|Texas State House, District 10|
|1993 - Present|
|January 11, 2013|
|Years in position||20|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Birthday||January 1, 1947|
|Place of birth||Dallas, TX|
Pitts is the Director of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie, Owner of Ellis County Abstract and Title Company, Director of Sims Library, and is an Attorney.
He is on the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Children's Services, Community Advisory Council - Scottish Rite Learning Center, Sims Library, and Board of Directors of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pitts served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations, Chair|
Pitts serves on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations, Chair|
- HB 226 - Relating to prohibiting employers from requiring employees to make certain charitable contributions.
- HB 1482 - Relating to the creation of the offense of assault with bodily fluids, the prosecution and punishment of that offense, and the consequences of a conviction for that offense.
- HB 1483 - Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.
- HB 4584 - Relating to improving efficiency in state government and reducing state government spending.
Pitts' website highlights the following campaign themes:
Protect the Right to Bear Arms
- Excerpt:"Jim Pitts is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Jim believes that it is a Constitutional right to be able to own and carry firearms, and will fight to protect this country’s heritage and God-given right to bear arms."
Defend Private Property Rights
- Excerpt:"Jim Pitts has voted to protect citizens from eminent domain abuse. Jim was a strong supporter of the eminent domain bill that passed during the 82nd Legislative Session and understands the value of private property rights."
Stop Illegal Immigration
- Excerpt:"In his role as Chairman of the Committee charged with balancing the state’s budget, Jim has seen firsthand the escalating costs of illegal immigration. To fix it, Jim supports greater penalties for companies that knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Jim amended a key piece of legislation this past session to ensure that only Texas citizens are able to obtain and renew drivers’ licenses."
- Excerpt:"Since we elected Jim Pitts, Texas has been called the “job creation capital of the nation.” In fact, Texas has created more jobs over the past ten years than all other states combined. Jim will continue the fight to reduce regulations and cut taxes that prevent employers from keeping Texans on the job."
- Excerpt:"Jim Pitts is 100% pro-life. He was endorsed by Texas Right to life and has a very strong record on Pro-Life votes from the 82nd Legislative Session and before."
Pitts ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 10. Pitts defeated Linda Bounds, T.J. Fabby, and Matthew Melton in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives District 10 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jim Pitts Incumbent||57.6%||8,392|
Pitts won re-election unopposed to the 10th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary, and he had no opposition in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 10 |
2010 General election results
|Jim Pitts (R)||31,797||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 10th District, defeating Phil Smart (L). Pitts received 49,401 votes in the election while Smart received 8,366 votes. Pitts raised $325,315 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 10|
|Jim Pitts (R)||49,401||85.51%|
|Phil Smart (L)||8,366||14.48%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Pitts received $759,487 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Pitts's campaign in 2010|
|Texas Association Of Realtors||$22,500|
|Perry, Bob J||$20,000|
|Nau Iii, John L||$12,029|
|Total Raised in 2010||$759,487|
Below are Pitts' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Texas Industries PAC||$6,000|
|Patrick B Haggerty Campaign Account||$5,000|
|Texas Aggregates & Concrete Assoc||$4,500|
|Texas Electric Cooperatives||$4,500|
Below are Pitts' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2006 election:
|Perry, Bob J.||$15,000|
|Texas Medical Association||$10,767|
|Akin, Gump, Stauss, Hauer and Feld||$10,000|
|Union Pacific Railroad||$10,000|
|Nau III, John L.||$9,839|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Jim + Pitts + Texas + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Pitts, Williams Accuse Wall Street Journal of "Fuzzy" Math - Texas Tribune
- Texas Senate takes step toward transportation funding fix - Monitor
- Senate Takes Step Toward Transportation Funding Fix - MyHighPlains
- Sen . Hinojosa rated one of 10 best legislators by Texas Monthly - The Valley Town Crier
- Last Day for House to Consider Key Water Measure - StateImpact Texas
- Some Limits on UT System Regents Remain in Budget - Texas Tribune
- Perry's Veto Axe Comes Down: Democrats and Republicans of all stripes and ... - Austin Chronicle
- Texas House approves budget deal, graduation reform - KHOU
- Agenda Texas: Legislative Development - Texas Tribune
- The Playlist : No More Mr . Nice Guy - Texas Tribune
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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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Jim Pitts received a grade of D on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Jim Pitts campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Pitts
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 10 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Jim Pitts on Facebook
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pitts
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Pitts
- ↑ jimpitts.net - Issues
- ↑ Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 10 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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