Linda Harper-Brown

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Linda Harper-Brown
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Texas State House, District 105
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Linda Harper-Brown is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 105. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Harper-Brown is a member of the National League of Cities - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, and President Ronald Reagan's White House Conference for a Drug Free America.

Prior to her election to the House, Harper-Brown served on the Irving City Council from 1997-2002.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper-Brown served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harper-Brown served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harper-Brown served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 379 - Relating to requiring the use of an ignition interlock device on conviction of certain intoxication offenses.
  • HB 3389 - Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education; providing civil and administrative penalties.
  • HB 3395 - Relating to the establishment of the Transportation Legislative Oversight Committee.
  • HB 3396 - Relating to requiring a state agency that is undergoing review by the Sunset Advisory Commission to undergo a financial audit and submit a zero-based budget in connection with the review.[2]

Campaign themes

2008

Harper-Brown's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are provided. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she answered "Better schools, Fighting violent crime, Keeping taxes low, Securing the border, Reducing government waste, Improving transportation to reduce traffic."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Rodney Anderson defeated incumbent Linda Harper-Brown in the Republican primary. Terry Meza and Susan Motley advanced to a primary runoff, defeating Bernice Montgomery in the Democratic primary. Motley defeated Meza in the May 27 Democratic runoff. Motley, Anderson and W. Carl Spiller (L) will face off in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harper-Brown won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 105. Harper-Brown ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Harper-Brown Incumbent 50.1% 21,705
     Democratic Rosemary Robbins 48.3% 20,923
     Green Saul Arechar 1.7% 725
Total Votes 43,353

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harper-Brown won re-election in District 105. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Loretta Haldlenwang and Libertarian Cecil Ince in the November 2 general election.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 11,286 51.71%
Loretta Haldenwang (D) 9,799 44.89%
Cecil Ince (L) 740 3.39%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 105th District, receiving 19,857 votes ahead of Democrat Bob Romano (19,838) and Libertarian James Baird (1,061).[10] She raised $727,394 for her campaign; Romano raised $65,331.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 19,857 48.72%
Bob Romano (D) 19,838 48.67%
James G. Baird (L) 1,061 2.60%

2006

On November 4, 2006 Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Bob Romano (D) and John Turner (L).[12]

Harper-Brown raised $231,399 for her campaign while Romano raised $8,480 and Turner raised $0.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 20,747
Bob Romano (D) 8,865
John Turner (L) 822

2004

On November 4, 2004 Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Mike Moore (D).[14]

Harper-Brown raised $227,990 for his campaign while Moore raised $6,851.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 21,599
Mike Moore (D) 14,884

2002

On November 4, 2002 Harper-Brown won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Robert Mohler (L), Sheril Blackmon (G) and Bob Romano (I).[16]

Harper-Brown raised $311,468 for his campaign while Romano raised $8,845 and Mohler and Blackmon raised $0.[17]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 13,461
Robert Mohler (L) 1,249
Sheril Blackmon (G) 1,249
Bob Romano (I) 1,249

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harper-Brown is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper-Brown raised a total of $2,940,654 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[18]

Linda Harper-Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 105 Won $460,818
2010 Texas State House, District 105 Won $981,585
2008 Texas State House, District 105 Won $727,394
2006 Texas State House, District 105 Won $231,399
2004 Texas State House, District 105 Won $227,990
2002 Texas State House, District 105 Won $311,468
Grand Total Raised $2,940,654

2012

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $460,818.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Harper-Brown's campaign in 2012
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$35,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$27,000
Ellis, Ralph$20,000
TRRCC - Texas Republican Rep Conservative Caucus$13,328
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Com PAC$13,000
Total Raised in 2012$460,818
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $981,585.

2008

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $727,394.

2006

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $231,399.

2004

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $227,990.

2002

Harper-Brown won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $311,468.

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."[19] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Harper-Brown received a score of 64.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A that Harper-Brown received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Linda Harper-Brown received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Harper-Brown 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."[20]

Controversies

Automobile use gift

Harper-Brown came under public criticism in 2010 after the Dallas Morning News reported that she was using a Mercedes owned by a company, Durable Enterprises Equipment Ltd., that had had multimillion-dollar state contracts. Durable reportedly had provided use of the Mercedes and a Chevrolet Tahoe to Harper-Brown's husband as compensation for his work as an accountant.[21] After the issue was raised, Harper-Brown said she would give up use of the car because of a "perception of impropriety." A Democratic support group, the Texas Values in Action Coalition, filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission,[22] saying she should have disclosed the vehicles on her personal financial statement,[23] a form that details lawmakers' finances, including income, real estate and stock holdings.[24] She said she would propose legislation to close a loophole in Texas ethics law and require disclosure of lawmakers' spouses' income, gifts and compensation.[25]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Harper-Brown
  2. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Harper-Brown
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Harper-Brown Issue Positions
  4. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed July 30, 2014
  5. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  6. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  7. Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
  8. Texas Secretary of State Election History
  9. Official Texas Election Results
  10. Texas House official election results for 2008
  11. District 105 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  12. Texas House official election results for 2006
  13. District 105 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
  14. Texas House official election results for 2004
  15. District 105 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
  16. Texas House official election results for 2002
  17. District 105 Texas House candidate funds, 2002
  18. Follow the Money, "Harper-Brown, Linda L," accessed August 15, 2013
  19. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
  20. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
  21. "Questions raised about Rep. Linda Harper-Brown's use of a Mercedes," Dallas Morning News, June 18, 2010
  22. "Democrat support group files ethics complaint against Irving GOP senator in hotly contested race; see Texas Watchdog's look at the legislature's spousal loophole," Texas Watchdog, July 8, 2010
  23. Linda Harper Brown TEC complaint
  24. "Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said she's given up company's Mercedes, Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2010
  25. "Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said she's given up company's Mercedes, Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2010
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