Mark Strama

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Mark Strama
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Texas State House, District 50
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrown University
Personal
ProfessionTechnology entrepreneur
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark Strama is a former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 50. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004, and resigned from the chamber June 26, 2013 to take a job with Google.[1] Governor Rick Perry (R) selected November 5, 2013 as the date for the special election to fill the remainder of Strama's term.[2]

Biography

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.[3]

Strama left the Texas House of Representatives to work for Google and aid the setup of Google Fiber in the city of Austin.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Redistricting

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."[4] 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."[4]

  • 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.[5]

Campaign themes

2008

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."[6]


Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[7][8]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Strama won re-election in District 50. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Pat McGuinness and Libertarian Emily Cowan in the November 2 general election.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Strama (D) 23,720 54.84%
Pat McGuinness (R) 18,041 41.71%
Emily Cowan (L) 1,486 3.43%

2008

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.[10] Strama raised $200,714 for his campaign; Mikus raised $20,544.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Strama (D) 45,456 62.96%
Jerry Mikus, Jr. (R) 23,681 32.80%
Jerry Chandler (L) 3,055 4.23%

2006

On November 4, 2006 Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 50th District, defeating Jeff Fleece (R) and Jerry Chandler (L).[12]

Strama raised $365,541 for his campaign while Fleece raised $203,610 and Chandler raised $0.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Strama (D) 23,098
Jeff Fleece (R) 13,681
Jerry Chandler (L) 1,892

2004

On November 4, 2004 Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 50th District, defeating incumbent Jack Stick (R) and Greg Knowles (L).[14]

Strama raised $829,967 for his campaign while Stick raised $800,899 and Knowles raised $0.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Strama (D) 31,401
Jack Stick (R) 30,832
Greg Knowles (L) 2,390

Campaign donors

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.[16]

Mark Strama's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 50 Won $89,276
2010 Texas State House, District 50 Won $329,887
2008 Texas State House, District 50 Won $200,714
2006 Texas State House, District 50 Won $362,785
2004 Texas State House, District 50 Won $829,967
Grand Total Raised $1,812,629

2012

Strama 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
Butt, Charles$5,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$5,000
Time Warner Cable$3,750
Austin Police Association$3,500
USAA$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$89,276
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $329,887.

2008

Strama Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $.

2006

Strama won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $362,785.

2004

Strama won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Strama raised a total of $829,967.

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

2013

Strama received a score of 11.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Mark Strama received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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