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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Ken Paxton''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 8 since 2013.  
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Ken Paxton''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
  
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==Biography==
 
Paxton is an attorney with a private practice. He has worked for Strasburger and Price, Limited Liability Partnership, and has been a Management Consultant with Arthur Andersen, and In-House Legal Counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Incorporated.
 
Paxton is an attorney with a private practice. He has worked for Strasburger and Price, Limited Liability Partnership, and has been a Management Consultant with Arthur Andersen, and In-House Legal Counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Incorporated.
  
Paxton is a member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce, Centennial Medical Center Board, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Marketplace Ministries Board of Directors, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney Rotary, and Stonebriar Community Church.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=49425 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Paxton]</ref>
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Paxton is a member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce, Centennial Medical Center Board, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Marketplace Ministries Board of Directors, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney Rotary, and Stonebriar Community Church.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=49425 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Paxton]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
Ken Paxton served on the following [[Texas House of Representatives]] committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ken Paxton served on the following [[Texas House of Representatives]] committees:
  
 
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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====2011 speaker race====
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Paxton and [[Warren Chisum]] of District 88 both challenged incumbent speaker [[Joe Straus]] for the Speaker of the [[Texas House of Representatives]] by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. Straus was elected Speaker of the [[Texas House of Representatives]] for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/texas-house-of-representatives/2011-house-speakers-race/straus-formally-voted-speaker/ ''Texas Tribune'', "Straus formally voted speaker", January 11, 2010]</ref>
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===Sponsored legislation===
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
*HB 465 - Relating to the number of charters the State Board of Education may grant for open-enrollment charter schools.
 
*HB 465 - Relating to the number of charters the State Board of Education may grant for open-enrollment charter schools.
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:: ''See also: [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Paxton won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|Texas State Senate]], District 8. Paxton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
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Paxton won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|Texas State Senate]], District 8. Paxton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
Paxton won re-election unopposed in District 70. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov02_154_state.htm?x=0&y=28884&id=477 Official Texas Election Results]</ref>{{Votepercentbox |
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Paxton won re-election unopposed in District 70. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov02_154_state.htm?x=0&y=28884&id=477 Official Texas Election Results]</ref>{{Votepercentbox |
 
   office = Texas House of Representatives, District 70 <br> 2010 General election results
 
   office = Texas House of Representatives, District 70 <br> 2010 General election results
  
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===2008===
 
===2008===
  
On November 4, 2008, Paxton won re-election to the [[Texas House of Representatives]] from Texas's 70th District, defeating Robert Virasin (L). Paxton received 73,450 votes in the election while Virasin received 11,751 votes.<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe Texas House official election results for 2008]</ref>  Paxton raised $320,266 in campaign contributions.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 District 70 Texas House candidate funds, 2008]</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Paxton won re-election to the [[Texas House of Representatives]] from Texas's 70th District, defeating Robert Virasin (L). Paxton received 73,450 votes in the election while Virasin received 11,751 votes.<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe Texas House official election results for 2008]</ref>  Paxton raised $320,266 in campaign contributions.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 District 70 Texas House candidate funds, 2008]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
Below are Paxton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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Below are Paxton's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
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==Legislative sessions==
 
===82nd (2011-2012)===
 
====2011 speaker race====
 
Paxton and [[Warren Chisum]] of District 88 both challenged incumbent speaker [[Joe Straus]] for the Speaker of the [[Texas House of Representatives]] by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. Straus was elected Speaker of the [[Texas House of Representatives]] for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/texas-house-of-representatives/2011-house-speakers-race/straus-formally-voted-speaker/ ''Texas Tribune'', "Straus formally voted speaker", January 11, 2010]</ref>
 
  
 
==Scorecards==
 
==Scorecards==
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*'''<u>''2011 Taxpayer Champion''</u>'''. Paxton 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."<ref>[http://www.empowertexans.com/2011-FRI/taxpayer_champions Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions]</ref>
 
*'''<u>''2011 Taxpayer Champion''</u>'''. Paxton 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."<ref>[http://www.empowertexans.com/2011-FRI/taxpayer_champions Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions]</ref>
  
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==External links==
 
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*[http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=70 Ken Paxton House member page]
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* [http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=70 Ken Paxton House member page]
*[http://www.kenpaxton.blogspot.com/ Ken Paxton's campaign website/blog]
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* [http://www.kenpaxton.blogspot.com/ Ken Paxton's campaign website/blog]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=49425 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=49425 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=49425 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=49425 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=146712 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81126 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=64024 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=11890 2002]
 
* Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=146712 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112063 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81126 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=64024 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=11890 2002]
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/71226/texas-(tx)-state-representative-ken-paxton-jr-%5Btx-house-of-representatives%5D Freedom Speaks profile]
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* [http://web.archive.org/web/20090923234902/http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/71226/texas-%28tx%29-state-representative-ken-paxton-jr-%5Btx-house-of-representatives%5D Freedom Speaks profile]
*[http://www.txcc.org/content/ken-paxton Texas Conservative Coalition profile]
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* [http://www.txcc.org/content/ken-paxton Texas Conservative Coalition profile]
*[http://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/?id=17246 Texas State Directory profile]
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* [http://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/?id=17246 Texas State Directory profile]
*[http://www.gregsopinion.com/pedia/index.php?title=HD70 Texas Political Almanac HD 70 profile]
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* [http://www.gregsopinion.com/pedia/index.php?title=HD70 Texas Political Almanac HD 70 profile]
*[http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ken-paxton/ ''Texas Tribune'' profile & bio]
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* [http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ken-paxton/ ''Texas Tribune'' profile & bio]
*[http://vote-tx.org/Intro.aspx?State=TX&Id=TXPaxtonKen Vote-TX.org profile]
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* [http://vote-tx.org/Intro.aspx?State=TX&Id=TXPaxtonKen Vote-TX.org profile]
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/ken-paxton-texas-208426 State Surge profile]
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* [http://www.statesurge.com/members/ken-paxton-texas-208426 State Surge profile]
*[http://www.txcc.org/content/ken-paxton Texas Conservative Coalition profile]
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* [http://www.txcc.org/content/ken-paxton Texas Conservative Coalition profile]
*[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000012978727 Ken Paxton on Facebook]
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* [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000012978727 Ken Paxton on Facebook]
*[http://twitter.com/petegallego Ken Paxton on Twitter]
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* [http://twitter.com/petegallego Ken Paxton on Twitter]
  
 
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Revision as of 23:36, 10 July 2013

Ken Paxton
Ken Paxton.jpg
Texas State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 70
2003 - 2013
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
CandidateVerification
Ken Paxton is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Paxton is an attorney with a private practice. He has worked for Strasburger and Price, Limited Liability Partnership, and has been a Management Consultant with Arthur Andersen, and In-House Legal Counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Incorporated.

Paxton is a member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce, Centennial Medical Center Board, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Marketplace Ministries Board of Directors, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney Rotary, and Stonebriar Community Church.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Government Organization
Intergovernmental Relations
Jurisprudence
Transportation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ken Paxton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

2011 speaker race

Paxton and Warren Chisum of District 88 both challenged incumbent speaker Joe Straus for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by calling his conservative principles into question and promising leadership that more closely reflected the conservative Republican majority. Straus was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for a second term at the start of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2010 in a 132-15 vote. The lead up to the speaker vote was a hot and heavily covered political issue in Texas, but finished anticlimactically. While the rhetoric remained high amongst conservative activists and a handful of representatives right until the vote, both Chisum and Paxton dropped out of the race prior to the formal vote after it was overwhelmingly apparent Straus would keep his speaker seat.[2]

  • HB 465 - Relating to the number of charters the State Board of Education may grant for open-enrollment charter schools.
  • HB 467 - Relating to authorization for a school district board of trustees to adopt term limits.
  • HB 994 - Relating to the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations from state tax revenues.
  • HB 1039 - Relating to the creation of county databases containing information on county expenditures.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Paxton won election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 8. Paxton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Paxton 62.3% 178,238
     Democratic Jack Ternan 34.6% 99,010
     Libertarian Ed Kless 3.1% 8,899
Total Votes 286,147

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Paxton won re-election unopposed in District 70. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 70
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Paxton (R) 43,006 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Paxton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 70th District, defeating Robert Virasin (L). Paxton received 73,450 votes in the election while Virasin received 11,751 votes.[6] Paxton raised $320,266 in campaign contributions.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 70
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Paxton (R) 73,450 86.20%
Robert Virasin (L) 11,751 13.79%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Paxton received $245,668 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Paxton's campaign in 2010
CLA Management Ltd$10,000
Bonnema, Arch$5,000
Lobb, Lawrence$5,000
Goodwyn, Monty$5,000
Mcbrayer, Michael$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $245,668

2008

Below are Paxton's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Bob J Perry $10,000
Mowery Capital Management LLC $10,000
Texas Assoc of Realtors $10,000
Bobby Lloyd $5,000
AT&T $5,000

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

2011

Ken Paxton received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Paxton 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."[11]

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Preceded by
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