Warren Chisum

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Warren Chisum
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Texas House of Representatives, District 88
Former Officeholder
In office
1989 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1988
Term limitsN/A
Warren Chisum is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 88 from 1989 to 2013.

He announced in May 2011 that he would be retiring at the end of his current term. Looking back on a long career, Chisum reflected: "It's been my lifestyle for 20-plus years. It's not an easy decision to make, but sometimes it's time to go.[1]

Chisum is the Owner of Basic Petroleum Incorporated, and Omega Energy. He previously owned J.T. Richardson Trucking, Archie's Truck Service, Chisum Cattle Ranch, and Wolf Creek Exploration.

Chisum is the President of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and is a member of the Clarendon College-Pampa Center Board of Advisors, Gray County Christian Coalition, National Conference of State Legislatures, Pampa Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Dormitory Board of Directors - University of Texas, Texas Conservative Coalition, and Wayland Baptist University Board of Directors.[2]

Committee assignments


Warren Chisum served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 480 - Relating to marriage education courses for certain couples filing for divorce on the grounds of insupportability.
  • HB 1467 - Relating to the purchase or lease by state agencies of vehicles using alternative fuels.
  • HB 1796 - Relating to the development of carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in this state.
  • HB 2872 - Relating to the establishment by the State Soil and Water Conservation Board of a carbon dioxide sequestration or emissions offset program.[3]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Chisum ran for Texas Railroad Commission in 2012. He faced Beryl Burgess, Joe Cotten, Christi Craddick, Roland Sledge and Becky Berger in the May 29 Republican Primary. Since no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters - Chisum and Craddick - faced off in a runoff election on July 31.[4] Chisum lost that election to Craddick.[5]

  • Primary Runoff
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full Term, Primary Runoff, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 59.8% 592,860
Warren Chisum 40.2% 398,421
Total Votes 991,281
Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State (timed out).

  • Primary
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Full term, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristi Craddick 35.9% 421,610
Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Chisum 27.2% 320,052
Becky Berger 12% 140,752
Joe Cotten 10.5% 123,137
Roland Sledge 9.9% 116,122
Beryl Burgess 4.6% 53,553
Total Votes 1,175,226
Election Results via The Texas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Buddy Garcia (R) was appointed to serve in the seat until the general election and is not running for election.[6]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Chisum won re-election unopposed in District 88 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 88
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Warren Chisum (R) 25,263 100%


On November 4, 2008, Chisum won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 88th District. Chisum ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 41,053 votes.[8] Chisum raised $387,226 for his campaign.[9]

2011 speaker race

Chisum and Ken Paxton of District 70 both challenged incumbent speaker Joe Straus for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. Straus was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.[10]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Chisum received $143,025 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


Below are Chisum's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Assoc of Realtors $12,500
Valero Energy $8,000
Union Pacific Railroad $7,500
Texas Healthcare Assoc $7,500
Texas Medical Assoc $7,000


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."[13] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Warren Chisum received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 88
Succeeded by
Ken King (R)