Texas House of Representatives District 78

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Texas House of Representatives District 78
Current incumbentJoe Moody Democratic Party
Race23.4% White, 73.5% Black/Hispanic, 3.1% Other
Ethnicity31.4% Not Hispanic, 68.6% Hispanic
Voting age69.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's seventy-eighth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Joe Moody.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 160,161 civilians reside within Texas's seventy-eighth 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).


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


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]


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]


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]



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 Joseph Moody was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[10][11][12]


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. Joe Moody (D) defeated incumbent Dee Margo (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Moody 53.8% 22,650
     Republican Dee Margo Incumbent 46.2% 19,430
Total Votes 42,080

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 78 have raised a total of $6,017,785. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $376,112 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 78
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,320,667 2 $660,334
2010 $1,629,104 4 $407,276
2008 $2,264,834 4 $566,209
2006 $545,251 2 $272,626
2004 $132,372 2 $66,186
2002 $50,032 1 $50,032
2000 $75,525 1 $75,525
Total $6,017,785 16 $376,112

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