Joe Pickett

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Joe Pickett
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Texas House of Representatives, District 79
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 20
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joe C. Pickett is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 79. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Pickett is a real estate broker and educator.

Pickett is a member of the Lions Club, and sits on the Board of the Advisory Council for Health Sciences at the University of El Paso, Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso National Board of Directors, American Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Texas Young Men's Christian Association's Policy Council. He previously served on the El Paso City Council.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Pickett served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015
Investments & Financial Services
Redistricting
Transportation, Chair

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Pickett served on the following committees:

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Transportation funding compromise

During a third special session to settle transportation funding issues in 2013, Pickett crafted a compromise package that won approval in the previously-deadlocked legislature. Pickett's plan diverted funds from the state's savings and set up a legislative panel to determine each year the extent to which funds should be diverted to pay for transportation. The legislation requires that the transportation department find $100 million in savings and pay off debts. The diversion of funds from the state's rainy day fund requires a constitutional amendment, which was part of Pickett's proposal. The amendment goes to Texas voters for approval in November 2014.[2]

  • HB 114 - Relating to the repeal of the requirement that certain real estate professionals provide fingerprints to satisfy criminal history check provisions.
  • HB 489 - Relating to the authority of a county or municipality to remove graffiti from private property at the owner's expense.
  • HB 548 - Relating to the impoundment of certain motor vehicles involved in the commission of the offense of racing on a highway.
  • HB 2483 - Relating to the repeal of the authority for the establishment and administration of the Border Health Institute in the city of El Paso.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Joe Pickett defeated Chuck Peartree in the Democratic primary. Pickett was unopposed in the general election. Stephen Shaw (L) and Janet Bonner West (L) were removed from the ballot before the election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pickett ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 79. Pickett ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pickett won re-election in District 79 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Timothy Flood in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Pickett (D) 10,591 84.33%
Timothy Flood (L) 1,967 15.66%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 79th District. Pickett ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 27,604 votes.[7] He raised $89,802 for his campaign.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pickett is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Pickett raised a total of $897,311 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[9]

Joe Pickett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 79 Won $74,648
2010 Texas State House, District 79 Won $202,631
2008 Texas State House, District 79 Won $89,802
2006 Texas State House, District 79 Won $98,910
2004 Texas State House, District 79 Won $110,665
2002 Texas State House, District 79 Won $123,337
2000 Texas State House, District 79 Won $131,668
1998 Texas State House, District 79 Won $65,650
Grand Total Raised $897,311

2012

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $74,648.

2010

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $202,631.

2008

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $89,802.

2006

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $98,910.

2004

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $110,665.

2002

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $123,337.

2000

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $131,668.

1998

Pickett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Pickett raised a total of $65,650.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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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

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

2013

Pickett received a score of 22.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Joe Pickett received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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