Charlie Howard

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Charlie Howard
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Texas State House, District 26
Former Officeholder
In office
1995 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
CandidateVerification
Charlie Howard is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 26 from 1995 to 2013. Howard announced in September 2011 that he would be retiring at the end of his term due to health concerns. "I have a lingering health issue. I have postponed treatment for the past few years because of the time commitment it requires, but this is no longer an option."[1]

Howard serves as President of The C. Howard Company. He previously served as President of The Howard/Turner Company, Incorporated (1986-1992), Executive Vice President of Titus Construction Company, Incorporated (1986-1992), and Executive Vice President/Operating Officer of Sugar Land Properties, Incorporated (1973-1986).

Howard is involved with a number of organizations, including the Fort Bend Association of Realtors, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend County Fair, Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Fort Bend Independent School District, Fort Bend Young Men's Christian Association, Houston Baptist University Board of Trustees, Houston Baptist University College of Business Advisory Board, Society of Industrial Realtors, and Director for Star of Hope Missions.[2]

Biography

Howard previously worked as President of Howard/Turner Company, Inc. and as Vice President of Titus Construction Co., Inc. He has also served as President of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and worked as Director of several community organizations including the Fort Bend Museum, the Fort Bend Community Hospital, and Star of Hope Missions.

Howard currently owns The C. Howard Company.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Charlie Howard served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

  • HB 1212 - Relating to certain requirements relating to the issuance of a marriage license or the recording of a declaration of informal marriage and to the maintenance of marriage and divorce indexes by the bureau of vital statistics.
  • HB 1217 - Relating to estimating the rate of growth of the state's economy for purposes of the constitutional spending limit.
  • HB 2631 - Relating to the filing of personal financial disclosure statements by municipal officers and candidates, members of the boards of trustees of school districts, and directors of sports and community venue districts.
  • HB 4482 - Relating to a requirement of lawful presence in the United States for receipt of state educational benefits and to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.[3]

Issue positions

On his website Howard provides comprehensive information on his positions. These include:[4]

  • Cap real estate tax appraisals - "We need to cap real estate appraisals at 5% or less. We passed legislation reducing school property taxes by 1/3. However, the 1/3 reduction in property taxes will soon disappear with appraisals increasing at 10% per year."
  • Replace property tax with consumption tax for financing public schools
  • Government Spending - " At present, more revenue is being generated than the state requires under the current system. The extra money should to be returned to the taxpayers in the form of reduced property taxes."
  • Control the Borders - "We need to require all state agencies to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcement of federal immigration laws. State agencies must check the status of an immigrant before permitting them to use government services. We should keep drivers licenses out of the hands of illegal aliens."
  • Transportation - "Alternate financing for transportation is needed. The gasoline tax received by the state is barely adequate to maintain our roads and bridges, much less build new ones. Toll roads, public/private partnerships, and bond programs must all be analyzed."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Howard announced in September 2011 that he would not be running re-election to the District 26 seat. Howard said his retirement was due to illness:""I have a lingering health issue. I have postponed treatment for the past few years because of the time commitment it requires, but this is no longer an option."[1]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Howard won re-election to the 26th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. Howard defeated Democratic candidate Phillip Andrews and Libertarian Joey Roland in the general election on November 2, 2010. [5]

Howard raised $227,511 for his campaign.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 29,721 64.62%
Phillip Andrews (D) 15,344 33.36%
Joey Roland (L) 922 2%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Frost won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, unopposed.[7]

Howard raised $227,511 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlies Howard (R) 45,679


2006

On November 4, 2006, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, uncontested.[9]

Howard raised $130,735 for his campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 22,374

2004

On November 4, 2008, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, unopposed.[11]

Howard raised $110,302 for his campaign.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 43,538

2002

On November 4, 2002, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26 District, unopposed.[13]

Howard raised $43,635 for his campaign.[14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 26,994

2000

On November 4, 2000, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, defeating Nathan Reid (D).[15]

Howard raised $52,727 for his campaign while Reid raised $1,245.[16]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (2000)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nathan Reid (D) 22,451
Charlie Howard (R) 51,245

1998

On November 4, 1998, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, unopposed.[17]

Howard raised $44,250 for his campaign.[18]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (1998)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 29,495

1996

On November 4, 1998, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, defeating Diane Prather (Natural Law Party).[19]

Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (1996)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R) 41,931
Diane Prather (NLP) 41,931

1994

On November 4, 1994, Howard won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 26, defeating Len Goff (D).[20]


Texas House of Representatives, District 26 (1994)
Candidates Votes
Len Goff (D) 8,706
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Howard (R)' 30,973

Campaign donors

2010

Howard raised a total of $144,969 in 2010. Below are Howards's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[21]

Contributor 2010 total
Belin, James Bruce $6,000
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson $5,304
Texas Oil and Gas Association $5,000
Ryan & Co. $4,000
Farmers Insurance Group $4,000

2008

In the 2008 election, Howard raised a total of $227,511.[22]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Bam Houston Real Estate Investment $10,000
Texas Association of Realtors $7,500
Simmons, Harold C $6,250
Six Donors, Each Donating $5,000 $5,000

2006

In the 2006 election, Howard raised a total of $130,735. [23]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Eagleton, H Norman $5,000
Brown, RC $5,000
Leininger, James R $5,000
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson $4,120
AT&T $4009

2004

In the 2004 election, Howard raised a total of $110,302. [24]

His six largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Perry, Bob J $5,000
Brown III, Robert $5,000
Dannenbaum, James D $5,000
Elberger, Robert $5,000
Belin, James $5,000
Eagleton, H Norman $5,000

2002

In the 2002 election, Howard raised a total of $43,635. [25]

His five largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Leninger, James $10,000
Pilgrim, Lonnie A (Bo) $5,000
Brown III, Robert $2,500
TXU Corp $1,500
Eleven Donors, Each Donating $1,000 $1,000

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Scorecards

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

2011

Charlie Howard received a grade of B on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Howard 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."[27]

Personal

Howard received his BS in Electrical Engineering at Auburn University and did graduate work at the University of Alabama before getting his MA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Howard and his wife have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Texas House District 26
1995–2013
Succeeded by
Rick Miller (R)