Jeff Leach

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Jeff Leach
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Texas House of Representatives, District 67
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeff Leach is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 67. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Jurisprudence
Rules & Resolutions
Urban Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Leach's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Grow and Strengthen our Economy

  • "Taxes should be lowered so that the Texans can keep more of what they earn."
  • "I am committed to removing unnecessary regulations so that businesses can grow and create new jobs. I will also actively work against the creation of any new governmental and bureaucratic red-tape."

Stop Frivolous Lawsuits

  • "This includes working to institute a true loser-pays system, encouraging the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration, cutting back on wasteful discovery methods and eliminating needless juror profiling."

Uphold the Tenth Amendment

  • "I will fight any efforts to erode the rights granted to the States under the Tenth Amendment. The Federal Government is expanding and intruding on our constitutionally-guaranteed States’ rights at an alarming rate. This must stop."

Balance the State Budget

  • "The budget shortfall expected in 2013 must be addressed head on with clear and bold leadership, without the continued accounting gimmicks designed to mislead taxpayers."
  • "I will fight any effort to increase taxes or tap into the Rainy Day Fund. I will also work to make the system honest and transparent to the taxpayers."

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 Jeff Leach was unopposed in the Republican primary. Leach will face Patrick Peavy (L) in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Leach ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 67. Leach advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated Jon Cole. Leach was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives District 67 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJon Cole (advanced to runoff) 32.3% 3,473
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Leach (advanced to runoff) 30.2% 3,250
Roger Burns 21.8% 2,347
Jeran Akers 11.2% 1,209
John Pitchford 4.4% 476
Total Votes 10,755

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leach is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Leach raised a total of $340,298 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[5]

Jeff Leach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 67 Won $340,298
Grand Total Raised $340,298

2012

Leach won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Leach raised a total of $340,298.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Leach's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$25,000
McCutcheon, Darrell L$25,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$18,371
McCutcheon, Darrell$15,000
HillCo Partners$11,012
Total Raised in 2012$340,298
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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

Leach received a score of 93.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Madden (R)
Texas House District 67
2013–present
Succeeded by
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