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}}{{tnr}}'''Charles Schwertner''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
}}{{tnr}}'''Charles Schwertner''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Schwertner served in the [[Texas House of Representatives]], representing District 20 from 2011 to 2013.
==Committee assignments==
==Committee assignments==

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Charles Schwertner
Charles Schwertner.jpg
Texas State Senate District 5
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 20
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Schwertner is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Schwertner served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 20 from 2011 to 2013.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security
Government Organization, Vice-chair
Health & Human Services


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Charles Schwertner served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Schwertner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Standing up for Conservative Values

  • "Strongly support reduced government spending"
  • "Support Balanced State and Federal budgets"
  • "Support State’s Rights"

Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration

  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens "
  • "Support increased funding for DPS border security"
  • "Support legislation that requires all city/county jail inmates have Homeland Security/Immigration background checks"

Local Jobs & Agriculture

  • "Work to foster economic development by maintaining a healthy business environment that includes keeping taxes low"
  • "Oppose abusive and frivolous lawsuits"
  • "Protect tax exemptions for small business "

Protecting our Local Land & Water

  • "Support regional water planning and proper regulation and conservation of Texas’ water resources"
  • "Oppose the construction of a reservoir on the Little River to be used to supply water to far away urban areas "



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Schwertner ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 5. Schwertner defeated Ben Bius in the May 29 primary election and defeated Jeffrey Fox (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Texas State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schwertner 77.1% 182,554
     Libertarian Jeffrey Fox 22.9% 54,107
Total Votes 236,661

Texas State Senate District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schwertner 74.5% 44,033
Ben Bius 25.5% 15,050
Total Votes 59,083


See also Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schwertner won election to the District 20 seat, defeating Kate Wedeikes (I) and David Floyd (L).[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 20
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Schwertner (R) 44,901 89.56%
David Floyd (L) 9,490 17.44%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Schwertner raised a total of $379,850 in 2010. Below are Schwertner's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[6]

Contributor 2010 total
Schwertner, Charles $65,175
Perry, Bob $47,500
Perry, Doylene $32,500
Texas Medical Association $30,465
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $10,000


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


Charles Schwertner received a grade of B on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Schwertner 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."[8]


Schwertner and his wife, Belinda, have three children.[9]

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Preceded by
Dan Gattis (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 20
Succeeded by
Marsha Farney (R)
Preceded by
Steve Ogden (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by