James White, Texas

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James White
James White.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 19
Incumbent
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1986
Master'sPrairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2000
Personal
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
James White (b. July 16, 1964) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

White earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1986. He then earned a Master's in Education Administration from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2000, and a Master's in Political Science from the University of Houston in 2010.[1]

White has worked as an educator in Texas since 1993. Prior to that, he was a Commissioned Officer for the Infantry in the United States Army from 1986 to 1992.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Livestock
Corrections, Vice-chair

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Whites's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Why I Am Running and My Philosophy on Government
Excerpt: "The citizens of the United States, and in particular, the people of Texas, have instituted government in order to expand liberty and create opportunity. Because man is God’s most unique and valuable creation and governments are created to establish the common good, government is serious business. Since government’s nature is control, the paramount challenge is to establish a government that is strong enough to ensure the common good of the people, yet, not muscular enough to tyrannize the people. To meet this challenge, the people, ultimately the source of power, have devised constitutions under the premise that limited government attempts to do a few defined tasks very good, while at the same time preserving a maximum level of individual liberty...
Nine years into the 21st century and the third century of our state’s existence, the current societal, cultural, and economic transformations in our society indicate that past institutions and methods are obsolete. Yet, the same values and principles, faith, personal liberty, opportunity, and prosperity, remain. This is the time to serve. Anyone can legislate during periods of high tax revenue, but the mark of the American experience is how we answer the call during periods of challenge. The next state legislative session faced an impending revenue shortfall, the demand for a 21st century infrastructure expansion and maintenance, the requirement to place the necessary incentives for robust private sector economic development, and the importance of ensuring that we have a 21st century hi-tech, global workforce."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The Texas Legislature commits almost 50 percent of the state budget to education and because of that, the people of Texas have high expectations...Various studies highlight three aspects that contribute to teacher quality: the pool of candidates for teachers; the training and preparation of teachers; and the leading and accountability of teachers...Employ performance-based practices that encourage the best to consider the teaching profession....Incentivize teachers to return to the university to complete a graduate degree in their teaching discipline...it is important for Texas public students know and have an appreciation for the values and principles that characterize us as Americans and Texans. It is right to teach our students about the Judeo-Christian heritage of their government..."
  • Property Taxes
Excerpt: "End the Property Tax Now – Stop Renting Our Homes from the Government...If I am honored to serve the citizens in State House District 12, I will fight to end property taxes and go to a broad-based sales tax...Most importantly, ending the property tax is about personal liberty. If you have to pay a tax on it, you never own it. Right now, we indefinitely rent from the government. Let’s end the property tax now."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Apparently, the year-long adventure to pass “landmark” federal health care legislation has ended. The Democrat-controlled Congress passed this legislation without any Republican votes, support from pro-life Democrats, and popular support. This is a step toward further government invasion and control and does little for true reform of our health care finance and delivery systems that does need to be addressed...Across the nation, states have enacted legislation exempting them from this new federal health care program and attorneys general across the country are ready to go to court over the constitutionality. I applaud Texas Attorney General Abbott for his commitment to challenge this federal encroachment...Three, this legislative district has a prominent medical presence in Lufkin, Texas, which is a key player for medical care and research for all of East Texas. East Texas needs more medical care, not more government health insurance. Doctors and nurses do medical care for people and patients. Government bureaucrats administer insurance programs...the passage of this health care legislation is pure arrogance of power. Members of Congress have exempted themselves from this law imposing the law’s onerous taxes and regulations on East Texans. The federal government, deeply in the red financially, will try to fund this law anyway...With health care, we need to promote liberty. In East Texas we need to look at ways to provide incentives for more of our smart young people to pursue a career in medicine, not a bill of discouragement."

Political Courage Test

White provided answers to the 2010 Political Courage Test on the subjects of:

  • Abortion and reproductive issues
  • Budget, spending and tax issues
  • Campaign finance and government reform issues
  • Crime and public safety issues
  • Economic issues
  • Education issues
  • Environment and energy issues
  • Gun issues
  • Health issues
  • Social issues
  • Legislative priorities

He listed his legislative priorities as:"I am promoting three E's for East Texas: Economic growth and development, education, and electoral representation. I will promote a business friendly environment that holds the line on taxing and spending, maintains a certain and fair regulatory climate and ensures that our courts are centers for justice, not jackpots. We need to focus on teacher quality by incentivizing what teachers do in front of the desk with students, not how long they sit behind the desk. We need rural East Texas representation in the legislature and in Congress. I will fight for at least one rural East Texas congressional district."

The full test can be accessed here.

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 James White was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

White ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 19. White defeated incumbent Mike Hamilton in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives District 19 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames White 54.5% 10,190
Mike Hamilton Incumbent 45.5% 8,503
Total Votes 18,693

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

White won election to the 12th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. He defeated Democratic incumbent Jim McReynolds in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 12
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James White (R) 20,958 57.63%
Jim McReynolds (D) 15,405 42.36%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for White is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, White raised a total of $958,756 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[6]

James White's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 19 Won $676,560
2010 Texas State House, District 12 Won $282,196
Grand Total Raised $958,756

2012

White won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, White raised a total of $676,560.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James White's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$463,393
Perry, Bob J & Doylene$40,000
Perry, Bob J$40,000
Rowling, Robert B$20,000
Young Conservatives Of Texas PAC$7,300
Total Raised in 2012$676,560
Source:Follow the Money

2010

White won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, White raised a total of $282,196.

Scorecards

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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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • 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.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

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.[8]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

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

White received a score of 90.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that White received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

James White received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. White 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."

Personal

White is a widower.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim McReynolds (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 12
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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