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Garnet Coleman
Garnet Coleman.jpg
Texas State House, District 147
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 electedOctober 15, 1991
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthSeptember 8, 1961
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionBusiness owner and president
Office website
Campaign website
Garnet Coleman is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 147. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.


Coleman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Apartments for America, Inc. He also owns Coleman Strategies, and is a shareholder in Peacole Ice Cream.

Coleman is a sustaining member of the Harris County Democratic Party and the Texas Democratic Party. He was the field director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign in Harris County. He was a Delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention, a Precinct Chair for the 1990 Democratic Precinct Convention, and a Delegate at the 1998 State Democratic Convention.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
County Affairs, Chair
Public Health


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


  • HB 2715 - Relating to grants for school-based health centers.
  • HB 2787 - Relating to liability of charitable organizations for certain negligent hiring, supervision, or retention actions.
  • HB 2953 - Relating to a prohibition against the use of a stun gun or taser by school district peace officers, security personnel, and other employees against elementary, middle, and junior high school students.
  • HB 2955 - Relating to the rates of tuition charged to students of public institutions of higher education.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Coleman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 147. Coleman defeated Ray Hill in the May 29 primary election and defeated Deb Shafto (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGarnet Coleman Incumbent 92.2% 43,589
     Green Deb Shafto 7.8% 3,683
Total Votes 47,272

Texas House of Representatives District 147 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGarnet Coleman Incumbent 87.4% 6,606
Ray Hill 12.6% 950
Total Votes 7,556


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Coleman won re-election in District 147. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and had no opponents in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Garnet Coleman (D) 23,312 100%


On November 4, 2008, Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 147th District, defeating Libertarian Joe Tirado. He received 35,951 votes in the election, ahead of Tirado (3,030).[6] Coleman raised $466,249 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Garnet Coleman (D) 35,951 92.22%
Joe Tirado (L) 3,030 7.77%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Coleman received $551,515 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Garnet Coleman's campaign in 2010
North Texas Leadership PAC$50,000
Texas Optometric Association$15,000
Simmons, Harold C$15,000
Chickasaw Nation$10,000
Border Health$10,000
Total Raised in 2010 $551,515


Coleman raised $466,249 during the 2008 campaign cycle. His top five campaign contributors are listed below.[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Texans for Insurance Reform $10,000
Texas for Economic Development PAC $10,000
Texas Medical Assoc $8,405
Texas Optometric Assoc $8,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc $7,500


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


Garnet Coleman received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Organizations and community involvement

Coleman is a member of many organizations, including The Ensemble Theater Board, National Mental Health Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Progressive States Network Board, South Central Young Mens' Christian Association, Houston Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council Advisory Board, and creator of Operation SMART Youth Development Program.

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