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Allan Ritter
Allan Ritter.jpg
Texas State House, District 21
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Allan Ritter is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He was formerly a Democrat.


Ritter currently sits on the Board of Allied Building Stores, and is President of the Ritter Lumber Company. He previously worked as Vice Chairman of Allied Building Stores from 1996-1998, and in sales and management for the Ritter Lumber Company from 1972-1988.

Ritter is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Conservation Association, Crimestoppers, First Baptist Church of Nederland, National Rifle Association, Nederland Economic and Development Council, Southwestern Cattle Association, Texas Construction Industry Council, Texas and Southwest Cattlemen's Association, and Young Men's Business League.[1]

2010 Party Switch

Shortly after winning re-election to District 21 in the November 2, 2010 general election, Ritter announced that he would be switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. The announcement came in the wake of landslide GOP victories in the Texas House of Representatives that left Republicans one seat short of a supermajority.[2]

On December 11, 2010 Ritter announced: "In order to best reflect the views of the majority of the people of District 21, I have decided to change my party affiliation. I believe this will allow me to more accurately and effectively represent my constituents while addressing the challenges facing our state."[2]

Ritter's switch all but clinched the Republican supermajority for the 2011 session, barring an unforeseen Democratic win in the December 14th, 2010 special election for deceased Republican representative Edmund Kuempel. According to the Legislative Research Library, no party has held 100 or more seats in the House since 1983."[3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ritter served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources, Chair
Ways & Means


Ritter served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 2664 - Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain businesses.
  • HB 4231 - Relating to the conveyancing or transfer in this state of water imported into this state from a source located outside this state.
  • HB 4232 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation for certain property used to control pollution.
  • HB 4592 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.[4]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ritter ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 21. Ritter defeated Daniel Miller in the May 29 Republican primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Texas House of Representatives District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllan Ritter Incumbent 72.7% 9,299
Daniel Miller 27.3% 3,488
Total Votes 12,787


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ritter won re-election to the 21st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. Ritter defeated Independent Eric Baumgartin the general election on November 6, 2012.

Texas House of Representatives, District 21
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Ritter (D) 19,432 100%


On November 4, 2008, Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 21st District. Ritter ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 32,208 votes.[7] Ritter raised $149,868 for his campaign.[8]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Ritter received $184,576 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


Below are Ritter's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Border Health $10,000
Ryan & Co $5,000
Texas Assoc of Realtors $5,000
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma $4,000
Texas Optometric Assoc $4,000


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


Allan Ritter received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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