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Charles Schwertner
Charles Schwertner.jpg
Texas State Senate District 5
Incumbent
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
2011-2013
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
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

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

Fighting Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "As a diligent steward of our taxpayer dollars, I will continue to fight fraud and abuse in our state's overburdened Medicaid program and stand up to President Obama and his plan to expand Medicaid in the state of Texas."

Creating Jobs & Growing the Economy

  • Excerpt: "As your voice in the Texas Senate, I will continue to seek out waste and mismanagement in our state government, work to balance our state budget, and protect the hard-working citizens of Texas from new taxes or job-killing regulations."

Securing the Border

  • Excerpt: "Illegal immigration not only disrespects the rule of law, but also tears at the fabric of our society, straining our schools, our jails, and our emergency rooms past the breaking point. While securing our border is primarily an obligation of our federal government, Washington's failure to address this problem has had dramatic consequences for the people of Texas."

Improving Our Children's Schools

  • Excerpt: "Our state's most valuable resource is it's children, and our legislature's most important role is providing those children with an 'efficient system of free, public schools.'"

Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow

  • Excerpt: "With over 1,000 new residents moving to Texas every day, our state is has sometimes struggled to keep up with its own success. Anyone that's driven our roads knows that as our state has grown, so have our traffic problems."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. 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 Charles Schwertner was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joel Shapiro was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Schwertner defeated Shapiro and Matthew Whittington (L) in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

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.[5]

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

2010

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

Comprehensive donor information for Schwertner is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Schwertner raised a total of $1,343,810 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[6]

Charles Schwertner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 5 Won $963,960
2010 Texas State House, District 20 Won $379,850
Grand Total Raised $1,343,810

2012

Schwertner won election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schwertner raised a total of $963,960.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Schwertner's campaign in 2012
Texas Medical Association$67,160
Perry, Bob J$65,000
Schwertner, Charles J$30,050
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$27,520
Texas Society Of Anesthesiologists$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$963,960
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Schwertner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Schwertner raised a total of $379,850.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[8]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

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."[9] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Schwertner received a score of 63 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B that Schwertner received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

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."[10]

Personal

Schwertner and his wife, Belinda, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Gattis (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 20
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Marsha Farney (R)
Preceded by
Steve Ogden (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 4
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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