Texas House of Representatives District 37

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Texas House of Representatives District 37
Current incumbentRene Oliveira Democratic Party
Population169,088
Race9.4% White, 90.0% Black/Hispanic, 0.6% Other
Ethnicity10.2% Not Hispanic, 89.8% Hispanic
Voting age67.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's thirty-seventh state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Rene Oliveira.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 169,088 civilians reside within Texas's 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. Rene Oliveira (D) was unchallenged in the general election. Oliveira defeated Alex Dominguez in the Democratic primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives District 37 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRene Oliveira 62.6% 5,892
Alex Dominguez 37.4% 3,517
Total Votes 9,409

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 37 have raised a total of $1,416,534. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $157,393 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 37
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $266,340 2 $133,170
2010 $336,775 1 $336,775
2008 $338,423 2 $169,212
2006 $111,450 1 $111,450
2004 $70,300 1 $70,300
2002 $131,501 1 $131,501
2000 $161,745 1 $161,745
Total $1,416,534 9 $157,393

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