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===Wallace Hall impeachment===
 
===Wallace Hall impeachment===
 
::''See also: [[Wallace Hall impeachment trial]]''
 
::''See also: [[Wallace Hall impeachment trial]]''
Pitts has pushed for the impeachment of [[University of Texas System Board of Regents|University of Texas Regent]] [[Wallace Hall]]. After he was appointed in 2011, Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.<ref>[http://spectator.org/archives/2013/10/25/transparency-for-thee ''American Spectator'' "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013]</ref> Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.<ref>[http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/09/28/regent-wallace-hall-sen-kirk-watson-debate-regents-role-impeachment ''Daily Texas Online'' "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson,"]</ref> Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. Hall has been accused of overstepping his authority in making demands on the University of Texas, Austin staff. Specifically, the allegations surround possible mishandling of private student information and providing inadequate information on his application to be a regent.<ref>[http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/10/24/former-ut-system-vice-chancellor-alleges-regent-wallace-hall%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98clear-intent-to-get ''Daily Texas Online'' "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131022-ut-regent-sought-800000-documents-official-says-in-impeachment-hearing.ece ''Dallas Morning News'' "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/22/pitts-enough-evidence-impeach-ut-regent-hall/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Pitts: Enough Evidence to Impeach UT Regent Hall," October 22, 2013]</ref>
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Pitts has pushed for the impeachment of [[University of Texas System Board of Regents|University of Texas Regent]] [[Wallace Hall]]. After he was appointed in 2011, Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.<ref>[http://spectator.org/archives/2013/10/25/transparency-for-thee ''American Spectator'' "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013]</ref> Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.<ref>[http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/09/28/regent-wallace-hall-sen-kirk-watson-debate-regents-role-impeachment ''Daily Texas Online'' "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson,"]</ref> Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. Hall has been accused of overstepping his authority in making demands on the University of Texas, Austin staff. Specifically, the allegations surround possible mishandling of private student information and providing inadequate information on his application to be a regent. Hall claims to have proof that two legislators sought to influence top officials in the university system regarding admissions.<ref>[http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/10/24/former-ut-system-vice-chancellor-alleges-regent-wallace-hall%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98clear-intent-to-get ''Daily Texas Online'' "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131022-ut-regent-sought-800000-documents-official-says-in-impeachment-hearing.ece ''Dallas Morning News'' "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/22/pitts-enough-evidence-impeach-ut-regent-hall/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Pitts: Enough Evidence to Impeach UT Regent Hall," October 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
On June 24, 2013, Pitts filed a [http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&Bill=HR230 resolution] to advance along impeachment proceedings of Hall.<ref>[http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2013/06/pitts-files-resolution-to-impeach-ut-regent-wallace-hall/ ''Alcalde'' "Pitts Files Resolution to Impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall," June 24, 2013]</ref> However, [[State Speaker of the House|House Speaker]] [[Joe Straus]] issued a proclamation that expanded the [[Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select), Texas House of Representatives|Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee's]] jurisdiction to allow it to propose articles of impeachment against executive appointees.
 
On June 24, 2013, Pitts filed a [http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&Bill=HR230 resolution] to advance along impeachment proceedings of Hall.<ref>[http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2013/06/pitts-files-resolution-to-impeach-ut-regent-wallace-hall/ ''Alcalde'' "Pitts Files Resolution to Impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall," June 24, 2013]</ref> However, [[State Speaker of the House|House Speaker]] [[Joe Straus]] issued a proclamation that expanded the [[Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select), Texas House of Representatives|Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee's]] jurisdiction to allow it to propose articles of impeachment against executive appointees.
  
