Texas House of Representatives District 83

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Texas House of Representatives District 83
Current incumbentDustin Burrows Republican Party
Race62.1% White, 35.9% Black/Hispanic, 2.0% Other[1]
Ethnicity68.3% Not Hispanic, 31.7% Hispanic
Voting age73.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Texas's eighty-third state house district is represented by Republican Representative Dustin Burrows.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 173,918 civilians reside within Texas's eighty-third 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 Charles Perry defeated Steve Massengale in the Republican primary[11][12][13]and was to be unchallenged in the general election. However, Perry dropped out of the race to participate in a September 9, 2014, special election for the Texas State Senate.[14] In Perry's place, two new candidates have been chosen by their respective primaries to participate in the general election: Max R. Tarbox (D) and Dustin Burrows (R). Burrows defeated Tarbox in the general election.[14][15][16]

Texas House of Representatives, District 83 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDustin Burrows 81.2% 26,950
     Democratic Max Tarbox 18.8% 6,231
Total Votes 33,181


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 Charles Perry (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Perry defeated Delwin Jones in the Republican primary election.[17]

Texas House of Representatives District 83 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Perry Incumbent 71.1% 13,142
Delwin Jones 28.9% 5,343
Total Votes 18,485

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 83 have raised a total of $3,032,800. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $202,187 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 83
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $262,382 1 $262,382
2010 $1,068,647 3 $356,216
2008 $262,750 2 $131,375
2006 $967,448 4 $241,862
2004 $76,887 2 $38,444
2002 $326,939 2 $163,470
2000 $67,747 1 $67,747
Total $3,032,800 15 $202,187

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  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 83 - Planh309," accessed October 1, 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. 14.0 14.1 ‘’Everything Lubbock.com’’, “Democrats Choose Tarbox to Replace Perry on Ballot,” August 25, 2014
  15. ‘’Texas Secretary of State’’, “November 4, 2014 General Election Candidates,” accessed October 17, 2014
  16. L. Scott Mann, ‘’KCBD’’, “Republicans name Dustin Burrows as House District 83 candidate,” August 21, 2014
  17. Office of the Secretary of State, "State of Texas 2012 General Election," November 6, 2012