|Texas State House, District 55|
|2009 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Richfield High School|
|Place of birth||Waco, TX|
Sheffield is the Owner of Las Casas Restaurant and All Occasion Catering, and the President/Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield Incorporated.
He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Association of the United States Army, Belton Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church of Temple, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, SPJST, Temple Area Home Builders Association, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Farm Bureau.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sheffield served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Vice-chair|
|• Energy Resources|
Sheffield served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Defense & Veterans' Affairs|
|• Energy Resources|
|• Rules & Resolutions|
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• County Affairs|
|• Rules & Resolutions|
- HB 575 - Relating to a prohibition on the disclosure and use of certain information recorded or collected by a transponder used to electronically assess or collect a toll.
- HB 576 - Relating to the electronic distribution of information to legislators by state agencies.
- HB 577 - Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to notify the federal Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding the withdrawal or nonattendance of certain foreign students.
On his website Sheffield lists six main issues and his positions:
- Good Schools - "Ralph will make it a priority in the Legislature to fight for smaller classroom sizes, greater accountability for your tax dollars in our schools systems, and teacher pay raises to attract and reward talented teachers."
- Low Taxes - "Ralph will make it a priority in the Legislature to reduce the amount a homestead appraisal can increase per year to 3% or 5% and institute reforms that will make appraisal districts more accountable to the people. He believes city and county governments need to start being honest with their constituents and raise tax rates if they believe new revenues are needed instead of hiding behind stealth tax hikes like appraisal creep."
- Private Property Rights and the Trans-Texas Corridor - "Ralph has always opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor and will stand with Bell County farmers and ranchers against any illegitimate land grab."
- A Secure Border - "Ralph will fight for more support for border sheriffs, more resources and technology for our law enforcement and will take the political courage needed to confront this issue to Austin."
- Election Integrity - "When illegitimate votes are cast, legitimate votes are nullified, stripping our cherished rights of their value. Ralph will work to secure the integrity of our elections by requiring photo identification to vote."
- Open and Honest Government -"Ralph believes that government can only maintain the public trust when it operates in the sunlight. He believes taxpayers should have greater access to information about the activities of their government. If a governmental entity spends tax money, taxpayers should have an absolute right to scrutinize every penny. Ralph will work hard to open up the government’s books for all citizens to audit."
Sheffield's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
When asked his legislative priorities, he replied:
"The key issues of my campaign are providing tax relief, securing our border, defending private property rights, and ensuring our children have the best schools. I believe Bell County and Texas can be an even more attractive place for businesses to relocate, for families to raise their children, and for veterans to make their home after they retire. I'm running for State Representative because I love Bell County, believe in the people of Bell County, and believe in public service. I have always believed in giving back and serving my community."
Sheffield ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 55. Sheffield defeated John Alaniz in the May 29 Republican primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives District 55 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Ralph Sheffield Incumbent||57.4%||6,400|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 55 |
2010 General election results
|Ralph Sheffield (R)||24,041||81.10%|
|Penny Hendrix (L)||5,600||18.89%|
On November 4, 2008, Sheffield won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 55th District, defeating Sam Murphey (D) and Chris Lane (L). Sheffield received 30,189 votes in the election while Murphey received 24,290 votes, and Lane received 1,509 votes. Sheffield raised $656,610 for his campaign; Murphey raised $396,936.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 55|
|Ralph Sheffield (R)||30,189||53.92%|
|Sam Murphey (D)||24,290||43.38%|
|Chris Lane (L)||1,509||2.69%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Sheffield raised a total of $68,505 in 2010. Below are Sheffield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Farmer's Insurance Group||$5,000|
|McClane Jr., Drayton||$5,000|
|McClane Jr., Drayton||$5,000|
|Rowald, Douglas and Carol||$2,500|
|Texas House Republican Leadership Fund||$2,500|
Below are Sheffield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Ralph E Sheffield Jr||$90,546|
|Stars Over Texas PAC||$55,000|
|Bob J Perry||$45,000|
|James R Leininger||$30,000|
|Texas Restaurant Assoc||$21,500|
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.
Ralph Sheffield received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Sheffield was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."
- Ralph Sheffield's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Sheffield
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 55 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- State Surge profile
- Vote-TX.org profile
- Texas Conservative Coalition profile
- Ralph Sheffield on Facebook
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sheffield
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Sheffield
- ↑ Sheffield for State Rep Issues
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sheffield Issue Positions
- ↑ Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 55 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
- ↑ Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Advocates
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