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Elliott Naishtat
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Texas State House, District 49
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 24
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sQueens College-City
Master'sUniversity of New York
J.D.The University of Texas
Office website
Elliott Naishtat is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 49 since 1991.


Elliott served as staff counsel for Senator Gonzalo Barrientos before entering private law practice. He also served as chairman of Austin's Community Development Commission and directed the U.T. School of Social Work's Legislative Training Program.

Naishtat works as an Attorney for Scanlan, Buckle and Young. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Instructor at Saint Edward's University. Naishtat previously worked as Staff Counsel to State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos from 1986-1989, and was Director of the Legislative Training Program at the University of Texas School of Social Work.

He is a member of many organizations, including the House Research Organization, Human Services Committee - National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Jewish Legislators, National Academy of State Health Policy, National Association of Social Workers, and Austin-Travis County Bar Association.[1]


Naishtat's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.

When asked his legislative priorities, he replied:

"My top three priorities are to: 1) improve the TANF, CHIP and Medicaid programs to ensure that intended program beneficiaries receive the services and supports necessary to meet their needs; 2) improve access to services for elderly and disabled people who choose to live in community-based settings instead of institutions; and 3) institute meaningful campaign finance and ethics reforms."[2]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services
Public Health, Vice-chair


Naishtat served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

  • HB 163 - Relating to reporting of the fair market value of certain gifts made to public officials.
  • HB 164 - Relating to the medical use of marihuana.
  • HB 877 - Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas.
  • HB 1628 - Relating to the ability of a county, public hospital, or hospital district to purchase or arrange for the purchase of certain health coverage or benefits for eligible residents.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Naishtat won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 49. Naishtat ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Kent Phillips (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElliot Naishtat Incumbent 82.7% 50,973
     Libertarian Kent Phillips 17.3% 10,640
Total Votes 61,613


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Naishtat won re-election in District 49. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Nathan Kleffman in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 49
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Elliott Naishtat (D) 30,423 85.28%
Nathan Kleffman (L) 5,249 14.71%


On November 4, 2008, Naishtat won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 49th District. Naishtat ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 54,284 votes.[7] Naishtat raised $133,392 for his campaign.[8]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Naishatat raised a total of $156,374 in 2010. Below are Naishtat's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[9]

Contributor 2010 total
Texans Optometric Association $3,000
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists $2,500
Texas Association for Home Care $2,500
Heartplace $2,500
Texas Dental Association $2,500


Below are Naishtat's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Joe Lamantia Jr. $6,500
Bernard Rapoport $2,500
AT&T $2,100
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc $2,000
United Transportation Union $2,000


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


Elliot Naishtat received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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