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Jason Isaac
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Texas State House, District 45
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sStephen F. Austin State University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jason Isaac is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 45th District since 2011.

Biography

Education

  • Major in business, Stephen F. Austin State University, class of 1996.
  • Founded the SFA lacrosse team
  • Co-founder and first director of the Association of Sports Clubs at SFA.
  • Charter member and president of his fraternity.[1]

Professional experience

  • Isaac is a transportation consultant focusing on safety, compliance and operational efficiency improvements within the trucking industry.
  • Isaac owns and operated a small sports management business.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic & Small Business Development
Environmental Regulation
Rules & Resolutions, Vice-chair

2011-2012

Isaac served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Conservative

  • Supports less government and lower taxes
  • Supports the "fiscal responsibility and accountability" necessary to achieve this "difficult combination"

Education

  • Supports legislative action to enforce schools lagging behind Gov. Perry's order that schools spend 65% of their tax budgets directly in the classroom.

Taxes

  • Supports reducing the appraisal cap on property taxes from 10% to 3%.
  • Signer of Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, holding him to, "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

Border security and immigration

  • Supports tough Texan enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Believes the federal government is "unwilling to commit the resources necessary to seal the border so it becomes incumbent upon Texans to do so."
  • Supports identification requirements at the voting booth.

Spending

  • Believes "the hallmark of being a Republican is being a fiscal conservative."[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Isaac won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 45. Isaac was unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Isaac Incumbent 53.6% 33,604
     Democratic John Adams 42.4% 26,557
     Libertarian Jim Duke 4% 2,495
Total Votes 62,656

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Isaac ran for election to Texas House of Representatives District 45. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced incumbent Democratic candidate Patrick Rose in the November 2 general election.

Texas House of Representatives, District 45
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Jason Isaac (R) 27,715 53.91%
Patrick Rose (D) 23,691 46.08%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Isaac raised a total of $871,185 in 2010. Below are Isaac's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[4]

Contributor 2010 total
Seale III, Robert H $350,679
Seale, Robert $107,361
Texas Republican Party $72,546
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $25,000
Texas Home School Coalition $21,032

Controversies

In mid-September, 2010, Isaac was the target of a television attack ad by incumbent Democratic candidate Patrick Rose. He disputes the truth of the advertisement and has provided the full quotes his remarks are cut from on his website.

The ad says, "Jason Isaac supports high sales taxes. This tax plan he's peddling means Texans will pay the highest sales taxes in America. Up to 14.5%."

The full quote, in context, repudiates this claim. Isaac's website provides the full quote from his interview on the Texas Sons of Liberty Riders Radio Show on 8/17/2010: “If you just eliminated property taxes and if you wanted to make it a pure consumption-based tax, you increased the sales tax to 14.5% and you’ve got a wash. It balances out. You could eliminate all your property taxes, but everything you buy, you pay 14.5% tax on. My thought process is if you get above 9.5% and you’re going to start driving people to the black market, out of state, they’re going to order everything off Amazon.com and I think you wind up losing state revenue.”

Isaac also objects to the cutting and pasting that creates the quote, "”You increase the sales tax to 14.5% and you’ve got a wash…I like the consumption based model.”

The full quote, from the same radio show, was, “But I like the consumption-based model…I like that possibility – and it would have to be a constitutional amendment that the voters across the state would have to approve, but step #1 let’s reduce the cap from 10%-3%…”[1]

Scorecards

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

2011

Jason Isaac received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Isaac 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."[6]

Personal

Community service and involvement

  • Board member, Helping Hands, Dripping Springs.
  • Volunteers at a nursing home.
  • Member, Texas Motor Transportation Association.
  • 10 years of volunteering as a youth sports coach.
  • Volunteered at East Texas Women's Shelter and the East Texas Boy's Ranch.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Rose (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 45
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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