State House Candidates

Note to the Voter: Remember that you are the HR person choosing who is best qualified to be a Texas State House Representative. Check out their educational background, their work history, and Community Service. If they are an Incumbents (IN) who Candidates up for re-election what I their voting record. Make sure it matches up with your core beliefs and what they are saying from the campaign trail they support. Which candidate is best qualified over all and lines up best with your beliefs? That is who you should vote for.

About the office: 

The Texas House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Texas State Legislature. Alongside the Texas State Senate, it forms the legislative branch of the Texas state government and works alongside the governor of Texas to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the Texas House of Representatives include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. Members serve two year terms and are not subject to term limits. They assume office at the beginning of the legislative session in January. Look up Incumbents who are current members to see their bills they wrote or cowrote plus their voting record and more by going to: https://house.texas.gov/members/. It is very telling how the voted. See if it lines up with their campaign promises and your personal beliefs. 

Qualifications

To be eligible to seek office a candidate must be:

A U.S. citizen

21 years old before the general election

A two-year resident of Texas before the general election

A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election

Salaries

$7,200/year $221/day. Set by the ethics commission.

Pension

The highest a legislature can earn for retirement is $125,000, with an average of $17,526 annually. 

                                                                                          Sources: Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/; Texas_House_of_Representatives, https://house.texas.gov/about-us/

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What Counties they represent and their District number

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Texas House of Representatives Candidates by District 

District 1

Counties: Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, Red River

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District 3 

Counties: parts of Waller and Montgomery 

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District 2

Counties: Hopkins, Hunt, Van Zandt 

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District 4

Counties: Henderson, part of Kaufman

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District 5

Counties: Camp, Morris, Rains, Titus, Wood, and part of Smith

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District 6

Counties:  part of Smith

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District 7

Counties: Gregg, Upshur 

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District 8

Counties:  Anderson, Freestone, Hill, Navarro

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District 9

Counties:  Shelby, Sabine, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola

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District 10

Counties:  Ellis, part of Henderson 

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District 11

Counties: Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Rusk 

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District 12

Counties: part of Brazos  Falls, Limestone, part of McLennan, Robertson

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District 13

Counties: Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, Washington

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District 14

Counties: part of Brazos

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District 15

Counties: part of Montgomery 

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District 16

Counties: part of Montgomery

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District 17

Counties: Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, Lee

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District 18

Counties: Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker

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District 19

Counties: Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Tyler

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District 20

Counties: Burnet, Milam, part of Williamson 

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District 21

Counties: part of Jefferson, Orange

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*District 22 Rep.Joe Deshotel (IN) Attorney, businessman, and a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is an attorney, businessman and life-long resident of Beaumont. Prior to serving in the legislature, Representative Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and was appointed by Governor Mark White to the Job Training Coordinating Council and Lamar University Board of Regents. He has a strong record as a champion of civil rights and civic responsibility, organizing Lamar University's first NAACP chapter. Joe also served as Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel of Lamar University-Beaumont. Representative Deshotel brings experience, insight and knowledgeable leadership to the issue of public education and economic development. In addition to Deshotel’s legislative background he has been licensed to practice law in Texas for 35 years. His practice included personal injury, domestic relations and title insurance. Having served in the Texas Legislature for the past 20 years Deshotel has developed a mastery of the legislative process and having served on the leadership teams of the current and previous speaker, he has a working relationship with a vast array of business sectors of Texas. Below is his most recent appointments within the Texas House of Representatives:

Counties: Part of Jefferson

 Sources:https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=22; https://ballotpedia.org/Joe_Deshotel

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District 23

Counties: Chambers, part of Galveston 

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District 24

Counties: part of Galveston 

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District 25

Counties: Matagorda and part of Brazoria

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District 26

Counties: part of Fort Bend

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*District 27 Rep.Ron Reynolds (IN) Texas Southern U BS in Public Affairs Magna Cum Laude, JD for Texas Tech U School of Law. First African American Elected State Rep in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction.  Ron is currently serving his sixth term in the Texas House. Reynolds was named 2021 87th Session Legislator of the Year by both Fort Bend United and The Young & the Politics. He was voted by his House colleagues as “Freshman Legislator of the Year” and “Public Servant of the Year” by the Houston Minority Contractors Association. He served as the House Minority Whip during the 83rd & 84th Legislative sessions. Reynolds is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and 100 Black Men of America. Currently, Reynolds is the Chair, Texas Progressive Caucus, Vice Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Caucus on Climate, Environment, and the Energy Industry. He also serves as the Legislative Leader for the Texas State NAACP and the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats. Reynolds serves as the ranking member on the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, and serves on the powerful Energy Resources Committee. Prior to being elected State Representative Reynolds was an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Houston, Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and Past President of the Missouri City & Vicinity NAACP. He is a recipient of the “Honorary Doctorate of Divinity”. 

Counties: part of Fort Bend

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District 28

Counties: part of Fort Bend

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District 29

Counties: part of Brazoria

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District 30

Counties: part of Fort Bend

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