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Texas House of Representatives District 59

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Texas House of Representatives District 59
Current incumbentJ.D. Sheffield Republican Party
Race69.8% White, 27.1% Black/Hispanic, 3.2% Other[1]
Ethnicity81.4% Not Hispanic, 18.6% Hispanic
Voting age74.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's fifty-ninth state house district is represented by Republican Representative J.D. Sheffield.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 163,609 civilians reside within Texas's fifty-ninth 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).


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


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]


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]


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]



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 J.D. Sheffield defeated Danny Pelton and Howard Ray in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[11][12][13]


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. J.D. Sheffield (R) defeated Bill Norris (D) in the general election. Sid Miller defeated J.D. Sheffield and Mike Jones in the Republican primary election. Sheffield defeated Miller in the July 31 primary runoff. Norris was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.D. Sheffield 78.2% 36,706
     Democratic Bill Norris 21.8% 10,212
Total Votes 46,918
Texas House of Representatives District 59 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller (advanced to runoff) Incumbent 42.5% 7,778
Green check mark transparent.pngJ.D. Sheffield (advanced to runoff) 41.5% 7,599
Mike Jones 16% 2,932
Total Votes 18,309

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 59 have raised a total of $2,975,488. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $175,029 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 59
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $711,245 4 $177,811
2010 $146,940 3 $48,980
2008 $384,119 2 $192,060
2006 $189,843 2 $94,922
2004 $160,984 2 $80,492
2002 $539,535 2 $269,768
2000 $842,822 2 $421,411
Total $2,975,488 17 $175,029

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