Tim Kleinschmidt

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Tim Kleinschmidt
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Texas State House, District 17
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLexington High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
J.D.Baylor University
Office website
Campaign website
Tim Kleinschmidt (born November 15, 1956 in Giddings, Texas) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the state's seventeenth house district, which encompasses the largely rural counties of Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and a part of Brazos. He was first elected to the position in 2008.


Professional experience

A longtime city attorney for the cities of Giddings and Lexington, Kleinschmidt has practiced law for 27 years in Central Texas. He belongs to the Lee County Farmers Co-op. He is also a member and president of the Lee County Bar Association, and belongs to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas Wildlife Association and numerous other organizations


  • Graduated from Lexington High School (1975)
  • Bachelor's degree, Texas A&M University (1978) with honors
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Baylor University (1981)

Professional experience

Shortly after receiving his law degree and passing the Texas State Bar in 1981, Kleinschmidt joined the private practice firm of Schneider, Krugler, Kleinschmidt & Weiser, P.C. based in Giddings, Texas, where he is both a share holder as well as an attorney. As a litigator, he specialized in municipal law, real estate, oil and gas, creation of business entities, wills, probate, trusts, estate and asset protection planning, litigation, collections, banking and local counsel for non-resident law firms.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Livestock
Homeland Security & Public Safety


Kleinschmidt served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:




  • HB 1840 - Relating to the establishment of an interagency farm-to-school coordination task force. [1]
  • HB 1841 - Relating to the creation of the XS Ranch Municipal Utility District; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain. [2]
  • HB 3323 - Relating to storage of electronic fingerprint records and access to criminal history record information. [3]
  • HB 3968 - Relating to reduced tuition rates at public institutions of higher education for certain children of state employees. [4]
  • HB 3969 - Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education. [5]
  • HB 4772 - Relating to the creation of the Bastrop County Municipal Utility District No. 2; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain. [6]

Joint Authored

  • HB 140 - Relating to the use or display under certain circumstances of an expired license to carry a concealed handgun. (Removed from local & uncontested calendar) [7]
  • HB 1414 - Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification. [8]
  • HB 1863 - Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation. [9]


  • SB 1027 - Relating to the establishment of an interagency farm-to-school coordination task force. [10]
  • SB 1204 - Relating to the powers and duties of the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2. [11]

Campaign themes

On his website, Kleinschmidt lists his positions on a number of issues:[12]

  • "Protecting our border; Enforcing the law" - requiring ID to vote, improve enforcement on the border, and end in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
  • "Protecting our pocketbooks" - lower limit on annual property tax appraisal, reduce the property tax burden, cut small business taxes, and encourage drilling and renewable Texas energy.
  • "Looking out for local values" - saying "No way, no how, no Trans-Texas Corridor," and strengthening local water rights.
  • "Protecting local public schools" - more funding for local teachers and schools, not allowing vouchers for small, rural school districts, and ending the over-reliance on standardized tests.



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kleinschmidt ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 17. Kleinschmidt ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Colin Guerra (D) in rhe general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14]

Texas House of Representatives, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kleinschmidt Incumbent 62.2% 31,055
     Democratic Colin Guerra 37.8% 18,837
Total Votes 49,892


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010
Tim Kleinschmidt for Texas House of Representatives Campaign logo

Kleinschmidt won re-election to the 17th house district seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15] He defeated Pat Jacobs, who ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket, and Travis Hill, who campaigned for the seat as a Libertarian.

Texas House of Representatives, District 17
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 28,266 65.09%
Pati Jacobs (D) 13,868 31.93%
Travis Hill (L) 1,291 2.97%


2008 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 54.0%
Donnie Dippel (D) 42.8%
Alan W. Duesterhoft (Libertarian) 3.2%
Total votes 59,710


2006 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 58.4%
Herman W. Brune (R) 41.6%
Total votes 6,112
2006 Race for Texas House of Representatives, District 17 - General Election
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Robby Cook (D) 48.9%
Tim Kleinschmidt (R) 47.9%
Roderick (Rod) Gibbs (Libertarian) 3.2%
Total votes 40,148

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Kleinschmidt raised a total of $556,654 in 2010. Below are Kleinschmidt's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[16]

Contributor 2010 total
Joe R. Strauss III Campaign $264,500
Texas House Leadership Fund $17,356
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $15,563
Perry Doylene $15,000
Strauss III, Joe R. $15,000


According to Follow the Money, Kleinschmidt raised $797,570 in 2008 for his state house campaign. [17]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $284,809
Stars Over Texas PAC $145,000
Bob J. Perry $70,000
Associated Republicans of Texas $50,500
Empower Texans PAC $10,120

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Campaign promise accusation

The first joint appearance of the major party candidates for the Texas House District 17 seat in 2008 was cancelled at the last minute after the Democratic nominee, Donnie Dippel, accused Kleinschmidt of reneging on a supposed campaign promise. Dippel chose not to take the stage at the forum after it had been reported to the Democratic candidate that a staffer for opponent's campaign was in the crowd with a video camera. Dippel's campaign claimed that both sides had agreed to a " stipulation against videotaping their opponents, to prevent clips from showing up in attack ads;" Kleinschmidt's camp, however, denied such a deal had been made. [18] Organizers of the forum remarked that while Dippel had raised concerns about videotaping, it was never established in the ground rules for the debate.


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


Tim Kleinschmidt received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Kleinschmidt currently resides in Lee County, Texas with his wife, Anna. The couple has had three children together.

Other roles

  • Member, Lee County Farmers Co-op
  • Member, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
  • Member, Texas Wildlife Association
  • President, Lee County Bar Association

Contact information

Capitol Address:
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768


Phone: (512) 463-0682
Fax: (512) 463-9955

Campaign Address:
3596 County Road 405
Lexington, TX 78947

Phone: (979) 542-9602
E-mail: info@timkleinschmidt.com

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robby Cook
Texas House - District 17
Succeeded by