James White, Texas
|Texas House of Representatives, District 19|
|January 11, 2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1986|
|Master's||Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2000|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, White served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Livestock|
|• Corrections, Vice-chair|
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."
- 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."
- 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 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. Incumbent James White was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
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.
|Texas House of Representatives District 19 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Mike Hamilton Incumbent||45.5%||8,503|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 12 |
2010 General election results
|James White (R)||20,958||57.63%|
|Jim McReynolds (D)||15,405||42.36%|
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.
|James White's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 19||$676,560|
|2010||Texas State House, District 12||$282,196|
|Grand Total Raised||$958,756|
2012White 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|
2010White won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, White raised a total of $282,196.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James White's campaign in 2010|
|Associated Republicans of Texas||$60,186|
|Texas Republican Party||$50,025|
|Rowling, Robert B||$25,000|
|Perry, Bob J||$22,500|
|Grass Roots Institute of Texas||$12,869|
|Total Raised in 2010||$282,196|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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 were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
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.
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."
White is a widower.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term James + White + Texas + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Texas House member page
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Site
- Political Courage Test
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money: 2012, 2010
- Texas Tribune Profile
- KETK NBC, "Rep. James White to seek re-election," August 10, 2011
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- James White, Issues
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County", accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- Official Texas Election Results
- Official Texas Election Results
- Follow the Money, "White, James," accessed July 19, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
- Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
Jim McReynolds (D)
|Texas House of Representatives District 12
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