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Harold Dutton, Jr.

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Harold Dutton, Jr.
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Texas State House, District 142
In office
1985 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 30
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1945
Office website
Harold Dutton, Jr. is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. He has represented District 142 since 1985.

Dutton, an attorney, earned his JD from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and BBA from Texas Southern University.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Education, Chair
Urban Affairs


Dutton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 287 - Relating to the penalty for possession of a small amount of certain controlled substances.
  • HB 290 - Relating to the consideration of the cumulative effects of air contaminant emissions in the emissions permitting process.
  • HB 294 - Relating to a maximum class size for certain public school students who perform poorly on an assessment instrument.
  • HB 297 - Relating to the abolition of the death penalty.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dutton ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 142. Dutton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dutton won re-election in District 142. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 142
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Dutton, Jr. (D) 21,147 100%


On November 4, 2008, Dutton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 142nd District. He received 35,159 votes with no opposition.[5] He raised $67,670 for his campaign.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 142
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Dutton (D) 35,159 100.00%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Dutton raised a total of $80,205 in 2010. Below are Dutton's top 3 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[7]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Heartplace $2,500
Friends of the UH PAC $2,500


Dutton raised $67,670 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Package Stores $3,000
Time Warner $2,500
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc PAC $2,000
Texas Consumer Lenders PAC $2,000
John Rydman $2,000

Legislative sessions

82nd (2011-2012)


Representative Dutton filed a suit in federal court against the state of Texas on May 9, 2011 arguing that prisoners should be counted in their homes of residence for redistricting purposes. At the time of the lawsuit, they were counted in the locations of their incarceration. The Houston Chronicle quoted Dutton saying "some rural counties are awarded more population than they deserve using current prisoner population counting methods. Urban counties, meanwhile, should be able to report higher population counts."[9]Dutton claimed that the practice of counting prisoners in their places of incarceration violated the U.S. Constitution.


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.


Harold Dutton Jr. received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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