Ken Paxton

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Ken Paxton
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Texas State Senate District 8
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 70
2003 - 2013
Ken Paxton is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 8 since 2013.

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


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

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


Ken Paxton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • 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.[2]



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.[3]

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


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.[4]

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


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.[5] Paxton raised $320,266 in campaign contributions.[6]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Paxton received $245,668 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]


Below are Paxton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

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

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.[9]


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.


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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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 70
Succeeded by
Scott Sanford (R)
Preceded by
Florence Shapiro (R)
Texas State Senate District 8
Succeeded by