Jim Jackson

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Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson.jpg
Texas State House, District 115
Former Officeholder
In office
2005 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Jim Jackson is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 115 from 2005 to 2013. Prior to his election to the House, he served on the Dallas County Commission from 1974-2004.

Jackson earned his BA from the University of North Texas, Denton. He is a member of the First Baptist Church Carrollton, and the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.[1]

Jackson announced on July 13, 2011 that he would be retiring after his term ends in 2013. Reflecting on is long career of public service Jackson stated “I’ve been in elected office for 38 years—the majority of my life...The biggest thing I leave is a legacy of good, honest government.”[2]

Committee assignments


Jim Jackson served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

  • HB 208 - Relating to the cancellation of the voter registration and to the eligibility to vote of persons who are deceased or not citizens of the United States.
  • HB 658 - Relating to requiring governmental entities to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program.
  • HB 1033 - Relating to designating English as the official language of this state.
  • HB 1035 - Relating to the requirement that an application or examination for a state-issued license be in English.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Jackson won re-election in District 115. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and then defeated Libertarian David Bell in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 115
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Jackson (R) 22,946 83.09%
David Bell (L) 4,669 16.90%


On November 4, 2008, Jackson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 115th District, receiving 35,635 votes ahead of Libertarian Preston Poulter (8,262).[5] He raised $103,239 for his campaign.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 115
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Jackson (R) 35,635 81.17%
Preston Poulter (L) 8,262 18.82%

Campaign donors


Jackson raised a total of $98,443 in 2010. Below are Jackson's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[7]

Contributor 2010 total
Koch Industries $4,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $3,500
Simmons, Harold C. $2,500
Heartplace $2,500
Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson $2,000
Texas Construction Association $2,000


Jackson raised $103,239 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Heartplace Medical Center $4,000
Texas Optometric Assoc $3,000
Texas Dental Assoc $2,500
Harold C Simmons $2,000
Apartment Assoc of Greater Dallas $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."[9] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Jim Jackson received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 115
Succeeded by
Bennett Ratliff (R)