Kel Seliger

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Kel Seliger
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Texas State Senate, District 31
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Kel Seliger has been a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 31 since 2004. He was sworn in on a special election in March 2004.[1]

Seliger graduated from Borger Public schools and later attended and graduated from Dartmouth College.

In addition to being a senator, he is the co-owner and executive vice-president of Lake Steel, Incorporated. He is also a flight instructor and has a commercial pilot’s license. Prior to his election in the state senate, Seliger was the mayor of Amarillo and held that title for four terms.[2]

District 31

Kel Seliger represents District 31, which includes the county of Andrews, Texas.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education, Chair
Natural Resources


Seliger served on the following Texas Senate committees:




See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Seliger ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 31. Seliger defeated Randy Rives in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Texas State Senate District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKel Seliger Incumbent 75.9% 49,966
Randy Rives 24.1% 15,874
Total Votes 65,840


On Nov. 4, 2008, Seliger won re-election to the 31st District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Lauren Poindexter.[7]

Seliger raised $545,515 for his campaign while Poindexter raised $0.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 31 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kel Seliger (R) 180,267 90.20%
Lauren Poindexter (L) 19,569 9.79%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, a year in which Seliger was up for re-election, he collected $545,515 in donations. [9]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Realtors $12,500
Texans for Economic Development $10,000
Charles Butt $10,000
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas $6,000


In 2004, a year in which Seliger was up for re-election, he collected $1,350,450 in donations. [10]

His four largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Seliger, Kel and Nancy $325,000
Texas Medical Association $52,524
Morgan, Jon M. $50,000
Texas Association of Realtors $40,000


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


Kel Seliger received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Seliger was born on June 16, 1953 in Amarillo, Tx. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children: Jonathan and Matthew.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Teel Bivins
Texas Senate District 31
Succeeded by