Tony Dale

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Tony Dale
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Texas House of Representatives, District 136
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Tony Dale campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Tony Dale is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 136. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Dale's professional experience includes owning a small business as well as a consulting firm advising clients on energy related matters. Dale served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Captain.

Dale served on the Cedar Park City Council, having been appointed in 2009.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars
Energy Resources
Homeland Security & Public Safety

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Dale's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Immigration is a federal problem, and a true solution must come from Washington. But, Washington DC’s failure to secure the border and its loose policies make it impossible to distinguish between immigrants seeking freedom and prosperity from the criminals who intend to do us harm."

Education Reform

  • Excerpt: "Government should do a few things and do them right. On the state level, no other issue epitomizes this rule more than education. Texas has some of the best schools in the nation, and some of the worst. I am confident that how much money we spend isn’t the only variable in the equation."

Taxes and the economy

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to maintain a business climate where taxes are low, regulations are reasonable and predictable and where our civil justice system allows for proper redress in the courts, but does not reward jackpot justice."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We must keep infrastructure dollars targeted at road and bridges and reduce bureaucratic roadblocks to building roads. There’s a reason that “shovel ready” jobs never really get done as fast as advertised. Common sense environmental and safety regulations are needed, but today’s red tape has exploded far beyond what is needed or healthy. For Texas highways to get moving, we need to move dirt faster than paper."

Values

  • Excerpt: "I believe in being tough on crime. Williamson County has a strong anti-crime reputation, and I have fought to keep it that way, working with local prosecutors and judges on a number of issues both locally and statewide. But we must also uphold the law and protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution. That is why I’m proud to have helped pass the Michael Morton Act."

2012

Dale's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Taxes/Economy

  • Excerpt: "I believe in keeping taxes low in order to keep opportunity high, cutting red tape so that communities can cut ribbons, rolling back mandates and empowering entrepreneurship. I know that true job security is not a government program paying people to work (or not to), but the economic security businesses need to create the jobs themselves."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I will look for solutions in our best schools and then challenge others to learn from them. I support empowering results, not subsidizing the status quo. I support policies that move education forward not by raising taxes, but by keeping the tax rate low and the economy growing."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We must keep infrastructure dollars targeted at road and bridges and reduce bureaucratic roadblocks to building roads. There’s a reason that “shovel ready” jobs never really get done as fast as advertised. Common sense environmental and safety regulations are needed, but today’s red tape has exploded far beyond what is needed or healthy. For Texas highways to get moving, we need to move dirt faster than paper."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Immigration is a federal problem, and a true solution must come from Washington. But there are steps that can be taken at the local level to mitigate the effects. I led the charge to use E-Verify for all new hires at the City of Cedar Park to ensure legal work status of city employees. Proper stewardship of taxpayer resources demands nothing less. As your state representative, I will push for expansion of E-Verify to cover all state employees and contractors."

Sovereignty

  • Excerpt: "Obamacare was an ill-conceived mandate that will shred liberty, reduce the quality of care, and do nothing for the out-of-control cost of health care in America. More importantly, it has created uncertainty among businesses because the costs per employee are still unknown, and potentially unsustainable."

Values

  • Excerpts:
  • "I believe in being tough on crime. Williamson County has a strong anti-crime reputation, and I have fought to keep it that way, working with local prosecutors and judges on a number of issues both locally and statewide."
  • "I believe in the right to bear arms and the responsibilities that go with that right. The Second Amendment isn’t just an archaic document. It is the guarantor of all of our other freedoms."
  • "I believe in the sanctity of innocent life. All children, even the unborn, should have a chance at life. The best way to fight abortion is through truth and love. I will fight to defend Texas’ new sonogram law and will support programs that provide options for mothers in distress."

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 Tony Dale was unopposed in the Republican primary. John Bucy, III was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bucy, Dale and Justin Billiot (L) will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dale won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 136. Dale defeated Paul B. Matthews in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 136, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTony Dale 53.1% 32,383
     Democratic Matt Stillwell 40.7% 24,851
     Libertarian Matthew Whittington 6.2% 3,802
Total Votes 61,036
Texas House of Representatives District 136 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Dale 66.4% 5,126
Paul B. Matthews 33.6% 2,597
Total Votes 7,723

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dale is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Dale raised a total of $511,083 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[6]

Tony Dale's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 136 Won $511,083
Grand Total Raised $511,083

2012

Dale won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dale raised a total of $511,083.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tony Dale's campaign in 2012
Texas Republican Party$117,003
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$77,752
Associated Republicans Of Texas$52,500
Dale, Tony$35,000
Texas Oil & Gas Association$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$511,083
Source:Follow the Money

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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • 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.

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."[9] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Dale received a score of 64.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Dale and his wife, Mary, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Woolley (R)
Texas House District 136
2013–present
Succeeded by
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