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Joe Driver
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Texas House of Representatives, District 113
Former Officeholder
In office
1993 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
CandidateVerification
Joe Driver is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 113 since 1993. He is the Owner of Joe Driver Insurance, State Farm Insurance Companies.

Driver's previous political experience includes Delegation Chair at Texas State Republican Convention - 16th Senatorial District (1990, 1992, 1994), Delegate to the Republican State Convention (1990, 1992), Campaign Manager for State Representative Anita Hills (1988), Co-Chair to Garland Committee to Re-Elect Governor Bill Clements (1986), and Phil Gramm's Senatorial Campaign.

Driver is a member of many organizations, including the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Texas, Conservative Coalition, Dallas Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Dallas Associations of Life Underwriters, First United Methodist Church, Garland Chamber of Commerce, Garland Crimestoppers Board, and the Greater Garland Republicans Club.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Joe Driver served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

  • HB 1893 - Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
  • HB 2937 - Relating to higher education student loan repayment assistance for peace officers.
  • HB 3130 - Relating to the creation of DNA records for the DNA database system.
  • HB 4454 - Relating to the regulation of metal recycling entities; providing penalties.[2]

Elections

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Driver ran for re-election in District 113. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced Democrat Jamie Dorris and Libertarian Ron Machuca in the November 2 general election.

Texas House of Representatives, District 113
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 16,579 57.15%
Jamie Dorris (D) 12,430 42.84%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 113th District, receiving 29,938 votes ahead of Democrat Eric Brandler (21,232).[3] He raised $211,092 for his campaign.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 29,938 58.50%
Eric Anthony Brandler (D) 21,232 41.49%

2006

On November 4, 2006 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, defeating Eric Brandler (D) and Justin Winn (L).[5]

Driver raised $186,465 for his campaign while Brandler raised $2,500 and Winn raised $0.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 15,242
Eric Brandler (D) 9,793
Justin Winn (L) 799

2004

On November 4, 2004 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, defeating Eric Brandler (D).[7]

Driver raised $134,545 for his campaign while Brandler raised $1,250.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 30,376
Eric Brandler (D) 16,272

2002

On November 4, 2002 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, unopposed.[9]

Driver raised $106,110 for his campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 18,065

2000

On November 4, 2000 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, unopposed.[11]

Driver raised $130,720 for his campaign.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (2000)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 32,474

1998

On November 4, 1998 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, unopposed.[13]

Driver raised $78,390 for his campaign while Ingle raised $38,598.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (1998)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 16,911

1996

On November 4, 1996 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, unopposed.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (1996)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 27,414

1994

On November 4, 1994 Driver won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, unopposed.[16]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (1994)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 23,545

1992

On November 4, 1992 Driver won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 113th District, defeating Chris Hrivnak (L).[17]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113 (1992)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Driver (R) 28,121
Chris Hrivnak (L) 6,149

Campaign donors

2010

Driver raised a total of $675,289 in 2010. Below are Driver's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[18]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Republican Party $136,304
Joe R. Strauss III Campaign $77,500
Texas House Republican Leadership Fund $40,000
Texas House Leadership Fund $20,000
Farmers Insurance Group $15,000

2008

In the 2008 election, Driver raised a total of $211,092.[19]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Farmers Insurance Group $5,000
Perry, Bob J $5,000
Beecherl, Louis A $4,000
Independent Insurance Agents OF Texas $4,000
Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend $3,650

2006

In the 2006 election, Driver raised a total of $186,465.[20]

His six largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Licensed Beverage Distributors $5,500
Joekel, Charles $5,500
Bell, Keith $5,050
Walton, Alice L $5,000
BG Distribution Partners $5,000
AT&T $5,000

2004

In the 2004 election, Driver raised a total of $134,545.[21]

His five largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
SBC Communications $5,150
Goss, Randall G $5,000
TXU Corp $4,000
Joekel, Charles $4,000
Bell, Keith $2,500

2002

In the 2002 election, Driver raised a total of $106,110.[22]

His five largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Goss, Randall $4,500
Farmers Insurance Group $3,500
Texas Bell $3,000
Texas Association of Realtors $3,000
Huddleston, Albert D $2,500

Travel expenses

Driver billed both the state of Texas and his campaign account for more than $17,000 in travel expenses from 2005 to mid-2010 . "He has also been collecting thousands of dollars in state mileage reimbursements for travel in vehicles for which his campaign has shelled out more than $100,000 since 2000," the Associated Press reported.[23]

Scorecards

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

2011

Joe Driver received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Preceded by
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Texas House District 113
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Cindy Burkett (R)