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Dan Flynn

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Dan Flynn
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Texas House of Representatives, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMcCallum High School
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1943
ReligionChurch of the Nazarene
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Dan Flynn is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

A graduate of McCallum High School in Austin, he currently works as a businessman and rancher.[1]

Flynn has worked in a number of positions, including Consultant/Member Relations for American Bankers Association, Owner/Publisher of Area Dispatch, Senior Management Financial Consultant for BHL and Associates, and President/Chief Executive Officer of the Merchants Financial Corporation.[2]

Flynn previously served as the vice chairman of the House Financial Institutions Committee on the State Affairs Committee.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety
Investments & Financial Services, Vice-chair
Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select), Co-Chair

2011-2012

Flynn served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

Issues

University of Texas investigations

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

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University of Texas Investigations

Background
Wallace Hall impeachment trialPolitical favoritism in admissions to the University of TexasForgivable loans program at the University of Texas Law School House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (TSAO)Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

UT Regents
Wallace HallPaul FosterEugene PowellSteven HicksErnest AlisedaJeffery HildebrandBrenda PejovichAlex CranbergRobert Stillwell

Elected Officials
Rick PerryJoe StrausCharles PerryTrey FischerDan FlynnNaomi GonzalezEric JohnsonLyle LarsonCarol AlvaradoFour PriceJim PittsDan Branch

UT Individuals
Bill PowersLarry SagerBarry BurgdorfKevin HegartyFrancisco CigarroaCarol Longoria

After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[4] Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.[5] According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.[6][7] However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall likely requested fewer than 100,000 pages.[8][9] In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."[10]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list.[11][12] The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials.[13] No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[14] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[15] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[16] Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.[17]

Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.[18]

A January 2014 review by the law firm Hilder & Associates concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution." The report concluded that Hall had a legitimate reason for having the documents in question. "In light of the fundamental role attorneys play, it would lead to an absurd result were it criminal for an official to provide student records to his or her attorney in the face of litigation, or anticipated litigation, involving these records," Philip Hilder wrote in the report. Hilder submitted the report to the legislative committee. The Board of Regents hired the firm to review whether Hall may have violated any federal privacy laws in his handling of student information. November 2013 testimony prompted committee-member Trey Fischer to request the inquiry. Committee member Dan Flynn said he was not surprised by the findings and was pleased the university counsel reached a conclusion.[19][20][21][22]

Committee on transparency activity

Flynn is one of the eight members of the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which is overseeing the investigation into a possible impeachment. The committee was formed in 2013, specifically existing to explore the possibility of impeaching Hall. The committee is holding hearings in late 2013 to hear testimony from individuals from the university system.[23]

In September 2013, Dan Flynn, co-chair of the select committee, said three basic questions would be asked during the process.[24]

  1. Did Hall fail to disclose material information on his application to be a regent?[25]
  2. Did he reveal information about students that violated their privacy?[25]
  3. Did he exceed his role as a regent in requesting massive amounts of information from UT-Austin?[25]
Request for personal computers

In November 2013, committee member Trey Martinez Fischer submitted a request indicating a desire to look at Hall's personal computers, iPads and smartphones as part of the investigation. "we must consider forensic examination of the personal or professional electronic communications of the regents in order to ensure compliance with the law," Fischer wrote in a letter to committee attorney Rusty Hardin.[26]

Subpoena of Hall

At a November 12, 2013 meeting, the committee issued a subpoena for Hall to appear on December 10. However, legislators quickly rescinded the subpoena, since no meeting was scheduled until December 18. Legislators also voted to issue subpoenas to University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers to appear at the December 18, 2013 meeting.[27][28][29][30] With no subpoena having yet been issued to Hall, his lawyers sent a letter to the committee asking for clarification. With Francisco Cigarroa and Bill Powers already subpoenaed, Hall's lawyer Allan Van Fleet requested that the committee respond regarding whether it would also subpoena Hall. He said that Hall's lawyers have told him not to appear before the committee without a subpoena. On December 5, 2013, Van Fleet sent a letter to the committee requesting that the co-chairs announce whether Hall would indeed be subpoenaed. Van Fleet's request asked for an answer by the end of the day. In response, committee attorney Rusty Hardin said "We're not going to adhere to his deadline. He doesn't get to pick the time and place." Van Fleet pointed out that providing two weeks' notice for testimony is the standard to allow individuals to prepare testimony. He added that the letter has "caused confusion about the committee's intentions."[31]

