,616 2 $91,808
2004 $85,219 1 $85,219
2002 $54,198 1 $54,198
2000 $78,122 2 $39,061
Total $3,484,090 17 $204,946

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