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David Dewhurst
David Dewhurst.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Incumbent
In office
January 21, 2003 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Ratliff (R)
Compensation
Base salary$7,200
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$65,694,639
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Texas Land Commissioner
January 17, 1999 – January 21, 2003
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1945
Place of birthHouston, TX
ProfessionRancher
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
David Dewhurst (born August 18, 1945, in Houston, Texas) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Texas. A Republican, he has served in the position since 2003. In that capacity he also serves as President of the Texas State Senate. Dewhurst previously served as Texas Land Commissioner, which is considered a stepping-stone for higher office. He was the first Republican elected to the position since Reconstruction.[1]

Unlike most states, the office of lieutenant governor in Texas is very powerful and is considered by many to be more powerful than the governor's office.[2]

Dewhurst often stresses his strong conservative views. As Land Commissioner, Dewhurst reduced the size of the agency by over 15 percent, and as Lt. Governor he has pushed for what his campaign website calls "some of the most fiscally and socially conservative laws in the nation," including the largest tax cut in state history.[3]

Dewhurst unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. A month after losing the primary runoff to Ted Cruz, Dewhurst stated that he planned to run for a fourth term as lieutenant governor in 2014.[4]

Biography

Dewhurst earned his bachelor's degree and played basketball at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

He was previously an officer in the U.S. Air Force, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. State Department. In 1981, Dewhurst founded Falcon Seaboard, a Texas-based diversified energy and investments company. He breeds registered Black Angus cattle, is an active team roper, and rides cutting horses in American Quarter Horse Association and National Quarter Horse Association competitions.[5]

Education

  • University of Arizona, B.A.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2003-Present)

Dewhurst was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 2002, when he defeated former Democratic Comptroller John Sharp of Victoria. He succeeded Bill Ratliff. (Ratliff did not contest the lieutenant governor's position in the primary, opting instead for re-election to his state senate seat.) Dewhurst polled 2,341,875 votes (51.77 percent) to Sharp's 2,082,281 (46.03 percent). (Two minor candidates polled the remaining 2.19 percent.) In that campaign, Dewhurst stressed his interest in public education and opposition to school vouchers.

Dewhurst was easily renominated for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the Republican primary held on March 7, 2006. He defeated Tom Kelly, the same unknown candidate whom he bested for the nomination in 2002. Dewhurst then overwhelmed Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado, a veterans issues research analyst and the winner of her April 11 runoff primary, in the November 7 general election. He received 2,512,197 votes (58.2 percent) to Alvarado's 1,616,945 (37.4 percent). Libertarian Judy A. Baker polled another 188,956 votes (4.4 percent).

Texas Children First initiative

Dewhurst is known for his "Texas Children First" initiative which is part of cracking down on child sexual predators in Texas and throughout the United States. The initiative includes extending the statute of limitations on child sex crimes and leading the passage of Jessica's Law to help keep Texas children safe. Dewhurst is also attempting to pass legislation that would allow for the death penalty to be imposed on 2nd time violent child predators. This bill has received some controversy as it has been recognized that the death penalty for anything other than murder is unconstitutional. Nobody has been executed in the US for a crime other than murder since 1964.[6]

Weapons training for teachers

On January 11, 2013, Dewhurst called for state-funded firearms training for teachers and administrators. Per his proposal, school districts would nominate who would carry weapons on campus and training would be more extensive than what is required for a concealed handgun license.[7]

2003 Redistricting

In 2003, Dewhurst assisted the Republican leadership, including then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, and Governor Rick Perry, in passing a sweeping congressional redistricting bill that increased the number of Republican U.S. House seats in Texas from 15 to 21 in the 2004 elections. Minority Democrats were left with 11 seats. In his capacity as the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, Dewhurst, in the third consecutive special session called by the governor, allowed the suspension of the custom that 2/3 of the body must vote to consider a bill.[8]

Dewhurst's leadership on redistricting brought him into legal conflict with his former land commissioner opponent, Richard Raymond. Raymond was the only elected official to be a plaintiff in the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the DeLay-Perry-Craddick-Dewhurst redistricting plan. Dewhurst and Raymond have also sparred over education policy.

