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Texas House of Representatives District 17
Current incumbentJohn Cyrier Republican Party
Population163,480
Race51.9% White, 46.4% Black/Hispanic, 1.7% Other[1]
Ethnicity61.7% Not Hispanic, 38.3% Hispanic
Voting age74.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's seventeenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative John Cyrier.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 163,480 civilians reside within Texas's seventeenth 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

2015

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2015

Shelley Cartier (D), Ty McDonald (D), John Cyrier (R), Brent Golemon (R) and Linda Curtis (I) faced off in the special election on January 6, 2015.[11] Since no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters, Cyrier and Golemon, met in a runoff election on February 17, which Cyrier won.[12][13]

The seat was vacant following Tim Kleinschmidt's (R) resignation to become general counsel for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.[14]

A special election for the position of Texas House of Representatives District 17 was called for January 6, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 22, 2014.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 17, Special Runoff Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cyrier 52.1% 4,149
     Republican Brent Golemon 47.9% 3,821
Total Votes 7,970
Texas House of Representatives, District 17, Special Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cyrier 46.1% 3,520
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrent Golemon 24.5% 1,867
     Independent Linda Curtis 13.7% 1,046
     Democratic Ty McDonald 11.9% 907
     Democratic Shelley Cartier 3.8% 291
Total Votes 7,631

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 Tim Kleinschmidt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Carolyn Banks was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Banks was defeated by Kleinschmidt in the general election.[15][16][17]

Texas House of Representatives, District 17 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kleinschmidt Incumbent 64.6% 22,737
     Democratic Carolyn Banks 35.4% 12,459
Total Votes 35,196

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 Tim Kleinschmidt (R) defeated Colin J. Guerra (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[18]

Texas House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kleinschmidt Incumbent 62.2% 31,055
     Democratic Colin Guerra 37.8% 18,837
Total Votes 49,892

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 17 have raised a total of $3,841,862. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $192,093 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $129,003 2 $64,502
2010 $741,454 2 $370,727
2008 $1,464,153 3 $488,051
2006 $746,065 3 $248,688
2004 $444,126 7 $63,447
2002 $226,522 2 $113,261
2000 $90,539 1 $90,539
Total $3,841,862 20 $192,093

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Texas Legislative Council, "House District 17 - Planh309," accessed September 28, 2013
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  5. Texas Secretary of State, "Qualifications for office," accessed December 18, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. USA Today, "State lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't," September 23, 2011
  8. Texas Legislature "Texas Election Code"(Referenced Statute 3.003 (3))
  9. Texas Legislature, "Texas Election Code," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 3.003 (3)(b)-(c))
  10. Texas Legislature, "Texas Election Code," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 2.055 (3)(b)-(c))
  11. Texas Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed December 25, 2014
  12. Texas Tribune, "Three Elections, No Winners Yet," January 6, 2015
  13. Texas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed February 25, 2015
  14. 14.0 14.1 Houston Chronicle, "Perry sets 3 special elections for Jan. 6," December 15, 2014
  15. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
  16. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Office of the Secretary of State, "State of Texas 2012 General Election," November 6, 2012