Pitts acknowledged that he routinely writes letters to Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas, on behalf of select student applications. Specifically, he wrote a letter on behalf of his son after the University of Texas law school had initially rejected his admittance. "The letter I wrote for my son was pretty much a form letter," Pitts said in an October meeting of the [[Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select), Texas House of Representatives|Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee]]. These letters were sent to both the law school dean and the university president.<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362003/ongoing-texas-travesty-kevin-d-williamson ''National Review'' "The Ongoing Texas Travesty," October 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://watchdog.org/112204/lawmaker-admits-pulling-strings-on-ut-admissions/ ''Watchdog'' "Lawmaker admits pulling strings on UT admissions," October 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/356432/curious-and-curiouser-case-wallace-hall-kevin-williamson ''National Review'' "The Curious and Curiouser Case of Wallace Hall," August 21, 2013]</ref>  
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Pitts acknowledged that he routinely writes letters to Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas, on behalf of select student applications. Specifically, he wrote a letter on behalf of his son after the University of Texas law school had initially rejected his admittance. "The letter I wrote for my son was pretty much a form letter," Pitts said in an October meeting of the [[Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select), Texas House of Representatives|Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee]]. These letters were sent to both the law school dean and the university president.<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362003/ongoing-texas-travesty-kevin-d-williamson ''National Review'' "The Ongoing Texas Travesty," October 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://watchdog.org/112204/lawmaker-admits-pulling-strings-on-ut-admissions/ ''Watchdog'' "Lawmaker admits pulling strings on UT admissions," October 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/356432/curious-and-curiouser-case-wallace-hall-kevin-williamson ''National Review'' "The Curious and Curiouser Case of Wallace Hall," August 21, 2013]</ref> In an interview with the ''National Journal'', Pitts did not deny that he sought to influence the admission process at the University of Texas law school to get his son admitted to the school. Speaking about [[Wallace Hall|Hall]], Pitts said that, "Any parent whose child has ever sought admission at the University of Texas should be deeply concerned that Mr. Hall’s allies would share children’s confidential admissions information with the news media in order to fulfill their insatiable appetite for harassing UT students and employees."<ref>[http://watchdog.org/102582/texas-rep-pitts-announces-retirement-after-improper-influence-story/ ''Watchdog.org'', "Texas’ Rep. Pitts announces retirement after improper influence story," August 22, 2013]</ref>
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
*HB 226 - Relating to prohibiting employers from requiring employees to make certain charitable contributions.
 
*HB 226 - Relating to prohibiting employers from requiring employees to make certain charitable contributions.
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====2011====
 
====2011====
 
'''Jim Pitts''' received a grade of '''D''' on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
 
'''Jim Pitts''' received a grade of '''D''' on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
 
==Controversies==
 
===Son's admittance to law school===
 
The group ''Watchdog.org'' noted shortly after Pitts' retirement announcement that shortly before he announced his intention to retire, he gave an interview to the National Journal. In that interview, Pitts did not deny that he sought to influence the admission process at the University of Texas law school to get his son admitted to the school. Speaking about Wallace Hall, a regent of the University of Texas system who claims to have proof that two legislators have sought to influence top officials in the university system regarding admissions, Pitts said that, " Any parent whose child has ever sought admission at the University of Texas should be deeply concerned that Mr. Hall’s allies would share children’s confidential admissions information with the news media in order to fulfill their insatiable appetite for harassing UT students and employees."<ref>[http://watchdog.org/102582/texas-rep-pitts-announces-retirement-after-improper-influence-story/ ''Watchdog.org'', "Texas’ Rep. Pitts announces retirement after improper influence story," August 22, 2013]</ref>
 
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==

Revision as of 14:41, 4 November 2013

Jim Pitts
Jim Pitts.jpg
Texas State House, District 10
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2013
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1947
Place of birthDallas, TX
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Pitts is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

On August 22, 2013, Pitts announced that he would not run for re-election and retire from the House after serving 10 terms.[1]

Biography

Pitts is the Director of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie, Owner of Ellis County Abstract and Title Company, Director of Sims Library, and is an Attorney.

He is on the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Children's Services, Community Advisory Council - Scottish Rite Learning Center, Sims Library, and Board of Directors of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to his election to the House, Pitts served on the Waxahachie School District Board of Trustees from 1978-1992.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

Wallace Hall impeachment

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

Pitts has pushed for the impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. After he was appointed in 2011, Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[3] Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.[4] Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. Hall has been accused of overstepping his authority in making demands on the University of Texas, Austin staff. Specifically, the allegations surround possible mishandling of private student information and providing inadequate information on his application to be a regent. Hall claims to have proof that two legislators sought to influence top officials in the university system regarding admissions.[5][6][7]

On June 24, 2013, Pitts filed a resolution to advance along impeachment proceedings of Hall.[8] However, House Speaker Joe Straus issued a proclamation that expanded the Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee's jurisdiction to allow it to propose articles of impeachment against executive appointees.

Pitts acknowledged that he routinely writes letters to Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas, on behalf of select student applications. Specifically, he wrote a letter on behalf of his son after the University of Texas law school had initially rejected his admittance. "The letter I wrote for my son was pretty much a form letter," Pitts said in an October meeting of the Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee. These letters were sent to both the law school dean and the university president.[9][10][11] In an interview with the National Journal, Pitts did not deny that he sought to influence the admission process at the University of Texas law school to get his son admitted to the school. Speaking about Hall, Pitts said that, "Any parent whose child has ever sought admission at the University of Texas should be deeply concerned that Mr. Hall’s allies would share children’s confidential admissions information with the news media in order to fulfill their insatiable appetite for harassing UT students and employees."[12]

  • HB 226 - Relating to prohibiting employers from requiring employees to make certain charitable contributions.
  • HB 1482 - Relating to the creation of the offense of assault with bodily fluids, the prosecution and punishment of that offense, and the consequences of a conviction for that offense.
  • HB 1483 - Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.
  • HB 4584 - Relating to improving efficiency in state government and reducing state government spending.[13]

Campaign themes

2012

Pitts' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[14]

Protect the Right to Bear Arms

  • Excerpt:"Jim Pitts is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Jim believes that it is a Constitutional right to be able to own and carry firearms, and will fight to protect this country’s heritage and God-given right to bear arms."