On December 10, 2013, the committee sent a letter to Hall asking that he testify -- but they did not issue a subpoena. The committee sent a one-page, two-paragraph letter that invited Hall to testify and provide a list of witnesses.[32] On December 16, 2013, Hall's attorney Allan Van Fleet said Hall would not testify at the December 18 committee hearing. Van Fleet wrote: "Regent Hall has volunteered a number of times in the past to share his views with legislative Committees about the challenges and opportunities faced by the UT System. Though these offers have never been accepted, he remains interested in sharing his views, in collaborating with all policy makers on initiatives that will benefit the UT System, and in working with the committees to improve the transparency and accountability practices that should guide all UT System activities."[33][34][35][36]

Hall was invited to testify but was not given a subpoena, which is often perceived to provide some legal protection to the witness. Other individuals -- such as Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas Austin President Bill Powers -- were given formal subpoenas. Legislators criticized Hall for not agreeing to testify, despite the differing set of circumstances given to Hall. "It’s very disappointing to me that he and his attorney do not understand or do not care to observes the rules and procedures of the Texas House of Representatives and have decided they are not going to appear to testify," said co-chair Dan Flynn. Committee member Charles Perry noted that while all individuals who testified were given an official subpoena, Hall himself was not granted one. In fact, it was more directly avoided by the committee, after it first sent him a subpoena only to withdraw it.[37] A subpoena would have insulated individuals from risk in violating FERPA.[38][39][40]

Empower Texans response

In December 2013, the nonprofit organization Empower Texans sent a mailer criticizing committee chair Carol Alvarado. The mailer stated that lawmakers improperly focused on Hall's behavior, rather than investigating the allegations of clout at the University of Texas, Austin. Alvarado called the mailer the action of "an outside group that’s trying to influence an investigation." Empower Texans president Michael Quinn Sullivan said the legislature was engaging in a "whitewashing" of potential university wrongdoings. "We're impeaching someone for asking questions," he said.[41][42]

Debt negotiations

Flynn is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[43] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[44]

  • HB 81 - Relating to the use of public funds to print certain public documents in a language other than English and other bilingual requirements.
  • HB 1583 - Relating to the abolishment of the Office of State-Federal Relations as an independent agency and the transfer of the duties and functions of that agency to the office of the governor.
  • HB 3199 - Relating to steroid testing of certain public school students.
  • HB 3777 - Relating to a perpetual license to carry a concealed handgun.[45]

Debates

2012

  • On May 8, the District 2 Republican candidates participated in a debate sponsored by the Hunt County African American Leadership Conference and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Colony of Phi Iota Alpha. Audio of the debate can be found here.

Campaign themes

2012

Flynn's campaign newsletter highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "It is my pledge and desire to continue to improve Texas and maintain our position as the leader of the nation by promoting sound social and economic policy. I will continue to be guided by the wishes and desires of the residents of House District 2 and the State holding to the conservative principles I believe will best benefit all the citizens of Texas and their families."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Dan Flynn was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[46][47][48]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Flynn ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 2. Flynn defeated George Alexander in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[49][50][51]

Texas House of Representatives District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Flynn Incumbent 59.5% 11,070
George Alexander 40.5% 7,532
Total Votes 18,602

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Flynn won election unopposed to the District 2 seat in the November 2 general election.[52]

In the March 2 primary election, Flynn defeated his Republican primary opponent Richard Linkenauger by a margin of 10,841-5,754.[53]

Texas House of Representatives, District 2
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Dan Flynn (R) 26,604 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 2nd District, defeating Michael French (L). Flynn received 39,258 votes in the election while French received 6,906 votes.[54] Flynn raised $238,037 for his campaign.[55]

Texas House of Representatives, District 2
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Dan Flynn (R) 39,258 85.04%
Michael French (L) 6,906 14.95%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Flynn is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Flynn raised a total of $1,582,734 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[56]

Dan Flynn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 2 Won $288,179
2010 Texas State House, District 2 Won $336,481
2008 Texas State House, District 2 Won $238,037
2006 Texas State House, District 2 Won $322,865
2004 Texas State House, District 2 Won $90,164
2002 Texas State House, District 2 Won $241,467
1998 Texas State House, District 5 Defeated $65,541
Grand Total Raised $1,582,734

2012

Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $288,179.

