|Texas State House, District 147|
|1991 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||22|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||October 15, 1991|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||September 8, 1961|
|Place of birth||Washington, DC|
Coleman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Apartments for America, Inc. He also owns Coleman Strategies, and is a shareholder in Peacole Ice Cream. Coleman is a member of many organizations, including The Ensemble Theater Board, National Mental Health Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Progressive States Network Board, South Central Young Mens' Christian Association, Houston Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council Advisory Board, and creator of Operation SMART Youth Development Program.
- Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, 1991-present
- Sustaining Member, Harris County Democratic Party, present
- Sustaining Member, Texas Democratic Party, present
- Field Director, Harris County, Clinton/Gore, 1992
- Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1992
- Precinct Chair, Democratic Precinct Convention, 1990
- Delegate, State Democratic Convention, 1988
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Coleman served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• County Affairs, Chair|
|• Public Health|
Coleman served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• County Affairs, Chair|
|• Public Health|
- HB 2715 - Relating to grants for school-based health centers.
- HB 2787 - Relating to liability of charitable organizations for certain negligent hiring, supervision, or retention actions.
- HB 2953 - Relating to a prohibition against the use of a stun gun or taser by school district peace officers, security personnel, and other employees against elementary, middle, and junior high school students.
- HB 2955 - Relating to the rates of tuition charged to students of public institutions of higher education.
Coleman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 147. Coleman defeated Ray Hill in the May 29 primary election and defeated Deb Shafto (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 147, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Garnet Coleman Incumbent||92.2%||43,589|
|Texas House of Representatives District 147 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Garnet Coleman Incumbent||87.4%||6,606|
Coleman won re-election in District 147. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and had no opponents in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 147 |
2010 General election results
|Garnet Coleman (D)||23,312||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 147th District, defeating Libertarian Joe Tirado. He received 35,951 votes in the election, ahead of Tirado (3,030). Coleman raised $466,249 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 147|
|Garnet Coleman (D)||35,951||92.22%|
|Joe Tirado (L)||3,030||7.77%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Coleman received $551,515 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Garnet Coleman's campaign in 2010|
|North Texas Leadership PAC||$50,000|
|Texas Optometric Association||$15,000|
|Simmons, Harold C||$15,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$551,515|
Coleman raised $466,249 during the 2008 campaign cycle. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|Texans for Insurance Reform||$10,000|
|Texas for Economic Development PAC||$10,000|
|Texas Medical Assoc||$8,405|
|Texas Optometric Assoc||$8,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc||$7,500|
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.
Garnet Coleman received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Garnet Coleman's campaign site
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Coleman
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 147 page
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus profile
- Garnet Coleman's blog
- Garnet Coleman on Facebook
- Garnet Coleman on Twitter
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Coleman
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Coleman
- ↑ Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 147 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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