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Ken Paxton
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Current candidacy
Running for Attorney General of Texas
General election November 4, 2014
Current office
Texas State Senate District 8
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 70
2003 - 2013
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
CandidateVerification
Ken Paxton is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Paxton served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 70 from 2003 to 2013.

Paxton is running for Attorney General of Texas in 2014.[1]

Biography

Paxton is an attorney with a private practice. He has worked for Strasburger and Price, Limited Liability Partnership, and has been a Management Consultant with Arthur Andersen, and In-House Legal Counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Incorporated.

Paxton is a member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce, Centennial Medical Center Board, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Marketplace Ministries Board of Directors, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney Rotary, and Stonebriar Community Church.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Government Organization
Intergovernmental Relations
Jurisprudence
Transportation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ken Paxton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

2011 speaker race

Paxton and Warren Chisum of District 88 both challenged incumbent speaker Joe Straus for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. Straus was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.[3]

  • HB 465 - Relating to the number of charters the State Board of Education may grant for open-enrollment charter schools.
  • HB 467 - Relating to authorization for a school district board of trustees to adopt term limits.
  • HB 994 - Relating to the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations from state tax revenues.
  • HB 1039 - Relating to the creation of county databases containing information on county expenditures.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas attorney general election, 2014

Paxton is running for election as Texas Attorney General. Paxton came in first for the Republican nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014 and faced Dan Branch in a runoff on May 27, which Paxton won. Paxton has been endorsed by Empower Texans.[5] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]

  • Primary
Texas Attorney General Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Barry Smitherman 22.1% 281,050
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Branch 33.5% 426,561
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 44.4% 566,080
Total Votes 1,273,691
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
  • Runoff
Texas Attorney General Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Dan Branch 36.4% 265,963
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 63.6% 465,395
Total Votes 731,358
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Endorsements

  • Texas Right to Life PAC[6]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Paxton won election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 8. Paxton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 62.3% 178,238
     Democratic Jack Ternan 34.6% 99,010
     Libertarian Ed Kless 3.1% 8,899
Total Votes 286,147

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Paxton won re-election unopposed in District 70. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 70
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Paxton (R) 43,006 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 70th District, defeating Robert Virasin (L). Paxton received 73,450 votes in the election while Virasin received 11,751 votes.[7] Paxton raised $320,266 in campaign contributions.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 70
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Paxton (R) 73,450 86.20%
Robert Virasin (L) 11,751 13.79%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paxton is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Paxton raised a total of $1,937,285 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[9]

Ken Paxton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 8 Won $783,465
2010 Texas State House, District 70 Won $245,668
2008 Texas State House, District 70 Won $320,266
2006 Texas State House, District 70 Won $135,711
2004 Texas State House, District 70 Won $249,188
2002 Texas State House, District 70 Won $202,987
Grand Total Raised $1,937,285

2012

Paxton won election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $783,465.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Paxton's campaign in 2012
Harper, Alan K$36,000
Perry, Bob J$30,000
Ahlberg, Trevor L$15,000
Texas Assocation Of Realtors$15,000
AT&T$13,122
Total Raised in 2012$783,465
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $245,668.

2008

Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $320,266.

2006

Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $135,711.

2004

Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $249,188.

2002

Paxton won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Paxton raised a total of $202,987.

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

2013

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

2011

Ken Paxton received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Paxton 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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Political offices
Preceded by
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Texas House District 70
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Scott Sanford (R)
Preceded by
Florence Shapiro (R)
Texas State Senate District 8
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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