James Butler

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James Butler
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Ohio House of Representatives District 41
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Appointed2011
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
James 'Jim' Butler is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 41. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2011 to replace Peggy Lehner (R).[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance
Judiciary
Public Utilities

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Butler served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Butler's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Smarter, Efficient Government

  • Excerpt: "I believe the first step in creating an atmosphere for growth is smaller and more efficient government."

Lower Taxes/Elimination of the Death Tax

  • Excerpt: "Smaller government is important, but we cannot simply cut our way to prosperity. We need fresh ideas and innovative solutions that will give us an edge over other states. Accordingly, below are just a few of the ideas on which I am working to help Ohio become the greatest state in the Republic."

Prison Reform

  • Excerpt: "I will soon introduce a bill to have prisoners manufacture and sell something that is not currently made in the United States (so no American jobs are threatened) to literally help repay their debt to society."

Energy Reform

  • Excerpt: "I am also investigating conversion of state and local vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). With available CNG filing stations, government can save substantial fuel expenses."

Government Reform

  • Excerpt: "Finally, I am working on legislation that would require state agencies and local governments to open up their books and publish exactly how your money is being spent, specifically illustrating how spending compares to similar jurisdictions."

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Wayne Small was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent James Butler was unopposed in the Republican primary. Butler defeated Small in the general election.[3]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 41 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Butler Incumbent 67.9% 24,300
     Democratic Wayne Small 32.1% 11,490
Total Votes 35,790

2012

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Butler won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio House, District 41. Butler was unopposed in the March 6 Republican primary election and defeated Caroline Helen Gentry (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Butler Incumbent 59.6% 34,707
     Democratic Caroline Helen Gentry 40.4% 23,572
Total Votes 58,279

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Butler is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Butler raised a total of $253,040 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 2, 2013.[8]

James Butler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State House, District 41 Won $253,040
Grand Total Raised $253,040

2012

Butler won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Butler raised a total of $253,040.
Ohio State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Butler's campaign in 2012
Ohio Republican Party$12,173
Ragan, Gini D.$10,000
Schear, Lee$6,000
FirstEnergy Corp.$5,000
Huber, Teresa J.$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$253,040
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 130th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 7 to December 31. In 2014, the 130th Ohio General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on women’s issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.[9] In 2012, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on women’s issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on middle class.
  • Innovation Ohio: 129th General Assembly - Votes on legislation supported by Governor Kasich
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bill's introduced at Governor Kasich’s urging or that had his vocal support.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Senators are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Representatives are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting Ohio's business community.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Ohio House of Representatives - District 41
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Peggy Lehner (R)
Ohio House of Representatives - District 37
2011–2013
Succeeded by
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