Wayne Christian

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Wayne Christian
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Texas Railroad Commission
Former Candidate
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 9
1997 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sStephen F. Austin University (1973)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 26, 1950
Place of birthCenter, TX
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Campaign website
Wayne Christian was a Republican candidate for Texas Railroad Commission in the 2014 elections.

Christian is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 9 from 1997-2013.

First elected to the House in 1996, Christian is a prominent conservative in Texas politics and is president of the Texas Conservative Coalition[1]. He has been vice chairman of the House Committee on Financial Institutions and a member of the Calendars Committee, the Human Services Committee and the House Rural Caucus.[2]

Biography

Christian owns an investment company and is a registered representative of Sun America Securities Inc. of Center, Texas. The representative was born in Center, raised in nearby Tenaha, Texas, and now lives in Center.[3]

He is a 1973 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where he received a bachelor's degree in business and minored in marketing. The university is in Christian's state House district, and Christian's official online biography highlights his getting a bill passed to allow the university to renovate its student center.[4]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Wayne Christian served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

Issues

  • HB 425 - Relating to a prohibition against changing the name of certain public institutions of higher education that are named after state historical figures.
  • HB 830 - Relating to drug testing of certain persons seeking or receiving financial assistance benefits.
  • HB 1320 - Relating to creating an offense for engaging in certain conduct relating to cockfighting and to the criminal and civil consequences of committing that offense.
  • HB 1400 - Relating to the creation of a public integrity unit in the office of the attorney general to prosecute offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses, and offenses involving insurance fraud.[5]

Campaign themes

Christian's website highlights the following campaign themes:[6]

Job Creation: Low Taxes and Commonsense Regulation

  • Excerpt:"I have consistently fought for lower taxes on the individual and on job producing industries most important to East Texas, such as energy and agriculture."

Fighting for the Right to Life

  • Excerpt:"I am unabashed in my stance for life and will continue to work hard to make sure that we limit the heinous practice of abortion as much as we can in our state, and I pledge to continue to seek and take away any tax dollars going towards or supporting abortion in our state."

Honoring the 2nd Amendment and Gun Rights

  • Excerpt:"I have always and will continue to oppose any measure introduced in the Texas House which would restrict our Constitutional right to bear arms, and I will fully support legislation aimed at empowering law-abiding Texans to own, use, and enjoy firearms."

Protecting Private Property Rights

  • Excerpt:"I have introduced legislation several times to end property taxes and find a more equitable solution to school finance. I do not believe that property owners should shoulder the tax burden for our schools alone"

Standing Against Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt:"I have coauthored legislation to make English the official language of our state, mandate the verification of an arrested person’s immigration status before they are released, require state agencies to study and report the effect of illegal immigration on their annual costs, issue driver’s licenses only to people who are lawfully allowed to work in this country, and repeal “in-state” tuition rates at our colleges and universities for illegal immigrants."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Christian ran for election to the office of Texas Railroad Commission. Christian came in first for the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4 and lost to Ryan Sitton in a runoff on May 27.[7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

  • Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Becky Berger 16.8% 197,791
Malachi Boyuls 10% 117,117
Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Christian 42.7% 501,789
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 30.5% 358,817
Total Votes 1,175,514
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
  • Runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Wayne Christian 42.8% 296,762
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 57.2% 397,391
Total Votes 694,153
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 98 precincts reporting.

Endorsements

  • Texas Right to Life PAC[8]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Christian ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 9. Christian was defeated by Chris Paddie in the May 29 primary election.[9][10][11]

Texas House of Representatives District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Paddie 52.2% 9,335
Wayne Christian Incumbent 47.8% 8,558
Total Votes 17,893

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Christian won re-election to the 9th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. He defeated Democrat Kenneth Franks in the general election on November 2, 2010.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 9
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 23,754 72.15%
Kenneth Franks (D) 9,169 27.84%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Christian won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 9th District, defeating Kenneth Franks (D) and Joe Allport (L).[13]


Christian raised $193,267 for his campaign; Franks raised $4,355.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 32,704 62.75%
Kenneth Franks (D) 18,448 35.39%
Joe Allport (L) 961 1.84%

2006

On November 4, 2006, Christian won election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 9, unopposed.[15]

Christian raised $548,734 for his campaign.[16]

Texas State House of Representatives, District 9 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 20,838

2004

In 2004, Christian ran for the Republican nomination to represent District 1 in the United States House of Representatives. He lost the March 3 primary election to Louis Gohmert.