2010

Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $336,481.

2008

Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $238,037.

2006

Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $322,865.

2004

Flynn won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $90,164.

2002

Flynn won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $241,467.

1998

Flynn lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Flynn raised a total of $65,541.

Scorecards

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

2013

Flynn received a score of 86.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that Flynn received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Dan Flynn received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Flynn 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."[58]

Personal

Flynn is married to his wife, Susan.[59]

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References

  1. Texas Tribune - Rep. Dan Flynn
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Dan Flynn
  3. Texas Tribune - Rep. Dan Flynn
  4. American Spectator "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  5. Daily Texas Online "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  6. Daily Texas Online "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  7. Dallas Morning News "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  8. Watchdog "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
  9. Texas Tribune "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
  10. Texas Tribune "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
  11. Texas Tribune "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  12. Real Clear Policy "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  13. Watchdog.org "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
  14. News-Journal "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  15. Texas Tribune "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  16. Texas Tribune "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  17. Texas Public Radio "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
  18. Austin American Statesman "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
  19. Dallas Morning News "UT Regent Hall didn't commit crime, university attorney concludes,"January 16, 2014
  20. Watchdog "UT Report: Charge against Hall is legally 'absurd'" January 14, 2014
  21. Texas Tribune "Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws," January 15, 2014
  22. Texas Tribune Uploads "Hilder & Associates Report," January 13, 2014
  23. Texas State House Committees "Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee Members," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Texas Monthly "Regent Wallace Hall is Another Step Closer to Impeachment," September 17, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Austin American Statesman "Transparency panel begins investigation of UT regent with closed-door session," September 16, 2013
  26. Texas Tribune "Lawmaker Eyes Access to UT Regents' Computers," November 4, 2013
  27. San Francisco Chronicle "Texas House subpoenas Hall, but then recalls it," November 12, 2013
  28. Texas Tribune "UT System Lawyer: Hall May Have Shared Private Info," November 12, 2013
  29. Austin American Statesman "UT Regent Wallace Hall might have broken privacy laws, panel members suggest," November 12, 2013
  30. Texas Tribune "Committee Recalls Subpoena for UT Regent Hall," November 12, 2013
  31. Texas Tribune "Ahead of Hearings, UT Regent Hall Requests Subpoena," December 5, 2013
  32. Texas Tribune "Committee Letter to Hall," December 10, 2013
  33. My San Antonio "Letter to Committee," December 16, 2013
  34. The Republic "Embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall won't testify to lawmakers considering possible impeachment," December 17, 2013
  35. Your Houston News "UT regent facing possible ouster won’t testify," December 17, 2013
  36. Texas Tribune "UT Regent Hall Declines Invitation to Testify," December 17, 2013
  37. News Journal "Lawmaker: Regent’s silence ’slap in face’" December 19, 2013
  38. Dallas Morning News "UT regent Wallace Hall won’t attend impeachment investigation," December 17, 2013
  39. Texas Public Radio "UT Regent Wallace Hall Declines to Speak with Lawmakers," December 16, 2013
  40. Watchdog "Chancellor is probing favoritism in UT admissions," December 19, 2013
  41. Houston Chronicle "Empower Texans mailer criticizes Hall impeachment panel," December 19, 2013
  42. My San Antonio "Clout Mailer from Empower Texans," December 19, 2013
  43. National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed September 26, 2011
  44. Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
  45. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Flynn
  46. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County", accessed March 4, 2014
  47. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
  48. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
  49. Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
  50. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  51. Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
  52. Official Texas Election Results
  53. Results for March 2, 2010 primary in Texas
  54. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
  55. District 2 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  56. Follow the Money, "Flynn, Dan," accessed July 19, 2013
  57. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
  58. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
  59. Dan Flynn Campaign, "About Dan," accessed February 22, 2014
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