Joan Huffman

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Joan Huffman
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Texas State Senate, District 17
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
J.D.South Texas School of Law
Office website
Joan Huffman is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 17. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Huffman graduated with a B.A. from Louisiana State University and later graduated with a J.D. from the South Texas School of Law.

In addition to being a senator, Huffman is an attorney and has served as lead prosecutor in over 100 jury trials. Those trials include murders, sexual assaults and aggravated robberies.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Human Services
State Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Huffman served on the following Texas Senate committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Huffman served on the following Texas Senate committees:



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Huffman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 17. Huffman ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Texas State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Huffman Incumbent 77.7% 185,429
     Libertarian Austin Page 13.4% 32,026
     Green David Courtney 8.9% 21,252
Total Votes 238,707


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Huffman won re-election to the 17th District Seat in 2010, defeating Libertarian candidate Phil Kurtz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 17
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Huffman (R) 112,595 83.15%
Phil Kurtz (L) 22,802 16.84%


On Dec. 16, 2008, Huffman won a special election runoff for the 17th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Chris Bell.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Huffman (R) 24,497 56.09%
Chris Bell 19,176 43.90%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Huffman raised a total of $538,164 in 2010. Below are Huffman's top campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[5]

Contributor 2010 total
Perry, Bob J. $37,500
Perry, Doylene $17,500
Time Warner $12,500
Texas Medical Association $10,048
5 separate donors each contributing: $10,000


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


Joan Huffman received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Huffman 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."[7]

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Kyle Janek
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