Todd Hunter

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Todd Hunter
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Texas House of Representatives, District 32
Incumbent
In office
1989-1997, 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
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 32
1989-1997
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Todd Hunter is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 32. He was elected to the chamber in 2008.

Hunter served in the Texas House of Representatives previously, serving from 1989 to 1997.

Biography

Hunter is a Senior Partner in the Hunter and Handel Professional Corporation, and has been a practicing attorney since 1978.

He is a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Director/Advisory Board Member for the Coastal Bend Boy Scouts of America, member of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service Board, Corpus Christi Rotary Club, and Texas Lyceum Association.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars, Chair
County Affairs
General Investigating & Ethics
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Redistricting

2011-2012

Hunter served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 2252 - Relating to grants for local areas adversely affected by a reduction in defense-related activity.
  • HB 2874 - Relating to granting certain counties authority to regulate the cutting of certain trees; providing a penalty.
  • HB 3975 - Relating to a waste tire recycling program; imposing administrative and civil penalties.
  • HB 4288 - Relating to health care coverage for children in Title IV-D cases.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Hunter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Supports reforms to make insurance and health care more affordable for District 32 families."
  • "Opposes efforts to increase taxes on hard working Texans."
  • "Supports school accountability and innovative solutions to expand opportunities in public education and higher education."
  • "Supports a strong business climate to help produce jobs, a better economy and a better way of life for Texas families."
  • "Supports making our border more secure to protect Texans from increased drug trafficking and terrorists."
  • "Supports anti-crime initiatives that will protect Texans and increase the ability of local law enforcement officers to do their jobs."

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 Todd Hunter was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election. Joshua Byerly (Green) was removed from the candidate list.[3][4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hunter ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 32. Hunter ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hunter won re-election unopposed to the District 32 seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 32
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Todd Hunter (R) 28,215 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Hunter won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 32nd District, defeating Juan Garcia III (D) and Lenard Nelson (L). Hunter received 27,844 votes in the election while election, whileed 25,994 votes, and Nelson received 1,705 votes.[7] Hunter raised $967,393 for his campaign; Garcia raised $1,498,278.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 32
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Todd Hunter (R) 27,844 50.13%
Juan Garcia III (D) 25,994 46.79%
Lenard Nelson (L) 1,705 3.06%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $2,985,721 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[9]

Todd Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 32 Won $1,096,416
2010 Texas State House, District 32 Won $921,912
2008 Texas State House, District 32 Won $967,393
Grand Total Raised $2,985,721

2012

Hunter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $1,096,416.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Todd Hunter's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$25,000
AT&T$22,210
Butt, Charles C$20,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$15,000
Ryan & Co$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,096,416
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hunter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $921,912.

2008

Hunter won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $967,393.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.[11]

  • 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 on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • 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

Hunter received a score of 51 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Hunter received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Todd Hunter received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Hunter is married to Alexis Taylor Hunter and the couple has three children, Todd Hunter, Jr., Michael Hunter, and Christina Hunter.

Controversies

Mediator work and donations

Hunter is also a mediator and served in May and June 2010 in a dispute between residential property owners and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. Records show that Hunter accepted a $25,000 donation from one of the property owner lawyers, prominent Democratic donor Steve Mostyn, within days of Hunter being confirmed as mediator. Hunter said the donation was agreed upon before his confirmation as mediator.[12]

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Texas House District 32
2009–present
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