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Tim Kleinschmidt
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Texas House of Representatives, District 17
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolLexington High School, 1975
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University, 1978
J.D.Baylor University, 1981
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tim Kleinschmidt (born November 15, 1956 in Giddings, Texas) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Kleinschmidt graduated from Lexington High School in 1975, earned a Bachelor's degree with honors from Texas A&M University in 1978, and earned a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University in 1981. Shortly after receiving his law degree and passing the Texas State Bar in 1981, Kleinschmidt joined the private practice firm of Schneider, Krugler, Kleinschmidt & Weiser, P.C. based in Giddings, Texas, where he is both a share holder as well as an attorney. As a litigator, he specialized in municipal law, real estate, oil and gas, creation of business entities, wills, probate, trusts, estate and asset protection planning, litigation, collections, banking and local counsel for non-resident law firms.

Kleinschmidt has practiced law for 27 years in Central Texas, including as a longtime city attorney for the cities of Giddings and Lexington.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kleinschmidt served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Livestock
Homeland Security & Public Safety

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kleinschmidt served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Authored

  • HB 1840 - Relating to the establishment of an interagency farm-to-school coordination task force.[1]
  • HB 1841 - Relating to the creation of the XS Ranch Municipal Utility District; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[2]
  • HB 3323 - Relating to storage of electronic fingerprint records and access to criminal history record information.[3]
  • HB 3968 - Relating to reduced tuition rates at public institutions of higher education for certain children of state employees.[4]
  • HB 3969 - Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.[5]
  • HB 4772 - Relating to the creation of the Bastrop County Municipal Utility District No. 2; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[6]

Joint Authored

  • HB 140 - Relating to the use or display under certain circumstances of an expired license to carry a concealed handgun. (Removed from local & uncontested calendar)[7]
  • HB 1414 - Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.[8]
  • HB 1863 - Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.[9]

Sponsored

  • SB 1027 - Relating to the establishment of an interagency farm-to-school coordination task force.[10]
  • SB 1204 - Relating to the powers and duties of the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2.[11]

Campaign themes

2012

Kleinschmidt's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Protecting our border; Enforcing the law" - requiring ID to vote, improve enforcement on the border, and end in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
  • "Protecting our pocketbooks" - lower limit on annual property tax appraisal, reduce the property tax burden, cut small business taxes, and encourage drilling and renewable Texas energy.
  • "Looking out for local values" - saying "No way, no how, no Trans-Texas Corridor," and strengthening local water rights.
  • "Protecting local public schools" - more funding for local teachers and schools, not allowing vouchers for small, rural school districts, and ending the over-reliance on standardized tests.

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take 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 will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Tim Kleinschmidt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Carolyn Banks was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Banks will face Kleinschmidt in the general election.[12][13][14]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kleinschmidt ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 17. Kleinschmidt ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Colin Guerra (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kleinschmidt Incumbent 62.2% 31,055
     Democratic Colin Guerra 37.8% 18,837
Total Votes 49,892

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010
Tim Kleinschmidt for Texas House of Representatives Campaign logo


Kleinschmidt won re-election to the 17th house district seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15] He defeated Pat Jacobs, who ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket, and Travis Hill, who campaigned for the seat as a Libertarian.

Texas House of Representatives, District 17
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 28,266 65.09%
Pati Jacobs (D) 13,868 31.93%
Travis Hill (L) 1,291 2.97%

2008

2008 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 54.0%
Donnie Dippel (D) 42.8%
Alan W. Duesterhoft (Libertarian) 3.2%
Total votes 59,710

2006

2006 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 58.4%
Herman W. Brune (R) 41.6%
Total votes 6,112
2006 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Robby Cook (D) 48.9%
Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 47.9%
Roderick (Rod) Gibbs (Libertarian) 3.2%
Total votes 40,148

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kleinschmidt is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Kleinschmidt raised a total of $1,859,682 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[16]

Tim Kleinschmidt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 17 Won $128,703
2010 Texas State House, District 17 Won $556,654
2008 Texas State House, District 17 Won $797,570
2006 Texas State House, District 17 Defeated $376,755
Grand Total Raised $1,859,682

2012

Kleinschmidt won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kleinschmidt raised a total of $128,703.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tim Kleinschmidt's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$21,500
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$18,000
Time Warner Cable$2,500
Texans For Economic Development$2,500
Chickasaw Nation$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$128,703
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kleinschmidt won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kleinschmidt raised a total of $556,654.

2008

Kleinschmidt won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kleinschmidt raised a total of $797,570.

2006

Kleinschmidt lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Kleinschmidt raised a total of $376,755.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[17] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[18]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[18]

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  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
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  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Kleinschmidt received a score of 66.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Kleinschmidt received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Tim Kleinschmidt received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Kleinschmidt and his wife, Anna, have three children. Kleinschmidt is a member and president of the Lee County Bar Association, and belongs to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas Wildlife Association and numerous other organizations.

Controversies

Campaign promise accusation

The first joint appearance of the major party candidates for the Texas House District 17 seat in 2008 was canceled at the last minute after the Democratic nominee, Donnie Dippel, accused Kleinschmidt of reneging on a supposed campaign promise. Dippel chose not to take the stage at the forum after it had been reported to the Democratic candidate that a staffer for opponent's campaign was in the crowd with a video camera. Dippel's campaign claimed that both sides had agreed to a " stipulation against videotaping their opponents, to prevent clips from showing up in attack ads;" Kleinschmidt's camp, however, denied such a deal had been made.[19] Organizers of the forum remarked that while Dippel had raised concerns about videotaping, it was never established in the ground rules for the debate.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robby Cook
Texas House - District 17
2009–present
Succeeded by
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