2002

On November 4, 2002, Christian won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 9th District, defeating Robin Moore (D).[17]


Christian raised $232,533 for his campaign; Moore raised $272,578.[18]

Texas House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 17,823
Robin Moore (D) 14,651

2000

On November 4, 2000, Christian won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 9th District, defeating Joseph Evans (D).[19]


Christian raised $287,502 for his campaign; Evans raised $179,073.[20]

Texas House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 24,625
Joe Evans (D) 19,817


1998

On November 4, 1998, Christian won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 9th District, defeating Colin Strother (D).[21]


Christian raised $312,349 for his campaign; Strother raised $62,422.[22]

Texas House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 16,646
Colin Strother (D) 12,781


1996

On November 4, 1996, Christian won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 9th District, defeating Judy McDonald (D).[23]


Texas House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Christian (R) 20,979
Judy McDonald (D) 20,549

Campaign donors

2010

Christian raised a total of $150,907 in 2010. Below are Christian's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[24]

His top five contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma $7,500
Texas Optometric Association $7,500
Perry, Bob J $5,000
Energy Future Holdings Corp $3,000
4 donors gave equivalent amounts: $2,500

2008

In the 2008 election, Christian raised a total of $193,267.[25]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $9,048
Texas Optometric Association $8,000
Perry, Bob J $7,500
Time Warner $6,000
Golden, Dixon $5,200

2006

In the 2006 election, Christian raised a total of $548,734.[26]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Republican Legislative Campaign CMTE $10,000
Texas Club For Growth $8,000
Leininger, James R $5,500
Perry, Bob J $5,500
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $5,000

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Controversies

Christian was one of several Texas lawmakers named in the 2005 indictment of Tom Delay, then U.S. House majority leader, in the case that would eventually lead Delay to leave Congress. The indictment alleged no wrongdoing on Christian's part, but said he was one of several legislators to receive money in the 2002 election cycle from the Texas Association of Businesses, whom authorities alleged had illegally funneled corporate money to Republican candidates.[27]

Christian also has ties to John Colyandro, who was indicted along with Delay and who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the case in 2008. Colyandro is executive director of the Texas Conservative Coalition. Colyandro also is a former officer of Delay's now-defunct Americans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee that gave $2,500 to Christian's campaigns.[28]

Christian sponsored a bill in the Texas House in 2009 that would have stripped the authority of the Travis County, Texas, district attorney to prosecute public corruption cases throughout Texas -- a move that would have prevented the Austin-based DA from prosecuting politicians outside Austin, including Delay. The bill died.[29]


Christian also received some criticism in 2009 after the Houston Chronicle reported that he had helped craft an amendment allowing him to rebuild his vacation home on Bolivar Peninsula, near Galveston, after it was demolished by Hurricane Ike. The reconstruction would otherwise have been prevented by state law banning construction on Texas beaches.[30]

In an interview with the newspaper, Christian defended the move and denied it was a conflict of interest, saying, "If I were to pass a law that affected only Wayne Christian, that would be a conflict." The amendment in question, which affects only properties on the Bolivar Peninsula and was co-authored with state Rep. Mike Hamilton, will also help at least 12 of his neighbors rebuild their homes, Christian said.[31]

Scorecards

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."[32] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Wayne Christian received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Christian was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[33]

Personal

Christian is married to the former Lisa Lemoine of Shelbyville, Texas; they wed in 1975. They have three daughters, Liza, Lindsey and Lauren.[34]

A Southern Baptist, he is a member of the Christian Coalition, Promise Keepers and Gideons International.[35]

External links

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References

  1. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
  2. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
  3. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
  4. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
  5. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Christian
  6. texansforwaynechristian.com - Issues
  7. Panola Watchman, "Wayne Christian to run for Texas Railroad Commission," September 13, 2013
  8. Texas Right to Life, "Texas Right to Life begins 2014 endorsement process," November 4, 2013
  9. Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
  10. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  11. Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
  12. Official Texas Election Results (timed out)
  13. 2008 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  14. District 9 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  15. 2006 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  16. 2006 Texas Election Fundraising, Candidates
  17. 2002 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  18. District 9 Texas House candidate funds, 2000
  19. 2000 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  20. District 9 Texas House candidate funds, 2000
  21. 1998 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  22. District 9 Texas House candidate funds, 1998
  23. 1996 Election Results, Texas House of Representatives
  24. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  25. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed November 20, 2014
  26. Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
  27. GOP lawmakers aim to weaken Travis County DA's office, Texas Watchdog, April 27, 2009
  28. GOP lawmakers aim to weaken Travis County DA's office, Texas Watchdog, April 27, 2009
  29. GOP lawmakers aim to weaken Travis County DA's office, Texas Watchdog, April 27, 2009
  30. "Battle for a beach," Houston Chronicle, June 3, 2009
  31. "Battle for a beach," Houston Chronicle, June 3, 2009
  32. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
  33. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions (dead link)
  34. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
  35. Texas House of Representatives Web site, Member Wayne Christian, June 13, 2009 (dead link)
Political offices
Preceded by
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Texas House of Representatives
1997–2013
Succeeded by
Chris Paddie (R)