|Texas State Senate, District 23|
|1993 - Present|
|January 11, 2013|
|Years in position||21|
|Per diem||$150 per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
After winning the senate seat in November 1992, West first began his senate work in the 73rd legislative session in January of 1993. West has since served the 23rd District in the 74th, 75th, 76th, 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, and 82nd legislative sessions.
Royce West serves on the following Texas Senate committees:
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chair
- Education Committee
- Finance Committee
- Health & Human Services Committee
- Higher Education Committee
- Redistricting, Select Committee
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Texas State Senate
- Education Committee, Texas State Senate
- Finance Committee, Texas State Senate
- Higher Education Committee, Texas State Senate
- Health & Human Services Committee, Texas State Senate
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
West raised $992,608 for his campaign while Renfro raised $0.
|Texas State Senate, District 23 (2008)|
|Royce West (D)||176,451||92.40%|
|Jim Renfro (L)||14,503||7.59%|
In 2008, a year in which West was up for re-election, he collected $992,608 in donations. 
His four largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Texas Democratic Party||$131,547|
|Texas Values in Action Coalition||$15,000|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$12,500|
In 2004, a year in which West was up for re-election, he collected $475,430 in donations. 
His four largest contributors in 2004 were:
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$10,000|
|Baron and Budd||$10,000|
|Texas Optometric Association||$7,000|
In 2002, a year in which West was up for re-election, he collected $391,687 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2002 were:
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$10,000|
|Dallas County Democratic Party||$8,400|
|Texas Association of Mortgage Brokers||$7,000|
|Texas Optemetric Association||$7,000|
Most recently Texas Monthly  named West one of the 25 most powerful politicians in the State of Texas. In the past, the magazine has also recognized him as one of the "Ten Best Legislators in Texas." In 2005 West was also named one of the key players of the Legislature in the Associated Press' "Movers and Shakers" list.
In April of 2006, West was sworn in by Senate colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate, a position lasting until January of 2007.
In March 2007, Unfair Park, the Dallas Oberver blog, reported West receiving nearly $2.5 million from Dallas Independent School District during a five year period. The payment amounted from legal advising the senator provided the school district.
In January 2009, Unfair Park also reported West receiving $3.8 million from DISD between October 2002 and October 2008, all of it for legal counsel.
West also was criticized following a report by the news Web site Texas Watchdog that his law firm earned nearly $1 million in 2008 from public-sector clients that could benefit from his position in the legislature.
West omitted some of those clients on the ethics forms filed annually with the state of Texas. The law requires legislators to disclose any fee they’ve received from either a lobbyist or an entity who employs a registered lobbyist in Austin. West amended his 2008 and 2009 forms following the report by Texas Watchdog.
West sponsored a plan in March 2009 that would make public contracts easier to enlarge without going before school boards. And the plan could have applied to West's legal work for the Dallas Independent School District, if his firm used a document called a change order to amend its contract, the news Web site Texas Watchdog reported. Another official told the Web site that it is rare for lawyers to use change orders to add on to their contracts. The measure failed to make it out of Senate committee.
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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Royce West received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Royce West was born on Sept. 26, 1952, in Annapolis, Maryland.
After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington  in 1976, West went on to earn a master's degree three years later from the same university. He received his law degree from the [University of Houstonin 1979. West became a senior partner at West and Associates in 1994, when it was first established.
West has seven children with his wife Carol.
- Royce West Personal Website
- Official website of Royce West
- Royce West legislative profile on Project Vote Smart
- Royce West bio on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998
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