Joan Huffman

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Joan Huffman
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Texas State Senate, District 17
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
J.D.South Texas School of Law
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joan Huffman is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 17. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Huffman graduated with a B.A. from Louisiana State University and later graduated with a J.D. from the South Texas School of Law.

In addition to being a senator, Huffman is an attorney and has served as lead prosecutor in over 100 jury trials. Those trials include murders, sexual assaults and aggravated robberies.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Health & Human Services
State Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Huffman served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Huffman served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. 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. Rita Lucido was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Joan Huffman defeated Derek Anthony in the Republican primary. George Hardy is running as a Libertarian candidate, and David Courtney is running as a Green Party candidate. Phil Kurtz filed but did not advance past the Libertarian convention.[2][3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Huffman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 17. Huffman ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Huffman Incumbent 77.7% 185,429
     Libertarian Austin Page 13.4% 32,026
     Green David Courtney 8.9% 21,252
Total Votes 238,707

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Huffman won re-election to the 17th District Seat in 2010, defeating Libertarian candidate Phil Kurtz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 17
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Huffman (R) 112,595 83.15%
Phil Kurtz (L) 22,802 16.84%

2008

On Dec. 16, 2008, Huffman won a special election runoff for the 17th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Chris Bell.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Huffman (R) 24,497 56.09%
Chris Bell 19,176 43.90%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Huffman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Huffman raised a total of $747,880 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[7]

Joan Huffman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 17 Won $209,716
2010 Texas State Senate, District 17 Won $538,164
Grand Total Raised $747,880

2012

Huffman won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Huffman raised a total of $209,716.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joan Huffman's campaign in 2012
Texans For Joan Huffman$771,038
Perry, Bob J$20,000
Houston Police Officers Union$15,000
Perry, Bob J & Doylene$15,000
Time Warner Cable$13,500
Total Raised in 2012$209,716
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Huffman won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Huffman raised a total of $538,164.

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.

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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.[8] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[9]

  • 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.[9]

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

2013

Huffman received a score of 66.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that Huffman received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Joan Huffman received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Huffman 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."

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Preceded by
Kyle Janek
Texas Senate District 17
2008-present
Succeeded by
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