Texas Land Commissioner (1998-2003)

Dewhurst was elected Texas Land Commissioner in 1998. A self-described "George Bush Republican," he defeated Democratic State Representative Richard Raymond of Benavides for the position. Dewhurst accused Raymond of being a "career politician." Dewhurst received 2,072,604 votes (57.42 percent) to Raymond's 1,438,378 ballots (39.85 percent). A Libertarian polled the remaining 2.72 percent.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Dewhurst is running for re-election in 2014.[10]

Endorsements

  • Texas Right to Life PAC [11]
  • Texas Fraternal Order of Police
  • Texas Municipal Police Association
  • Department of Public Safety Officers Association Political Action Committee
  • Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
  • Texas Farm Bureau’s political committee[12]

Impeachment of Obama

During an event for the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party on October 14, 2013, Dewhurst called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Dewhurst stated the 2014 race “is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached. Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”[13]

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

Dewhurst announced on July 19, 2011 that he would be running for the US Senate in 2012, aiming to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. He said his campaign would be "straightforward, unapologetically conservative and as serious as the problems we face."[14]

Dewhurst and Ted Cruz defeated Joe Agris, Curt Cleaver, Glenn Addison, Ben Gambini, Craig James, Tom Leppert, and Lela Pittenger in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He was then defeated in the July 31st primary runoff election by Cruz.[15][16]

Primary
Cruz won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the primary runoff election on July 31, 2012.[17]
U.S. Senate Runoff Election, Texas Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.8% 631,812
David Dewhurst 43.2% 480,126
Total Votes 1,111,938

2010

See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Dewhurst defeated Linda Chavez-Thompson (D), Herb Gonzales, Jr. (G) and Scott Jameson (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[18]

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 61.8% 3,049,109
     Democratic Linda Chavez-Thompson 34.8% 1,719,202
     Libertarian Scott Jameson 2.5% 122,142
     Green Herb Gonzales, Jr. 0.9% 44,903
Total Votes 4,935,356
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2006

Dewhurst was easily renominated for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the Republican primary held on March 7, 2006. He defeated Tom Kelly, the same unknown candidate whom he bested for the nomination in 2002. Dewhurst then overwhelmed Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado, a veterans issues research analyst and the winner of her April 11 runoff primary, in the November 7 general election. He received 2,512,197 votes (58.2 percent) to Alvarado's 1,616,945 (37.4 percent). Libertarian Judy A. Baker polled another 188,956 votes (4.4 percent).

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 58.2% 2,513,530
     Democratic Maria Luisa Alvarado 37.4% 1,617,490
     Libertarian Judy Baker 4.4% 188,206
Total Votes 4,319,226
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2002

Dewhurst was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 2002, when he defeated former Democratic Comptroller John Sharp of Victoria. He succeeded Bill Ratliff. (Ratliff did not contest the lieutenant governor's position in the primary, opting instead for re-election to his state senate seat.) Dewhurst polled 2,341,875 votes (51.77 percent) to Sharp's 2,082,281 (46.03 percent). (Two minor candidates polled the remaining 2.19 percent.) In that campaign, Dewhurst stressed his interest in public education and opposition to school vouchers.

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst 51.8% 2,341,875
     Democratic John Sharp 46% 2,082,281
     Libertarian Mark David Gessner 1.2% 54,885
     Green Nathalie Paravicini 1% 44,386
Total Votes 4,523,427
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

1998

Dewhurst was elected Texas Land Commissioner in 1998. A self-described "George Bush Republican," he defeated Democratic State Representative Richard Raymond of Benavides for the position. Dewhurst accused Raymond of being a "career politician." Dewhurst received 2,072,604 votes (57.42 percent) to Raymond's 1,438,378 ballots (39.85 percent). A Libertarian polled the remaining 2.72 percent.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dewhurst is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dewhurst raised a total of $65,694,639 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[19]

David Dewhurst's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $3,347,683
2010 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $9,240,480
2008 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $4,634,620
2006 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $10,204,273
2004 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $4,136,939
2002 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $29,335,793
1998 TX Commissioner of Public Lands Won $4,794,851
Grand Total Raised $65,694,639

1998-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of David Dewhurst's donors each year.[20] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Dewhurst lives in Houston with his wife, Tricia, and their young daughter Carolyn.[1]

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Preceded by
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Lieutenant Governor of Texas
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