Defend Private Property Rights

  • Excerpt:"Jim Pitts has voted to protect citizens from eminent domain abuse. Jim was a strong supporter of the eminent domain bill that passed during the 82nd Legislative Session and understands the value of private property rights."

Stop Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt:"In his role as Chairman of the Committee charged with balancing the state’s budget, Jim has seen firsthand the escalating costs of illegal immigration. To fix it, Jim supports greater penalties for companies that knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Jim amended a key piece of legislation this past session to ensure that only Texas citizens are able to obtain and renew drivers’ licenses."

Create Jobs

  • Excerpt:"Since we elected Jim Pitts, Texas has been called the “job creation capital of the nation.” In fact, Texas has created more jobs over the past ten years than all other states combined. Jim will continue the fight to reduce regulations and cut taxes that prevent employers from keeping Texans on the job."

Protect Life

  • Excerpt:"Jim Pitts is 100% pro-life. He was endorsed by Texas Right to life and has a very strong record on Pro-Life votes from the 82nd Legislative Session and before."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pitts ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 10. Pitts defeated Linda Bounds, T.J. Fabby, and Matthew Melton in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[15][16]

Texas House of Representatives District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Pitts Incumbent 57.6% 8,392
T.J. Fabby 27% 3,931
Linda Bounds 12.4% 1,801
Matthew Melton 3.1% 457
Total Votes 14,581

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pitts won re-election unopposed to the 10th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary, and he had no opposition in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[17]

Texas House of Representatives, District 10
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Pitts (R) 31,797 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 10th District, defeating Phil Smart (L). Pitts received 49,401 votes in the election while Smart received 8,366 votes.[18] Pitts raised $325,315 for his campaign.[19]

Texas House of Representatives, District 10
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Pitts (R) 49,401 85.51%
Phil Smart (L) 8,366 14.48%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pitts is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Pitts raised a total of $3,507,490 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[20]

Jim Pitts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 10 Won $797,112
2010 Texas State House, District 10 Won $759,487
2008 Texas State House, District 10 Won $325,315
2006 Texas State House, District 10 Won $824,686
2004 Texas State House, District 10 Won $387,182
2002 Texas State House, District 10 Won $169,224
2000 Texas State House, District 10 Won $137,596
1998 Texas State House, District 10 Won $106,888
Grand Total Raised $3,507,490

2012

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $797,112.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Pitts's campaign in 2012
Border Health$15,000
AT&T$13,000
Texas Association For Home Care$12,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$12,500
Texas Dental Association$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$797,112
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $759,487.

2008

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $325,315.

2006

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $824,686.

2004

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $387,182.

2002

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $169,224.

2000

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $137,596.

1998

Pitts won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $106,888.

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."[21] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Pitts received a score of 29.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D that Pitts received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jim Pitts received a grade of D on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Recent news

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References

  1. The Dallas Morning News, "Rep. Jim Pitts, head of powerful House budget-writing committee, to retire from Texas Legislature," August 22, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pitts
  3. American Spectator "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  4. Daily Texas Online "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson,"
  5. Daily Texas Online "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  6. Dallas Morning News "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  7. Texas Tribune "Pitts: Enough Evidence to Impeach UT Regent Hall," October 22, 2013
  8. Alcalde "Pitts Files Resolution to Impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall," June 24, 2013
  9. National Review "The Ongoing Texas Travesty," October 23, 2013
  10. Watchdog "Lawmaker admits pulling strings on UT admissions," October 23, 2013
  11. National Review "The Curious and Curiouser Case of Wallace Hall," August 21, 2013
  12. Watchdog.org, "Texas’ Rep. Pitts announces retirement after improper influence story," August 22, 2013
  13. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Pitts
  14. jimpitts.net - Issues
  15. Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
  16. Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
  17. Official Texas Election Results
  18. Texas House official election results for 2008
  19. District 10 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  20. Follow the Money, "Pitts, Jim," accessed July 19, 2013
  21. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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