Elliott Naishtat

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Elliott Naishtat
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Texas House of Representatives, District 49
Incumbent
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sQueens College-City University of New York, 1965
Master'sSchool of Social Work, University of Texas-Austin, 1972
J.D.University of Texas-Austin, 1982
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 15, 1945
Place of birthNew York, NY
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Elliott Naishtat (b. February 15, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

Biography

Naishtat attended Queens College-City University of New York for his bachelor's degree, graduating in 1965 before attending the University of Texas-Austin for a Master's in social work in 1972 and a J.D. in 1982.

Naishtat served as staff counsel for Senator Gonzalo Barrientos before entering private law practice. He also served as chairman of Austin's Community Development Commission and directed the U.T. School of Social Work's Legislative Training Program.

Naishtat works as an Attorney for Scanlan, Buckle and Young. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Instructor at Saint Edward's University. Naishtat previously worked as Staff Counsel to State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos from 1986-1989, and was Director of the Legislative Training Program at the University of Texas School of Social Work.

He is a member of many organizations, including the House Research Organization, Human Services Committee - National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Jewish Legislators, National Academy of State Health Policy, National Association of Social Workers, and Austin-Travis County Bar Association.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services
Public Health, Vice-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Naishtat served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 163 - Relating to reporting of the fair market value of certain gifts made to public officials.
  • HB 164 - Relating to the medical use of marihuana.
  • HB 877 - Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas.
  • HB 1628 - Relating to the ability of a county, public hospital, or hospital district to purchase or arrange for the purchase of certain health coverage or benefits for eligible residents.[2]

Campaign themes

2008

Naishtat's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.

When asked his legislative priorities, he replied:

"My top three priorities are to: 1) improve the TANF, CHIP and Medicaid programs to ensure that intended program beneficiaries receive the services and supports necessary to meet their needs; 2) improve access to services for elderly and disabled people who choose to live in community-based settings instead of institutions; and 3) institute meaningful campaign finance and ethics reforms."[3]

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 Elliott Naishtat was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Naishtat will face Daniel Krawisz (L) in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Naishtat won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 49. Naishtat ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Kent Phillips (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElliot Naishtat Incumbent 82.7% 50,973
     Libertarian Kent Phillips 17.3% 10,640
Total Votes 61,613

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Naishtat won re-election in District 49. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Nathan Kleffman in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 49
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Elliott Naishtat (D) 30,423 85.28%
Nathan Kleffman (L) 5,249 14.71%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Naishtat won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 49th District. Naishtat ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 54,284 votes.[6] Naishtat raised $133,392 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Naishta is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Naishta raised a total of $963,402 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[8]

Elliott Naishta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 49 Won $158,064
2010 Texas State House, District 49 Won $156,374
2008 Texas State House, District 49 Won $133,392
2006 Texas State House, District 49 Won $94,318
2004 Texas State House, District 49 Won $112,324
2002 Texas State House, District 49 Won $127,993
2000 Texas State House, District 49 Won $114,120
1998 Texas State House, District 49 Won $66,817
Grand Total Raised $963,402

2012

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $158,064.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Elliott Naishtat's campaign in 2012
Austin Police Association$3,500
United Transportation Union$3,000
Claunch, David$2,500
Texas Association For Home Care & Hospice$2,500
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$158,064
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $156,374.

2008

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $133,392.

2006

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $94,318.

2004

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $112,324.

2002

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $127,993.

2000

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $114,120.

1998

Naishta won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Naishta raised a total of $66,817.

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

  • 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.[10]

  • 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

Naishtat received a score of 15 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Elliot Naishtat received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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