Mark Shelton

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Mark Shelton
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Former candidate for

Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 97
2009 - 2013
Bachelor'sBaylor University
M.D.Texas A&M University
Personal website
Mark Shelton was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 10 of the Texas State Senate.[1]

Shelton is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 97 from 2009 to 2013.


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.[2]

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.

Committee assignments


Mark Shelton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • 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.[3]


Campaign themes

On his website Shelton listed his priority issues:[4]

  • 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. 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. 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.[5] Gene Lord was nominated in convention by the Libertarian Party of Texas. John Tunmire was running as a Green candidate. Gene Woodard III filed but did not advance past the Libertarian convention. Burton defeated Willis, Tunmire, and Lord in the 2014 general election.[1][6][7][8]

Texas State Senate, District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKonni Burton 52.8% 95,532
     Democratic Libby Willis 44.7% 80,872
     Libertarian Gene Lord 1.8% 3,340
     Green John Tunmire 0.6% 1,094
Total Votes 180,838


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.[9][10]

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.[11]

Texas State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Davis Incumbent 51.1% 147,103
     Republican Mark Shelton 48.9% 140,656
Total Votes 287,759
Texas State Senate District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Shelton 80.8% 28,249
Derek Cooper 19.2% 6,709
Total Votes 34,958


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Shelton won for re-election in District 97. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Libertarian Rod Wingo in the November 2 general election.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 97
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[13] Shelton raised $865,899 for his campaign; Barret raised $544,784.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 97
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Shelton (R) 37,800 55.33%
Dan Barrett (D) 29,206 42.75%
Rodney Wingo (L) 1,306 1.91%

Campaign donors


Shelton raised a total of $170,428 in 2010. Below are Shelton'ss top 3 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[15]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Medical Association $5,000
Texas Association of Realtors $4,000
PSEL PAC $3,000


Below are Shelton's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[16]

Contributor 2008 total
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

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."[17] 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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 97
Succeeded by
Craig Goldman (R)