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Texas House of Representatives District 50
Current incumbentCelia Israel Democratic Party
Population166,516
Race47.5% White, 40.8% Black/Hispanic, 11.7% Other[1]
Ethnicity71.2% Not Hispanic, 28.8% Hispanic
Voting age74.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's fiftieth state house district seat is currently represented by Democratic Representative Celia Israel.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 166,516 civilians reside within Texas's fiftieth 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

2014

General election

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. Celia Israel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike VanDeWalle was unopposed in the Republican primary. David Dreesen was running as a Libertarian candidate. Israel defeated VanDeWalle and Dreesen in the general election.[11][12][13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel Incumbent 58.7% 22,690
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 37.1% 14,359
     Libertarian David Dreesen 4.2% 1,620
Total Votes 38,669

Special election

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2014

Celia Israel (D) and Mike VanDeWalle (R) advanced past Rico Reyes (D) and Jade Chang Sheppard (D) in the special election.[14][15] Israel defeated VanDeWalle in the runoff election.[16][17]

The seat was vacant following Mark Strama's (D) resignation to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas.[18]

A special election for the position of Texas House of Representatives District 50 was called for November 5, 2013, with a runoff if necessary on January 28, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 4, 2013.[18]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 59.6% 6,275
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 40.4% 4,245
Total Votes 10,520
Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike VanDeWalle 39.2% 5,853
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 31.8% 4,755
Total Votes 14,936

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 Mark Strama (D) was unchallenged in the general election. Strama was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[19]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 50 have raised a total of $3,871,168. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $175,962 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 50
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $89,276 1 $89,276
2010 $422,954 4 $105,739
2008 $221,258 2 $110,629
2006 $690,470 4 $172,618
2004 $1,643,221 3 $547,740
2002 $655,784 6 $109,297
2000 $148,205 2 $74,103
Total $3,871,168 22 $175,962

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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 50 - 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, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
  12. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. sos.state.tx.us, "Candidates for House of Representatives, District 50 Special Election," accessed September 6, 2013
  15. team1.sos.state.tx.us, "Unofficial election results," November 5, 2013 (timed out)
  16. Texas Tribune, "Israel Defeats VanDeWalle in HD-50 Runoff," January 28, 2014
  17. Texas Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed February 21, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 texastribune.org, "Special Election to Replace Strama Set for Nov. 5," July 11, 2013
  19. Office of the Secretary of State, "State of Texas 2012 General Election," November 6, 2012