|Texas House of Representatives, District 65|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|(dead link) Personal website|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Homeland Security & Public Safety|
Simmons's website highlighted the following campaign themes: Stop Illegal Immigration
- Excerpt: "We must use all means necessary to secure the Texas border, end the incentives which encourage illegal behavior, and pass sanctuary cities legislation."
Oppose ObamaCare and Federal Mandates
- Excerpt: "While I support a system that allows everyone that wants health insurance the right to purchase it, no one should be forced to purchase insurance. ObamaCare is another example of how Washington, D.C. is taking away the right of Texans to govern our own affairs, and it must end."
Cut Government Spending, Promote Efficient Government
- Excerpt: "We must use our revenues for best and be willing to eliminate – not just reduce – those things that are just good. This is how Texas families and businesses manage their finances, and our state government should do the same."
Promote jobs and a strong economy
- Excerpt: "Government should avoid policies that have a negative effect on increased goods and/or services sold by the private sector. Frivolous lawsuits, unnecessary regulations, and government bureaucracy drive up the cost of doing business in the state, increase costs to our citizens, and ultimately are a drag on jobs and our economy."
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Ron Simmons was unopposed in the Republican primary. Alex Mendoza was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Simmons defeated Mendoza in the general election.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 65 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Ron Simmons Incumbent||64.3%||18,812|
Simmons won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 65. Simmons defeated Mike Hennefer and David Loerwald in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 65, General Election, 2012|
|Texas House of Representatives District 65 Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Simmons is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Simmons raised a total of $321,004 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.
|Ron Simmons's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 65||$321,004|
|Grand Total Raised||$321,004|
2012Simmons won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Simmons raised a total of $321,004.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ron Simmons's campaign in 2012|
|Perry, Bob J||$5,000|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$4,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$321,004|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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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. Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.
- American's for Prosperity Texas - Texas Legislative Report Card 2013
- Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
- Conservative Roundtable - 2013 Conservative Solutions Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
- Empower Texans - 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
- Environment Texas - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
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- Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom - 2013 Session Report Card
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- Texas Association of Business - For the Record 2013
- Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
- Texas Eagle Forum - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
- Texas League of Conservation Voters - 2013 Scorecard
- 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.
- Texas Right to Life - 2013 Legislative Scores
- Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
- Texas Tribune Guest Column: Mark P. Jones - The 2013 Texas House, From Right to Left
- 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.
- The American Conservative Union - 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- Young Conservatives of Texas - 83rd Session House Budget Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
- Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
- NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: 2013 Legislative Scorecard on House Bill 2
- Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
- National Federation of Independent Business in Texas: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
- Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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Simmons received a score of 85.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
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- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
- The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Simmons, Ron," accessed July 24, 2013
- kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
- Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
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