Jessica Farrar

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Jessica Farrar
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Texas House of Representatives, District 148
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayNovember 16, 1966
Place of birthHouston, TX
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jessica Farrar is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 148. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

She is a Partner with Farrar Architects, and has worked as a Designer and AutoCAD Operator for Audinet Architects, Project Representative/Intern at Hermes Reed Architects, and Architect-Intern at Farrar Architects.

Farrar is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, Avenue Community Development Corporation, Center for Policy Alternatives Board, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County Board, Galveston Bay Foundation Board, Leadership Texas, League of United Latin American Citizens Council #60, League of Women Voters, Lindale Park Civic Club, and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Vice-chair
State Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Farrar served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2006

Farrar's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked her legislative priorities she replied:

"My top priority will continue to be women's health. There are numerous inadequacies in the system. By improving access, lives will be saved. Texas' high infant mortality rate is a direct example why we need to increase women' health funding.

Also, I will continue to fight towards improving the environment. This issue poses a great threat to the current and future generations of Texans. Improving the environment must be at the forefront of the agenda."[2]

  • HB 679 - Relating to testing and warnings related to mercury levels in certain fish.
  • HB 682 - Relating to abolishing the death penalty.
  • HB 1051 - Relating to public school accountability for bilingual education and English as a second language and other special language programs.
  • HB 1395 - Relating to the offenses of cruelty to livestock animals and cruelty to nonlivestock animals.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Jessica Farrar was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Chris Carmona was unopposed in the Republican primary. Farrar defeated Carmona in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farrar won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 148. Farrar was unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Henry Cooper (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJessica Farrar Incumbent 86% 25,964
     Green Henry Cooper 14% 4,241
Total Votes 30,205

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Farrar won re-election in District 148. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Fernando Herrera in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 13,093 58,76%
Fernando Herrera (R) 9,790 41.32%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 148th District, defeating Republican Howard H. Gano, Jr. She received 21,535 votes in the election, ahead of Gano (10,975).[7] Farrar raised $217,057 for her campaign; Gano raised $2,683.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 21,535 66.24%
Howard H. Gano, Jr. (R) 10,975 33.75%

2006

In November 2006, Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District, defeating Ray Dittmar (L).[7]

Farrar raised $75,833 for her campaign while Dittmar raised $0 and Keith raised $0.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 12,790
Ray Dittmar (L) 2,387

2004

On November 4, 2004 Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District, unopposed.[7]

Farrar raised $107,953 for her campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 21,041

2002

On November 4, 2002 Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District, unopposed.[7]

Farrar raised $88,812 for her campaign.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 14,633

2000

On November 4, 2000 Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District, unopposed.[7]

Farrar raised $64,630 for her campaign.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (2000)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 15,394

1998

On November 4, 1998 Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District, unopposed.[7]

Farrar raised $52,814 for her campaign.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (1998)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 8,641

1996

On November 4, 1996 Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District after running unopposed.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (1996)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 14,648

1994

On November 4, 1994 Farrar won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 148th District after running unopposed.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 148 (1994)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jessica Farrar (D) 8,741

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farrar is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Farrar raised a total of $944,591 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 20, 2013.[14]

Jessica Farrar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 148 Won $163,041
2010 Texas State House, District 148 Won $174,451
2008 Texas State House, District 148 Won $217,057
2006 Texas State House, District 148 Won $75,833
2004 Texas State House, District 148 Won $107,953
2002 Texas State House, District 148 Won $88,812
2000 Texas State House, District 148 Won $64,630
1998 Texas State House, District 148 Won $52,814
Grand Total Raised $944,591

2012

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $163,041.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jessica Farrar's campaign in 2012
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$7,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$5,000
Chickasaw Nation$5,000
Mostyn Law Firm$5,000
Connelly, Serena Simmons$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$163,041
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $174,451.

2008

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $217,057.

2006

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $75,833.

2004

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $107,953.

2002

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $88,812.

2000

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $64,630.

1998

Farrar won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Farrar raised a total of $52,814.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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.[15] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[16]

  • 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.[16]

  • 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."[17] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Farrar received a score of 18.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jessica Farrar received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Farrar has a husband, Marco.

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