Texas House of Representatives District 21

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Texas House of Representatives District 21
Current incumbentAllan Ritter Republican Party
Population172,180
Race77.1% White, 19.4% Black/Hispanic, 3.5% Other
Ethnicity88.9% Not Hispanic, 11.1% Hispanic
Voting age75.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's twenty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Allan Ritter.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 172,180 civilians reside within Texas's twenty-first 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. Dade Phelan defeated Judy Nichols in the Republican primary. Gavin Bruney was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bruney defeated Phelan 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 Allan Ritter (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Ritter defeated Daniel Miller in the Republican primary election.[13]

Texas House of Representatives District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllan Ritter Incumbent 72.7% 9,299
Daniel Miller 27.3% 3,488
Total Votes 12,787

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 21 have raised a total of $3,261,936. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $296,540 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $411,283 2 $205,642
2010 $184,576 1 $184,576
2008 $149,868 1 $149,868
2006 $160,342 1 $160,342
2004 $1,237,380 2 $618,690
2002 $261,378 2 $130,689
2000 $857,109 2 $428,555
Total $3,261,936 11 $296,540

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