John Raney

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John Raney
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Texas House of Representatives, District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Personal
Birthday04/04/1947
Place of birthHuntsville, TX
ProfessionFounder/Owner, Texas Aggieland Bookstore
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Raney is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in the November 8, 2011, special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Fred Brown (R) retired after more than 12 years in the legislature.[1]

Biography

Raney graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in marketing. In 1969, while still enrolled at Texas A&M, he founded Texas Aggieland Bookstore. Raney is a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Texas Leadership Council. He is also chairman of the Private Stores Committee of the National Association of College Stores. He is also an member of the Texas Retailers Association, Executive Committee. He is married to his wife, Elizabeth. They have two children.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Higher Education
House Administration

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. Incumbent John Raney was unopposed in the Republican primary. Andrew Metscher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Metscher, Raney and Bruce Pugh (L) will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Raney won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 14. Raney defeated Hal Hawkins in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Raney Incumbent 60.2% 24,269
     Democratic Judy Le Unes 36.2% 14,614
     Libertarian Joshua Baker 3.6% 1,463
Total Votes 40,346
Texas House of Representatives District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Raney Incumbent 81.5% 6,695
Hal Hawkins 18.5% 1,522
Total Votes 8,217

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

On November 8, Raney faced fellow Republicans Bob Yancy and Rebecca Boenigk. He also faced Libertarian Joshua Baker and Democrat Judy Webb LeUnes. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote on November 8, the top two vote getters--Yancy and Raney--proceeded to a runoff election on December 13, 2011. Raney defeated Yancy by a 3,901 to 2,834 margin.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Raney is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Raney raised a total of $278,761 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[6]

John Raney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 14 Won $189,362
2010 Texas State House, District 14 Won $89,399
Grand Total Raised $278,761

2012

Raney won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Raney raised a total of $189,362.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Raney's campaign in 2012
Texas Oil & Gas Association$5,000
Steve Ogden Campaign$5,000
Texas House Leadership Fund$5,000
Texans For Economic Development$5,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$189,362
Source:Follow the Money

2011 special election

Raney won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2011. During that election cycle, Raney raised a total of $89,399.

Issues


John Raney campaign ad.

Campaign themes

2011

Raney's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "John Raney is conservative to the core, and will represent our values in Austin. He wants to be a voice for the people of District 14. We need a leader who knows our area like the back of his hand, and has been a part of building a better community. That leader is John Raney."

Debates

  • On October 18, candidates for District 14 participated in a debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Video of the debate can be found here. (See video player in upper right)
  • On October 25, candidates for District 14 participated in a second debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Audio of the debate can be found here.

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.

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

  • 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.[8]

  • 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

Raney received a score of 36.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Brown
Texas House District 14
2011 – present
Succeeded by
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