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Texas House of Representatives District 15

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Texas House of Representatives District 15
Current incumbentSteve Toth Republican Party
Population167,349
Race74.9% White, 19.6% Black/Hispanic, 5.5% Other
Ethnicity84.8% Not Hispanic, 15.2% Hispanic
Voting age72.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Texas's fifteenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Steve Toth.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 167,349 civilians reside within Texas's fifteenth state house district.[1] Texas state representatives represent an average of 167,637 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 139,012 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Texas House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Texas legislators assume office at the beginning of the legislative session (January).

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Texas House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[4]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A two-year resident of Texas before the general election
  • A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Texas Legislature are paid $7,200/year. Legislators receive $150/day per diem which is set by the Ethics Commission.[5]

Pension

When calculating a legislators' pension, their normal salary is artificially inflated to $125,000. This goes back to 1981, when lawmakers linked their salaries to those of state judges. Since then, they raised judges' salaries while removing the caps on their own pensions, pushing the maximum benefit up to 100% of a judge's salary.

In 2011, this resulted in an average state employee pension of $17,526 annually. The maximum pension a legislator can earn is $125,000, of which Rep. Tom Craddick (R) will be the first to qualify for when he retires. .[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat.[7] A Governor's proclamation to a special election must be delivered to local elections authorities representing the vacant seat no later than 36 days before the scheduled election.[8]

The Secretary of State can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 29, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Steve Toth (R) defeated Sterling Russell (L) in the general election. Toth defeated Rob Eissler in the Republican primary election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Toth 86.6% 57,520
     Libertarian Sterling Russell 13.4% 8,872
Total Votes 66,392
Texas House of Representatives District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Toth 56.5% 9,630
Rob Eissler Incumbent 43.5% 7,420
Total Votes 17,050

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 15 have raised a total of $1,849,420. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $154,118 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Texas House of Representatives District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $381,971 3 $127,324
2010 $384,667 1 $384,667
2008 $323,196 1 $323,196
2006 $237,090 2 $118,545
2004 $174,192 1 $174,192
2002 $232,018 3 $77,339
2000 $116,286 1 $116,286
Total $1,849,420 12 $154,118

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