Jay Old

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Jay Old
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 14
Bachelor'sTexas A & M University, 1985
J.D.Texas Tech University School of Law, 1988
Campaign website
Jay Old campaign logo
Jay Old was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 14th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Old earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A & M University in 1985. He went on to receive his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1988. He has worked as an attorney since then. Old has been partner of Germer Gertz LLP since 1996.[2]

On May 25, 2012, Old was targeted by the Washington, D.C.-based group, Americans for Tax Reform, for not signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Despite Old's platform of lower taxes, ATR president Grover Norquist then accused Old of having plans to raise taxes once elected to Congress.[3]


Campaign themes


Old's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Old Fashioned American Values
Excerpt: "It is time to go back to those American values on which our country was founded. Our forefathers believed in limited government, which put power in the hands of the people. I believe “We the people” is relevant today."
  • Job Growth
Excerpt: "We must grow our way out of this depressed economy. Government needs to get out of the way of free enterprise so entrepreneurs and business owners can do what they do best. We must roll back liberal “reforms” that have suppressed business and cost jobs."
  • Fiscal Restraint
Excerpt: "In order to create the jobs to strengthen the economy, we must have fiscal and monetary policies to stimulate the growth. We can’t spend our way out of debt or unemployment. When the money runs out, we should stop spending."
  • Lowering Taxes
Excerpt: "I support reform of the current tax system by implementing the Fair Tax or a Flat Tax – or a combination. When the income tax was implemented in 1913, the tax code was only 400 pages. Today it has grown – and is continuing to grow – to more than 70,000 pages."
  • Border and Homeland Security
Excerpt: "Living in Texas, we understand more than most how important it is to protect our border. Not only is it an economic problem, but it is also an increasing danger to all Americans. I will work with the federal government to protect our borders and to encourage legal immigration for those who wish to pay taxes, contribute their talents and abide by our laws."



See also: Texas' 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Old ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 14th District. He was defeated by Felicia Harris and Randy Weber in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.[5][6]

U.S. House, Texas District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Weber 27.6% 12,088
Green check mark transparent.pngFelicia Harris 18.9% 8,287
Michael Truncale 14.2% 6,212
Jay Old 14% 6,143
Robert Gonzalez 9.8% 4,305
Bill Sargent 7.6% 3,328
John Gay 4.7% 2,075
George Harper 1.9% 813
Mark Mansius 1.3% 554
Total Votes 43,805


In April 2012, Old released his first TV ad, titled "Deficit Spending."

"Deficit Spending"
On May 8, Old released his second TV ad, titled "Four Years Ago."

"Deficit Spending"

Campaign donors

As of May 9, 2012, Old raised $602,993 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $424,907, leaving him with $178,087 cash on hand. Of that, 91 percent came from individual contributions while 8 percent came from candidate self-financing.[7]


Old and his wife, Ann, have two children.[2]

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