Linda Harper-Brown

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Linda Harper-Brown
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Texas State House, District 104
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 since 2003. Prior to her election she served on the Irving City Council from 1997-2002.

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.[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

Harper-Brown served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

  • 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]

Issues

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

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

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).[7] She raised $727,394 for her campaign; Romano raised $65,331.[8]

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%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Harper-Brown raised a total of $981,585 in 2010. Below are Harper-Brown's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[9]

Contributor 2010 total
Strauss III, Joe R $225,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $108,930
Brown III, William E. $71,814
Ellis Jr., J Ralph $50,000
Perry, Bob J. $30,000

2008

In the 2008 election, Harper-Brown raised a total of $727,394.[10]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Brown III, William E $86,096
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $44,045
Stars Over Texas PAC $42,500
Perry, Bob J $40,000
Empower Texans PAC $28,428

2006

In the 2006 election, Harper-Brown raised a total of $231,399. [11]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Brown III, William $48,333
Ellis Jr, J Ralph $25,000
Leininger, James R $7,000
Hillco Partners $5,500
Stavely, Gerald & Joyce $5,000

2004

In the 2004 election, Harper-Brown raised a total of $227,990. [12]

Her six largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Brown III, William $53,273
Brown Jr, William E $16,197
All Children Matter $15,000
Witt, Ann $5,000
Beeman, Suzanne $5,000
Stavely, Gerald & Joyce $5,000

2002

In the 2002 election, Harper-Brown raised a total of $311,468. [13]

Her five largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Ellis, J Ralph $79,127
Brown III, William $71,801
Brown III, William E $17,211
Brown III, William E $10,000
Harper Brown, Linda $6,583

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

Controversy

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.[18] After the issue was raised, Harper-Brown said she would give up use of the car because of a "perception of impropriety." A Democrat support group, the Texas Values in Action Coalition, filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission,[19] saying she should have disclosed the vehicles on her personal financial statement,[20] a form that details lawmakers' finances, including income, real estate and stock holdings.[21] She said she would propose legislationto close a loophole in Texas ethics law and require disclosure of lawmakers' spouses' income, gifts and compensation. [22]

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

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."[24]

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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 GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
  5. Texas Secretary of State Election History
  6. Official Texas Election Results
  7. Texas House official election results for 2008
  8. District 105 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  9. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  10. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
  12. Follow the Money - 2004 Campaign contributions
  13. Follow the Money - 2002 Campaign contributions
  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. "Questions raised about Rep. Linda Harper-Brown's use of a Mercedes," Dallas Morning News, June 18, 2010
  19. "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
  20. Linda Harper Brown TEC complaint
  21. "Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said she's given up company's Mercedes, Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2010
  22. "Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said she's given up company's Mercedes, Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2010
  23. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
  24. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
Political offices
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