Shirley McKellar

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Shirley McKellar
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 1
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas Women's University
Master'sUniversity of Texas
Ph.D.Columbus College of Public Health & Administration
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
ProfessionCEO, McKellar-McKellar-Ntaka and Associates, Inc.
Campaign website
Shirley McKellar was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Texas. She previously ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2012.


McKellar earned her undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Chemistry from Texas Women's University. She then received a Master's Degree from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Nursing Management from the Columbus College of Public Health & Administration. McKellar has worked in a variety of positions, including education, nursing and the military. She spent 16 years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She is currently the founder and CEO of McKellar-McKellar-Ntaka and Associates, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.[1]


Campaign themes


McKellar's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Compassionate Conservatism
Excerpt: "I strongly believe in core Texas values - encouraging personal responsibility, compassion for others, and supporting family values. Strong families are the foundation for a prosperous and civilized community."
  • Education
Excerpt: "A good education system helps strengthen our society by teaching and instructing young adults, giving them a strong foundation that will help them learn and succeed as citizens and individuals."
  • Healthcare & Retirement
Excerpt: "We have the greatest health care system in the world. However, we must reform our health care system to make it more affordable and provide individuals access to quality medical services, regardless of race, age or medical condition. And our Senior Citizens must have a great Quality of Life (QoL) in their retirement years. "
  • Homeland Security
Excerpt: "Defending against threats to America’s security will always be one of my highest priorities in the U.S. Congress. I’m committed to ensuring that our first responders and disaster teams have the training and equipment needed to provide assistance to its residents. "
  • Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "The role of the government is not to create wealth, but to foster an environment where America’s entrepreneurial spirit can thrive and achieve great things. Texas and America is not broke therefore, we must get our teachers back to work. Our government is run on taxes imposed by the federal and all state governments."
  • National Defense & The U.S. Military
Excerpt: "We must always remember that our government's primary responsibility is to protect and defend the American people and advance the interests of the United States. Veterans & Military Personnel As a disabled American veteran, I am personally dedicated to looking out for the interests of all military personnel, active and retired, who call Texas home."



See also: Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

McKellar ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 1st District. McKellar won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. She will face incumbent Louie Gohmert (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


See also: Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

McKellar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 1st District. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. She was defeated by incumbent Louie Gohmert (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

U.S. House, Texas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLouie Gohmert Incumbent 71.4% 178,322
     Democratic Shirley J. McKellar 26.9% 67,222
     Libertarian Clark Patterson 1.6% 4,114
Total Votes 249,658
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McKellar's reports.


Breakdown of the source of McKellar's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McKellar did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McKellar's campaign committee raised a total of $52,937 and spent $52,774.[13]

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