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Craig Estes
Craig Estes.jpg
Texas State Senate, District 30
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 14
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Craig Estes has been a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 30 since 2001.[1]

Estes graduated from Wichita Falls High school and later graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.S. in Business Administration. In 1993, Estes graduated from the Harvard Business School Owner President Manager program.

In addition to being a senator, Chairman of the Board of Estes, Inc, which is a wholesale distributor. Prior to his election in the state senate, Estes was the president of the Texas Agricultural Chemicals Association in 1989.[2]

District 30

Craig Estes represents District 30, which includes the county of Baylor, Texas.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security, Chair
Business & Commerce
Natural Resources, Vice-chair


Estes served on the following Texas Senate committees:




See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Estes won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 30. Estes defeated Jim Herblin in the May 29 primary election and defeated Richard Forsythe (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Texas State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Estes Incumbent 86.1% 217,877
     Libertarian Richard Forsythe 13.9% 35,127
Total Votes 253,004
Texas State Senate District 30 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Estes Incumbent 65.3% 42,464
Jim Herblin 34.7% 22,599
Total Votes 65,063


On Nov. 4, 2008, Estes won re-election to the 30th District Seat in the Texas State Senate.[7]

Estes raised $692,589 for his campaign.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 30 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Craig Estes (R) 221,470 100%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, a year in which Estes was up for re-election, he collected $692,589 in donations. [9]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Realtors $27,500
Texas Oil & Gas Association $20,000
Alice Walton $20,000
Alice L Walton $20,00


In 2004, a year in which Estes was up for re-election, he collected $631,698 in donations. [10]

His four largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Estes, Craig $63,200
Texas Association of Realtors $15,000
Lattimore Jr., John V. $15,000
4 donors each contributing: $10,000


In 2002, a year in which Estes was up for re-election, he collected $249,000 in donations. [11]

His four largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Estes, Craig $249,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $35,092
Texas Association of Realtors $25,731
Perry, Bob J. and Doylene $25,000


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


Craig Estes received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Estes was born on August 20, 1953 in North Texas. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Abby, Andrew and Mark.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Haywood
Texas Senate District 30
Succeeded by