Gary Elkins

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Gary Elkins
Gary Elkins.jpg
Texas State House, District 135
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 19
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayJuly 25, 1939
Place of birthHouston, TX
Office website
Gary Elkins is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 135 since 1995.

Elkins earned his BS in Practical Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is the Owner/President of Personal Credit Corporation, and has worked as a consultant and in real estate.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Technology, Chair
Urban Affairs



  • HB 345 - Relating to a business's duty to protect sensitive personal information contained in its customer records.
  • HB 2069 - Relating to a merchant's duties with respect to the use of a credit card, debit card, stored value card, or other access device.
  • HB 3623 - Relating to covenants not to compete by physicians.
  • HB 4372 - Relating to the resolution of overpayment or underpayment of income benefits under the workers' compensation program.[2]


On his website Elkins lists some of his positions, including:[3]

  • "Supports requiring a valid Texas photo ID to vote"
  • "Supports increased teacher pay"
  • "Opposes state income tax and favors lowering taxes on small businesses"
  • "Increased penalties against child predators by supporting Jessica's Law"
  • "Supports the right of private citizens to keep and bear arms"



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elkins ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 135. Elkins was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Paul Morgan (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 135, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Elkins Incumbent 60.4% 32,023
     Democratic Paul Morgan 39.6% 21,030
Total Votes 53,053


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elkins won re-election in District 135. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 135th District, receiving 27,382 votes ahead of Democrat Trey Fleming (18,733) and Libertarian Alfred Montestruc (778).[7] He raised $296,797 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 135
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Elkins (R) 27,382 58.39%
Trey S. Fleming (D) 18,733 39.94%
Alfred N. Montestruc (L) 778 1.65%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Elkins received $166,282 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Elkins's campaign in 2010
Texas Credit Union League$7,500
North Cypress Medical Center$5,000
Ezcorp Inc$4,000
Texas Construction Association$3,000
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$3,000
Total Raised in 2010 $166,282


Elkins raised $296,797 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Credit Union League $12,000
Gerald Stavely $10,000
Bob J Perry $7,500
Doylene Perry $7,500
EZ Corp $5,500


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


Gary Elkins received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Elkins was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[12]

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Texas House District 135
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