Texas House of Representatives District 31

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Texas House of Representatives District 31
Current incumbentRyan Guillen Democratic Party
Population171,858
Race18.3% White, 81.0% Black/Hispanic, 0.7% Other
Ethnicity19.8% Not Hispanic, 80.2% Hispanic
Voting age70.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's thirty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Ryan Guillen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 171,858 civilians reside within Texas's thirty-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

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 Ryan Guillen (D) defeated Ann Matthews (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Guillen Incumbent 66.3% 27,856
     Republican Ann Matthews 33.7% 14,163
Total Votes 42,019

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 31 have raised a total of $1,408,654. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $140,865 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $435,212 2 $217,606
2010 $119,923 1 $119,923
2008 $233,682 1 $233,682
2006 $189,741 1 $189,741
2004 $100,298 1 $100,298
2002 $195,230 3 $65,077
2000 $134,568 1 $134,568
Total $1,408,654 10 $140,865

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