Jodie Laubenberg

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Jodie Laubenberg
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Texas House of Representatives, District 89
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday04/20/1957
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jodie Laubenberg (b. April 20, 1957) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 89. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Laubenberg received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a former member of the Parker City Council, and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Investments & Financial Services
Public Health

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Laubenberg served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 853 - Relating to inclusion of pets and other companion animals in protective orders; providing a penalty
  • HB 894 - Relating to the creation of the Van Alstyne Municipal Utility District No. 2 of Collin County; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.
  • HB 1222 - Relating to the financial audit of certain regional transportation authorities by the state auditor.
  • HB 1702 - Relating to the posting on the comptroller's Internet website certain information related to bonds issued by local governments.[2]

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. Sameena Karmally was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Jodie Laubenberg was unopposed in the Republican primary. Karmally and Laubenberg will face off in the general election. Bob Worthington (L) was removed from the ballot before the election.[3][4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Laubenberg ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 89. Laubenberg ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. She was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Laubenberg won re-election in District 89. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 89
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jodie Laubenberg (R) 43,947 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 89th District. Laubenberg ran unopposed in the general election, and she received 69,628 votes.[7] She raised $203,807 for her campaign.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Laubenberg is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Laubenberg raised a total of $1,045,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[9]

Jodie Laubenberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 89 Won $134,964
2010 Texas State House, District 89 Won $170,505
2008 Texas State House, District 89 Won $203,807
2006 Texas State House, District 89 Won $189,884
2004 Texas State House, District 89 Won $160,335
2002 Texas State House, District 89 Won $186,420
Grand Total Raised $1,045,915

2012

Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $134,964.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jodie Laubenberg's campaign in 2012
Harper, Alan K$5,500
Ahlberg, Trevor L$5,000
Chickasaw Nation$5,000
Border Health$5,000
Texas Medical Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$134,964
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $170,505.

2008

Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $203,807.

2006

Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $189,884.

2004

Laubenberg won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $160,335.

2002

Laubenberg won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Laubenberg raised a total of $186,420.

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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.[11]

  • 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

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

Laubenberg received a score of 100 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jodie Laubenberg received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Laubenberg 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."

Controversies

"Rape kit" remarks

During a legislative debate over an amendment to a bill that would ban abortions in Texas after 20 weeks, Laubenberg defended the lack of exceptions for rape or incest by noting that women will have had "five months to make that decision." As part of her support for this argument, she noted that hospital emergency rooms had "rape kits" that medical personnel would use to get a woman "cleaned out," and she compared that process to an abortion. The Associated Press noted that this was an apparent confusion of terms by Laubenberg, as the phrase "rape kits" generally refers equipment used by medical examiners seeking to gather physical evidence in response to allegations of rape or other sexual assault. Laubenberg faced considerable scrutiny in social media following her comments.[12][13]

Personal

Laubenberg and her husband, Bob, have two children.

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Texas House District 89
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