|Texas House of Representatives, District 97|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|M.D.||Texas A&M University|
Shelton is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a physician and works as Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases with Cook Children's Medical Center.
Shelton is a volunteer with Troop 17 Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board Member of Longhorn Council, Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, on the Executive Committee of the Tarrant County Republicans, and a member of the Travis Avenue Baptist Church.
Shelton grew up in Arlington, Texas and is a graduate of Lamar High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University and went on to attend the Texas A&M University College of Medicine (now the Texas A&M Health Science Center), receiving his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1983. He is double-boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Mark Shelton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Appropriations Committee
- Public Education Committee
- Appropriations - S/C on Articles I, IV, & V, Select Committee
- Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Texas House
- House Administration Committee, Texas House
- Public Education Committee, Texas House
- HB 3122 - Relating to the employment and temporary licensing of medical school faculty from out of state.
- HB 3780 - Relating to the operation of and requirements for expansion of certain open-enrollment charter schools.
On his website Shelton listed his priority issues:
- Reduce Government Spending - "Limit government spending to no more than the rate of inflation plus the growth (or decline) of the Texas population"
- Affordable Healthcare - "Support aggressive insurance reform to reduce the cost of health care for our families"
- Border Security - "Increase state resources on the border to prevent the entry of criminals and illegal drugs-a secure border equals secure communities."
- Education - Support Public Schools; Improve Education Opportunities for All Children
- Appraisal & Property Tax Reform - Support Appraisal Caps; Support Revenue Caps; Require Taxpayer-Elected Appraisal Board Members; Enhance Property Tax Freeze for Seniors
- Supports the Sanctity of Human Life from Conception
- Fully Support Our Right to Keep & Bear Arms
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Konni Burton and Mark Shelton advanced to a primary runoff, defeating Tony Pompa, Jon Schweitzer and Mark Skinner in the Republican primary. Burton defeated Shelton in the May 27 runoff election. Libby Willis defeated Mike Martinez in the Democratic primary. George Boll (D) withdrew prior to the primary election. Gene Lord was nominated in convention by the Libertarian Party of Texas. John Tunmire is running as a Green candidate. Gene Woodard III filed but did not advance past the Libertarian convention.
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
Shelton ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 10. Shelton defeated Derek Cooper in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Wendy Davis (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
This highly contested race in Senate District 10 prompted large donations to both candidates. In the last six months of 2011, incumbent Democrat Wendy Davis reported raising $569,162 in donations while Shelton reported raising $273,518.
|Texas State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Wendy Davis Incumbent||51.1%||147,103|
|Texas State Senate District 10 Republican Primary, 2012|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 97 |
2010 General election results
|Mark Shelton (R)||28,275||86.40%|
|Rod Wingo (L)||4,448||13.59%|
On November 4, 2008, Shelton won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 97th District, defeating Dan Barrett (D) and Rodney Wingo (L). Shelton received 37,800 votes in the election while Barrett received 29,206 votes, and Wingo received 1,306 votes. Shelton raised $865,899 for his campaign; Barret raised $544,784.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 97|
|Mark Shelton (R)||37,800||55.33%|
|Dan Barrett (D)||29,206||42.75%|
|Rodney Wingo (L)||1,306||1.91%|
Shelton raised a total of $170,428 in 2010. Below are Shelton'ss top 3 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Texas Medical Association||$5,000|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$4,000|
Below are Shelton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$129,507|
|Texas Republican Party||$96,220|
|Bob J Perry||$83,000|
|Medical Defense PAC||$42,500|
|Texas Medical Assoc||$41,177|
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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Mark Shelton received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Mark Shelton's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Shelton
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2008
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 97 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Texas Conservative Coalition profile
- Mark Shelton on Facebook
- Texas Secretary of State, 2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Shelton
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Shelton
- Vote Mark Shelton On the Issues
- Star-Telegram, "Democratic candidate Boll suspends race for state Senate District 10," accessed February 10, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "Election Brackets," accessed May 5, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- star-telegram.com, "State Senate races in Tarrant drawing big bucks," Jan. 18, 2012
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- District 97 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
|Texas House District 97
| Succeeded by|
Craig Goldman (R)
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