Jim Landtroop

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Jim Landtroop
Jim Landtroop.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 85
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Jim Landtroop (b. January 18, 1968) is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 85th District.

Landtroop was defeated by Ken King in the July 31, 2012 Republican Primary runoff.[1]


  • BA in Business Management, Texas A&M University[2]

Professional experience

"As a small business owner, Jim serves over 1,400 clients and helps create jobs."[2]

Issue Positions

Landtroop outlined his views on what the Texas Legislature must do across a number of issues on his campaign site:

  • Defend State's Rights
Excerpt: "The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that it's up to each state whether to implement federal mandates. If you elect me as your State Representative, I will fight any federal government takeover of our states rights. Not on my watch!"
  • Cap government spending
Excerpt: " We must put our foot down on out-of-control spending. Government is out of touch with average folks and our ability to pay for all this. The truth is that some people in this country looked the other way when economic times were good. We let government get bigger and our freedoms get smaller until the economy began to break under the pressure. The country has learned what we conservatives have known all along - nothing is free. You can't increase government handouts without someone paying for it and I am tired of you and me always being asked to pick up the tab."
  • Stop illegal immigration
Excerpt: "President Reagan said, "A country that can't control its border is not a country." It's time for Texas to require companies to verify the work status of each employee like other states do. I will also support a voter identification program to make sure that every legal citizen's vote counts. We simply must protect the ballot box from voter fraud. "
  • Cut taxes on hard-working West Texas families
Excerpt: "Here are a couple of ways we can get this done: Property tax appraisals keep going up every year. It's time we passed strong taxpayer protection. Let's make appraisal boards elected by the people - not appointed by politicians. And, no more "guilty until proven innocent" mentality when you challenge your appraisal increases. You and I must require the government to prove our property values have gone up rather than them asking us to prove that they haven't."
  • Improve Teacher Pay and Encourage Excellence in the Classroom
Excerpt:"As State Representative I will be aggressive in reforming our education system in four ways. First, I will introduce legislation that will give the local school districts more control over how they operate. Second, I will introduce legislation allowing children to pray at school. I was able to pray before a football game, and I think the majority of West Texans agree, taking God out of the public school system has done more harm than good. Third, I will fight to have more money available for vocational training. We must make sure that every young person is given the opportunity to pursue their talents and learn a skill set that will help them become productive citizens who can provide for their family, regardless of whether or not they go to college. Finally, I think teachers should be paid fairly and I will support merit based pay structure increases like we have in the private sector. Excellent teachers should have excellent salaries. I will also OPPOSE vouchers as well as legislation that in any way threatens a parent's God given right to educate their own children."
  • Advocate for Agriculture and Energy
Excerpt:"Agriculture and Energy are the cornerstones of rural West Texas. As State Representative I will work to expand the use of Wind Energy in West Texas as this will provide additional jobs and revenue for our communities. I will also fight against increase costs and regulation to our agricultural products and services, including our continued access to water. My energy policy can also be summed up in three words. Drill baby drill. Though we must be good stewards of the environment God created, dependence on foreign oil and the hostile countries that supply it must be stopped. We have to use all resources at our disposal until clean energy can realistically meet our needs."
  • Fight for Local Control
Excerpt:"House District 85 covers a diverse area in rural Texas. When the urban dominated house passes statewide mandates, rural communities are put at a disadvantage. The locally elected officials are in the best position to know the strengths and needs of their communities, and they must be given the opportunity and responsibility to address these issues. As your representative, I will seek legislation that returns the power of government to the local level."
  • Protect Private Property Rights including the Right to Bear Arms
Excerpt:"As an A-rated, card-carrying member of the NRA and concealed carry permit holder, I will fall on the sword to protect our Second Amendment right to own firearms. I will also oppose any measures to expand the government's ability to take property away from private citizens. I agree with our founding fathers... "live free or die.""
  • Fight for the unborn and protect traditional marriage
Excerpt:"I believe that each life is created by God and therefore has intrinsic value. Life begins at conception and should not be discarded for medical or scientific use at any time. I believe that marriage is a holy covenant made between a man and a woman, and I will support legislation that protects both of these ideals. "
  • Improve upon our current Healthcare system while opposing government-run options
Excerpt:"I believe that here in the US, we have the finest healthcare system in the world. Perfect, no... but there is a reason that foreigners who can afford it come here for surgery and treatment. We can improve upon that by dealing with the portability and pre-existing conditions issues, but we should not socialize our medicine. Healthcare should be available to every legal citizen at an affordable price."
  • Be an Independent Common Sense Conservative voice..
Excerpt:"I believe that the people of House District 85 are more important than any political party. I am first a conservative before I am a Republican. And the day that the Republicans lose their way fiscally or socially, I will vote against them. I will work with members from both sides of the isle, including leadership, on issues that are important and beneficial to this district. I will also oppose members from both sides, including leadership, on issues that will harm this district. I pledge to put the people of the district first, all the time - every time!."[3]

Committee assignments


Jim Landtroop serves on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Landtroop ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 88. Landtroop and Ken King defeated Mac Smith and Gary Walker in the May 29 primary election, and faced each other in the July 31 primary runoff election. King defeated Landtroop.[4]

Texas House of Representatives District 88 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Landtroop (advanced to runoff) Incumbent 34.1% 6,251
Green check mark transparent.pngKen King (advanced to runoff) 30.4% 5,575
Mac Smith 18.2% 3,331
Gary Walker 17.3% 3,162
Total Votes 18,319


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Landtroop won election to Texas House of Representatives District 85. He defeated David Andrews in the March 2 Republican primary and then defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Joe Heflin and Robyn Burwell (L) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 85
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Landtroop (R) 17,416 61.91%
Joe Heflin (D) 10,713 38.08%


On November 4, 2006 Landtroop narrowly lost a three-way race to the Texas House of Representatives for Texas's 85th District, to Joe Heflin (D).[6]

Landtroop raised $887,961 for his campaign while Heflin raised $316,657 and David Schumacher (L) raised $0.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 85 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Heflin (D) 14,323
Jim Landtroop (R) 14,106
David Schumacher (L) 793

Campaign donors


Landtroop raised a total of $835,316 in 2010. Below are Landtroop's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[8]

Contributor 2010 total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $390,952
Associated Republicans of Texas $120,000
Texas Republican Party $50,000
Conservative Republicans of Texas $33,611
Perry, Bob J. $32,500



In 2012, Landtroop was endorsed by:


  • Texas College Republicans
  • U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer
  • Texas Alliance for Life PAC
  • Texas Association of Business PAC"[10]


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."[11] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Jim Landtroop received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Landtroop 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."[12]


"Jim and Cathy have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of three children: Braden (15), Kenneth (13) and Lauren Grace (10).""[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Heflin (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 85
Succeeded by