|Texas State House, District 21|
|1999 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
Ritter currently sits on the Board of Allied Building Stores, and is President of the Ritter Lumber Company. He previously worked as Vice Chairman of Allied Building Stores from 1996-1998, and in sales and management for the Ritter Lumber Company from 1972-1988.
Ritter is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Conservation Association, Crimestoppers, First Baptist Church of Nederland, National Rifle Association, Nederland Economic and Development Council, Southwestern Cattle Association, Texas Construction Industry Council, Texas and Southwest Cattlemen's Association, and Young Men's Business League.
2010 Party Switch
Shortly after winning re-election to District 21 in the November 2, 2010 general election, Ritter announced that he would be switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. The announcement came in the wake of landslide GOP victories in the Texas House of Representatives that left Republicans one seat short of a supermajority.
On December 11, 2010 Ritter announced: "In order to best reflect the views of the majority of the people of District 21, I have decided to change my party affiliation. I believe this will allow me to more accurately and effectively represent my constituents while addressing the challenges facing our state."
Ritter's switch all but clinched the Republican supermajority for the 2011 session, barring an unforeseen Democratic win in the December 14th, 2010 special election for deceased Republican representative Edmund Kuempel. According to the Legislative Research Library, no party has held 100 or more seats in the House since 1983."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ritter served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Natural Resources, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
Ritter served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Calendars, Chair|
|• Ways & Means|
- HB 2664 - Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain businesses.
- HB 4231 - Relating to the conveyancing or transfer in this state of water imported into this state from a source located outside this state.
- HB 4232 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation for certain property used to control pollution.
- HB 4592 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.
Ritter ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 21. Ritter defeated Daniel Miller in the May 29 Republican primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives District 21 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Allan Ritter Incumbent||72.7%||9,299|
Ritter won re-election to the 21st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. Ritter defeated Independent Eric Baumgartin the general election on November 6, 2012.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 21 |
2010 General election results
|Alan Ritter (D)||19,432||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 21st District. Ritter ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 32,208 votes. Ritter raised $149,868 for his campaign.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Ritter received $184,576 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Allan Ritter's campaign in 2010|
|Texas Association Of Realtors||$5,000|
|Ryan & Co||$5,000|
|Texas Rural Water Association||$4,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$184,576|
Below are Ritter's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Ryan & Co||$5,000|
|Texas Assoc of Realtors||$5,000|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$4,000|
|Texas Optometric Assoc||$4,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Allan + Ritter + Texas + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Sarah Murnaghan Transplant Case Spotlights Lab-Grown Alternatives - Huffington Post
- Water planning a priority in Austin - Daily News - Galveston County
- Trump doesn't 'want to be critical' of Romney's campaign, is critical - Daily Caller
- Lawmakers Approve Funding For Texas Water Plan, Setting Up Statewide Vote - StateImpact Texas
- After Texas Lawmakers Go Home, What's Next for Water? - Texas Tribune
- William McKenzie: Who wielded the most influence in Austin? Not who you'd ... - Dallas Morning News
- If this commercial doesn't work on you, nothing will [VIDEO - Daily Caller]
- House and Senate make history with water fund votes - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Opposition forming to massive Texas water plan - Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Biden in 2006: 'Don't count me in' on trusting NSA phone call surveillance - Daily Caller
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Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Allan Ritter received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Allan Ritter campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Ritter
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 21 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Texas 20/20 PAC profile
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Ritter
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Texas Tribune December 11, 2010 "Allan Ritter Confirms He's Switching Parties"
- ↑ Dallas Morning News December 14, 2010, "Defection leads GOP toward supermajority in Texas House"
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Ritter
- ↑ Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 21 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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