|Texas State House, District 50|
|2005 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Strama earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University. Prior to running for office in 2004, Strama was a technology entrepreneur who founded the first company to register voters online.
Strama is a Sylvan Learning Center franchise owner. He has worked as a Consultant/Director of Business Development for Accenture eDemocracy Services (2003-2004), Senior Vice President of Public Elections for Election.com (2000-2003), and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of NewVoter.com, Incorporated (1999-2000).
Strama is a founding member of the Pflugerville Independent School District MEN in Education Program, member/Bronze-Level Sponsor of the Greater Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce, sits on the Board of Directors of KidsVoting United States of America, and member of the Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Association.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Strama served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs|
|• Ways & Means|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Strama served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Human Services|
|• Public Health, Chair|
During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Strama served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Energy Resources|
|• Technology, Economic Development & Workforce, Chair|
Representative Strama announced on January 13th 2011 that he would not participate in the 2011 redistricting cycle due to skepticism over the partisan nature of the legislature-controlled process. Community Impact Newspaper reported that "Strama said he's not going to draw any maps, he's not going to lobby his neighbors for specific borders, he's not going to participate in any redistricting committee hearings, and he said he may not even vote on the final redistricting bill in the coming months." Strama explained: "When the Legislature controls redistricting, the likeliest outcome is that there will be fewer districts that are evenly balanced with a genuine chance of being competitive in the general election. There are far more districts where the outcome of the general election is preordained by the district boundaries. It's just wrong."
- HB 104 - Relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission.
- HB 105 - Relating to limits on political contributions and expenditures in connection with certain legislative and executive offices; providing civil and criminal penalties.
- HB 516 - Relating to the establishment and funding of a green job skills training program.
- HB 1314 - Relating to the availability of certain financial information on Internet websites of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools.
Strama's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
When asked his legislative priorities he replied:
"I believe we need to overhaul our state testing system in public schools so that education does not revolve around testing; however, testing is effective at assessing student needs and adopting instruction to meet those needs.
I believe Texas needs to continue to incentivize and stimulate the renewable energy industry, and lead - not fight - the evolution from oil and gas to clean, affordable energy technologies.Finally, I will continue to advocate campaign finance reform and redistricting reform so that politicians can be held accountable by voters."
Strama ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 50. Strama ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 50 |
2010 General election results
|Mark Strama (D)||23,720||54.84%|
|Pat McGuinness (R)||18,041||41.71%|
|Emily Cowan (L)||1,486||3.43%|
On November 4, 2008, Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 50th District, defeating Jerry Mikus, Jr. (R) and Jerry Chandler (L). Strama received 45,456 votes in the election, while Mikus received 23,681 votes, and Chandler received 3,055 votes. Strama raised $200,714 for his campaign; Mikus raised $20,544.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 50|
|Mark Strama (D)||45,456||62.96%|
|Jerry Mikus, Jr. (R)||23,681||32.80%|
|Jerry Chandler (L)||3,055||4.23%|
Strama raised $365,541 for his campaign while Fleece raised $203,610 and Chandler raised $0.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 50 (2006)|
|Mark Strama (D)||23,098|
|Jeff Fleece (R)||13,681|
|Jerry Chandler (L)||1,892|
Strama raised $829,967 for his campaign while Stick raised $800,899 and Knowles raised $0.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 50 (2004)|
|Mark Strama (D)||31,401|
|Jack Stick (R)||30,832|
|Greg Knowles (L)||2,390|
Comprehensive donor information for Strama is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Strama raised a total of $1,812,629 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.
|Mark Strama's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 50||$89,276|
|2010||Texas State House, District 50||$329,887|
|2008||Texas State House, District 50||$200,714|
|2006||Texas State House, District 50||$362,785|
|2004||Texas State House, District 50||$829,967|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,812,629|
2012Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $89,276.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Strama's campaign in 2012|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$5,000|
|Time Warner Cable||$3,750|
|Austin Police Association||$3,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$89,276|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $329,887.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Strama's campaign in 2010|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$42,500|
|Butt, Charles C||$40,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$329,887|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Strama Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $.
|Texas House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Strama's campaign in 2008|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$11,000|
|Butt, Charles C||$5,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$4,500|
|Total Raised in 2008||$|
2006Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $362,785.
|Texas House of Representatives 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Strama's campaign in 2006|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$21,000|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$11,802|
|Texans for Insurance Reform||$8,000|
|Lebermann Jr, Lowell H||$5,480|
|Total Raised in 2006||$362,785|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2004Strama won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $829,967.
|Texas House of Representatives 2004 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Strama's campaign in 2004|
|Strama, Dr Tom||$50,000|
|Rodney Ellis Campaign||$30,000|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$25,000|
|Total Raised in 2004||$829,967|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Strama received a score of 11.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Mark Strama received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Mark + Strama + Texas + House"
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- Mark Strama's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Strama
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Follow The Money, Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Texas State Directory profile
- Freedom Speaks profile (Archive)
- Texas Political Almanac HD 50 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Mark Strama on Facebook
- Mark Strama on MySpace
- The Texas Tribune, "Strama Resigns to Lead Google Fiber in Austin," June 26, 2013
- The Texas Tribune, "Special Election to Replace Strama Set for Nov. 5," July 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Strama
- Community Impact News, "Rep. Mark Strama opts out of 'redistricting game'", January 13, 2010
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Strama
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Strama Issue Positions
- Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information
- Texas Secretary of State Election History
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas House official election results for 2008
- District 50 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Texas House official election results for 2006
- District 50 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
- Texas House official election results for 2004
- District 50 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
- Follow the Money, "Strama, Mark," accessed July 24, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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