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Kevin Eltife
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Texas State Senate, District 1
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 11
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth3/1/1959
Office website
Kevin Eltife is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing the First Senate District since 2004. He is a former Council Member and Mayor of the City of Tyler, Texas.

Eltife's professional experience includes working as a businessman. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.[1]

Eltife was appointed by Gov. George Bush in 1997 to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and has been recognized for his legislative efforts by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce one of the group’s “Five Outstanding Young Texans” in 1998.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration, Chair
Business & Commerce
Economic Development
Natural Resources


Eltife served on the following Texas Senate committees:




2009-2010 (81st Legislature)

Eltife authored the following 30 pieces of legislation during the 81st Legislature:[2]


Sen Eltife does not list his issue positions on his website. His views on two issues are provided in press releases:

  • Supports low electric rates[3]
  • Opposes a mandatory HPV vaccine[4]

Senator Eltife addresses the Senate regarding the Texas Department of Transportation



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Eltife ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 1. Eltife ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Stephen H. Russell (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Eltife Incumbent 71.4% 210,091
     Democratic Stephen Russell 28.6% 84,262
Total Votes 294,353


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Eltife won re-election to the 1st District Seat in 2010. He was unopposed. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 1
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Eltife (R) 140,273 100%


On Nov. 7, 2006, Eltife won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Jason Albers (L).[7]

Eltife raised $555,731 while Albers raised $0.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 1 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Eltife (R) 109,450 83.13%
Jason Albers (L) 22,211 16.86%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Eltife received $514,076 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

His largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Realtors $20,000
Energy Future Holdings Group $13,500
Baytown Bonds $11,500
4 different donors gave equal amounts of: $10,000


In 2006, a year in which Eltife was up for re-election, he collected $555,731 in donations. [9]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Realtors $15,000
James Perkins $10,000
BG Distribution Partners $10,000
Lonnie Pilgrim & Patti $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."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Kevin Eltife received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Eltife was born on March 1, 1959. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children: Walter and Jack.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Ratliff
Texas Senate District 1
Succeeded by