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Lyle Larson
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Texas State House, District 122
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lyle Larson (born March 25, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 122nd District. He has served since 2011.

Biography

Education

  • Graduate, McArthur High School
  • BBA, Marketing, Texas A&M University, class of 1981

Professional Experience

Larson has owned and operated a small business for the last 24 years.

Political Career

  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 23, 2008.
  • Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 3, 1997-present.
  • San Antonio City Councilman, District 10, 1991-1995.
  • Served as chairman of the San Antonio Military transformation Task Force.
  • Served as chairman of the San Antonio-Bezar County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Served as chairman of the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
  • Served as chairman of the greater San Antonio Crime Commission.

Issues

Campaign themes

Truth in budgeting

  • Supports legislation to end diversions from the state gas tax fund and other dedicated funds.

Cut spending and balance the budget

  • Supports use of retro-budgeting – a process that rolls back state agency spending to previous budget years – to address the state’s $18 billion shortfall.

Hold foreign countries accountable for illegal immigration

  • Supports legislation to collect citizenship information before rendering state funded services to undocumented immigrants and demand reimbursement from their countries of origin.

End government waste

  • Supports consolidating Bexar County and the City of San Antonio to form a metro government.

Make government accountable

  • Supports legislation to allow Texans to elect their transportation and energy leaders.

Commissioners Court

  • "Led the effort to lower the tax rate 7 times during his 12 years in office, saving tax payers over $150 million."
  • "Led the Court to freeze property taxes for seniors and the disabled."
  • "Helped create and fund Project Push and Project Swift... to increase adoptions of young foster children and teenagers."[1]

Chairman of the San Antonio Military Transformation Task Force

  • "Protected San Antonio's military facilities during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
Local & Consent Calendars, Vice-chair
Natural Resources

2011-2012

Larson served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Larson was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Larson won election to Texas House of Representatives District 122. He defeated Danis Barnhill in the March 2 Republican primary and then defeated Democratic candidate Masarrat Ali in the November 2 general election.[2]

Texas House of Representatives, District 122
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lyle Larson (R) 56,702 77.37%
Masarrat Ali (D) 16,576 22.62%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Larson lost election to the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, to incumbent Ciro Rodriguez (D).[3]

United States House of Representatives, Texas, District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ciro Rodriguez (D) 134,090
Lyle Larson (R) 100,799
Lani Connolly (L) 5,581

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Larson raised a total of $272,411 in 2010. Below are Larson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[4]

Contributor 2010 total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $10,018
Texas Oil and Gas Association $8,000
Straus III, Joe R. $5,000
Texas House Republican Leadership Fund $5,000
Holt, Peter M. $4,800

Controversies

During his 2008 run for the United States House of Representatives, Larson put out an advertisement featuring him comparing members of Congress to pigs at a trough, in which he forgot to include a written disclaimer indicating that he approved of the advertisement.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and the advertisement was removed.

"Apparently we hit a nerve," Larson said at the time.[5]

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

2011

Lyle Larson received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Larson is single.

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