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Texas State Senate elections, 2014

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Texas State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

Texas State Senate2014 Texas House Elections
Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013.

Elections to 150 of the 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas State Legislature, also take place in 2014. Seven statewide elected positions in the state government, including the office of Governor of Texas, are also at stake.

Both chambers of the Texas State Legislature are dominated by Republicans heading into November 2014.

Incumbents retiring

In the 15 Texas senate districts with elections in 2014, three incumbents chose not to seek re-election. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Dan Patrick Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
Ken Paxton Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
Wendy Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 10

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Texas State Senate:

Texas State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 Pending
     Republican Party 18 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 31 31

Qualifications

Candidate Ballot Access
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To be eligible to serve in the Texas State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 26 years old before the general election
  • A five-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Redistricting lawsuit

The Texas State Legislature is being sued for unconstitutional redistricting of the state house districts following the 2010 census.[2] The U.S. Department of Justice argued on July 14, 2014, that the redistricting of the state's legislative districts "discriminated against Hispanic voters and tried to protect Republican incumbents."[3] In 2013, Texas was one of fifteen states with a history of voting discrimination that was deemed by the high court as no longer needing approval from Washington under the Voting Rights Act to change election laws.[4][5] The Justice Department argues that Texas should still be required to obtain federal approval. Attorney for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Bryan Sells, said that Texas has "adopted maps that discriminated against its citizens" since 1970.[5] Patrick Sweeten, an Assistant Texas Attorney General, said, "No one in the Texas Legislature discriminated on the basis of race."[5] If the Texas Legislature is proven to be guilty of discrimination, it could have to be approved for election or voting law changes by the U.S. Attorney General or federal judges.[3] A map of the state house districts for the 83rd Legislature can be found on the Texas Legislative Council website. This lawsuit will have no effect on the 2014 legislative elections.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 7 of the 15 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of one Democratc and six Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances. Just one of these seats, District 10, held competitive elections in 2012.

  • District 10: Two Democrats, five Republicans and two Libertarians will vie for the seat vacated by Wendy Davis (D). Davis is running for Governor of Texas in 2014, but won her seat in 2012 by a margin of victory of two percent.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 8 of the 19 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

Six incumbents faced primary competition on March 4. One of them, long-time incumbent John Carona, narrowly lost his March 4 bid for another term to newcomer Donald Huffines. Another incumbent, Bob Deuell, was defeated in the May 27 runoff election by Bob Hall. Six incumbents sailed through the primary without an opponent.

The state senators who faced primary opposition are:

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 12 (80.0%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and two Republicans, can be found above.

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on June 7, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 2

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Republican Party May 27 Republican runoff candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bob Hall
Libertarian Party Don Bates

District 3

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Robert Nichols: 70,138 Approveda - Incumbent Nichols first assumed office in 2007.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Robert Nichols
Libertarian Party J. Tyler Lindsay

District 5

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joel Shapiro
Republican Party Charles Schwertner
Libertarian Party Matthew Whittington

District 7

Note: Incumbent Dan Patrick (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: Michael Shawn Kelly did not appear on the primary election ballot.

Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Davis
Republican Party Paul Bettencourt
Libertarian Party Whitney Bilyeu

District 8

Note: Incumbent Ken Paxton (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Van Taylor
Libertarian Party Scott Jameson

District 9

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kelly Hancock: 27,379 Approveda - Incumbent Hancock first assumed office in 2013.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

Note: Nicolas Wallace was removed from the candidate list before the general election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Perry
Republican Party Kelly Hancock

District 10

Note: Incumbent Wendy Davis (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: George Boll withdrew before the primary but remained on the primary election ballot.

Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Republican Party May 27 Republican runoff candidates:
Green Party Green candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Libby Willis
Republican Party Konni Burton
Green Party John Tunmire
Libertarian Party Gene Lord

District 14

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Kirk Watson: 36,761 Approveda - Incumbent Watson first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kirk Watson
Libertarian Party James Strohm

District 15

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Whitmire
Republican Party Ron Hale
Libertarian Party Gilberto Velasquez, Jr.

District 16

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Donald Huffines
Libertarian Party Mike Dooling

District 17

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
Green Party Green candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rita Lucido
Republican Party Joan Huffman
Libertarian Party George Hardy
Green Party David Courtney

District 23

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Royce West: 32,493 Approveda - Incumbent West first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Royce West
Republican Party John Lawson
Libertarian Party Jonathan F. Erhardt Approveda

District 25

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Boone
Republican Party Donna Campbell
Libertarian Party Brandin Lea

District 30

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
  • Craig Estes: 57,911 Approveda - Incumbent Estes first assumed office in 2001.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig Estes
Libertarian Party Cory Lane

District 31

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 4 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kel Seliger
Libertarian Party Steven Gibson

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