Jim Pitts

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Jim Pitts
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Texas State House, District 10
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2013
Years in position 21
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
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1947
Place of birthDallas, TX
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Pitts is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 10 since 1993. Prior to his election to the House, Pitts served on the Waxahachie School District Board of Trustees from 1978-1992.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair


Pitts serves on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issue positons

  • 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.[2]


Campaign website

Pitts' website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

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."



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.[4][5]

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


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.[6]

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


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.[7] Pitts raised $325,315 for his campaign.[8]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Pitts received $759,487 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Pitts's campaign in 2010
Texas Association Of Realtors$22,500
Perry, Bob J$20,000
Nau Iii, John L$12,029
Time Warner$10,500
Total Raised in 2010 $759,487


Below are Pitts' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Industries PAC $6,000
Patrick B Haggerty Campaign Account $5,000
Blackridge Consulting $5,000
Texas Aggregates & Concrete Assoc $4,500
Texas Electric Cooperatives $4,500


Below are Pitts' top 5 campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[11]

Contributor 2006 total
Perry, Bob J. $15,000
Texas Medical Association $10,767
Akin, Gump, Stauss, Hauer and Feld $10,000
Union Pacific Railroad $10,000
Nau III, John L. $9,839

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


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

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