Texas House of Representatives District 79

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Texas House of Representatives District 79
Current incumbentJoe Pickett Democratic Party
Population160,658
Race12.6% White, 85.8% Black/Hispanic, 1.6% Other
Ethnicity17.6% Not Hispanic, 82.4% Hispanic
Voting age70.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's seventy-ninth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Joe Pickett.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 160,658 civilians reside within Texas's seventy-ninth 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 Joe Pickett (D) was unchallenged in the general election. Pickett was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 79 have raised a total of $855,113. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $85,511 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 79
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,648 1 $74,648
2010 $202,631 1 $202,631
2008 $89,802 1 $89,802
2006 $99,768 2 $49,884
2004 $125,579 2 $62,790
2002 $131,017 2 $65,509
2000 $131,668 1 $131,668
Total $855,113 10 $85,511

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