Texas House of Representatives District 8

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Texas House of Representatives District 8
Current incumbentByron Cook Republican Party
Race64.5% White, 33.9% Black/Hispanic, 1.6% Other
Ethnicity81.5% Not Hispanic, 18.5% Hispanic
Voting age77.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's eighth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Byron Cook.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 161,098 civilians reside within Texas's 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 Byron Cook defeated Bobby Vickery and Charles Morgan in the Republican primary. Cook defeated John Wilford (L) 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. Byron Cook (R) defeated Charles E. Morgan (D) in the general election. Cook defeated Bobby Vickery in the Republican primary election. Morgan was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngByron Cook Incumbent 73% 35,996
     Democratic Charles Morgan 27% 13,339
Total Votes 49,335
Texas House of Representatives District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngByron Cook Incumbent 62% 9,600
Bobby Vickery 38% 5,885
Total Votes 15,485

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 8 have raised a total of $2,173,097. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $127,829 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $564,007 3 $188,002
2010 $304,963 2 $152,482
2008 $306,614 2 $153,307
2006 $247,296 2 $123,648
2004 $73,079 1 $73,079
2002 $597,363 6 $99,561
2000 $79,775 1 $79,775
Total $2,173,097 17 $127,829

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