State Senate Candidates
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About the Texas State Senate
The Texas State Legislature consists of an upper chamber which is the Senate the lower chamber the Texas House of Representatives, which together form the legislative branch of the Texas State government. It works alongside the governor of Texas to create laws and establish a state budget. It’s Legislative authority and responsibilities of the Senate 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 of the Texas State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. One-half of the Senate membership is elected every two years in even-numbered years, with the exception that all 31 Senate seats are up for election for the first legislature following the decennial census in order to reflect the newly redrawn districts. After the initial election, the Senate is divided by lot into two classes, with one class having a re-election after two years and the other having a re-election after four years. Texas legislators assume office at the beginning of the legislative session (January).
To Serve in the Senate You need to be:
A U.S. Citizen
26 years old before the general election
A five-year resident of Texas before the general election
A district resident for 1 year prior to the general election
7,200 a year, $221 per day, set by the ethics commission
Average pension is $17,526 per year. It can go up to $125,000 depending on years of service.
Texas Senate Candidates by District
District 1--Audrey Spanko Social worker, B & M in Social Work UT, 10- yrs worked for nonprofits helping families seeking medical care and basic needs support, and from 2016-2019 she worked in child abuse prevention for the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk,
Titus, Upshur, Wood, Smith
District 4--Jay Stittleburg Navy Iraq War Veteran, Project Manager in Oil and Gas, B-U.S. Naval Academy, G-Old Dominion University; I am an Iraq War Veteran, served as a Submarine Warfare Officer and currently work as a Project Manager in the Oil & Gas industry and primarily consult owner/operators of Oil, Gas and Petrochemical facilities on OSHA, EPA and Department of Homeland Security regulatory compliance. Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management.
Counties: Liberty, Orange, and parts of Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, and Montgomery
*District 6 Carol Alvarado- (IN)Houston City Council, Senior executive assistant to Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, legislative assistant to Representative Gene Green.
Member of Dress for Success, Hispanic Elected Officials, Houston Downtown Alliance Board, League of Women Voters, National Association of Latino Elected Officials Board, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Board, Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church, Texas Democratic Party, and Women Professionals in Government.
Years of Service: 1
Counties: Part of Harris
Official Senate Website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=6
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CarolforTexas/
Official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/CarolforTexas
Campaign Website: http://carolalvarado-acevescocom.nationbuilder.com
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alvarado.carol?ref=ts
District 9 Salman Bhojani-Attorney, Entrepreneur, and Former City Councilman for Euless, focus on corporate and business transactions and real estate law. After practicing law with some of the best attorneys in the country, at Haynes and Boone, LLP (an international corporate law firm), Salman started his own law firm and title company in Irving, Texas.
District 9 Gwen Burud-Public School Teacher for deaf/hard of hearing infants, Mother, Wife, committed political activist.
District 11 Susan Criss Lawyer, Former Judge Texas 212nd District Court, B-UT, Law-South Texas College of Law
Counties: Part of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris
District 12 Shadi Zitoon Quality Analyst, B- Computer Science and Engineering UTA
Counties: Part of Denton and Tarrant
*District 13 Borris Miles-(IN) Former Texas House Rep (4 terms)Miles is a successful businessman and developer, owning one of the largest insurance agencies in Texas and redeveloping two commercial blocks.
Years of Service: 3
Counties: Part of Ft. Bend and Harris
Official Website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=13
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BorrisLMiles/
Official Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/BorrisLMiles/
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BorrisLMiles
District 18 Michael Antalan Lawyer; HS-Alabama Gulf Coast working in the fishing industry and the oil rigs off Dauphin Island, 8 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Officer during the Persian Gulf War, Iran/Iraq, and Desert Storm and three years in the Army National Guard. B- University of Mobile, G-Risk Management, Law Degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Counties: Aransas, Austin, Burleson, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria,
Waller, Washington, Wharton And parts of Fort Bend and Harris
*District 19 Roland Gutierrerz (IN) Lawyer, Former SA City Council, B.A. in political science from the University of Texas, San Antonio, J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law
Years of Service: 12
Committee Assignments: Energy Resources, Pensions, Investments and Financial Services
Counties: Brewster, Crockett, Dimmitt, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick,
Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde,
Zavala And portions of Bexar and Atascosa
Official Website: https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=119
Campaign Website: https://rolandfortexas.com
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RolandForTexas/
Campaign Twitter: https://twitter.com/RolandforTexas
***Senate District 20 Juan Hinojosa- (IN) Attorney, House of Representatives 1981-1990, Senator 2002-present. B-U of Texas Pan American, J.D. from Georgetown University.
Years of Service: House-9, Senate 18
Finance Committee, Texas State Senate, Vice-Chair;
Counties: Brooks, Jim Wells, and part of Hidalgo and Nueces
Official website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=20
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorChuyHinojosa/
Campaign website: http://www.senatorhinojosa.com
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHinojosa
Campaign Twitter: https://twitter.com/txchuy
*District 21 Judith Zaffirini-(IN) Communications Specialist, former Teacher, B, M, PhD UT, Vice Chair of Texas Democratic Party 1984-86
Years of Service: 33
Counties: Bee, Caldwell, Duval, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Wilson, and Zapata and portions of Atascosa, Bexar, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis
Official Website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=21
Campaign Website: https://www.judithzaffirini.com
District 22 Robert Vick Officer Candidate School, Infantry, U.S. Army, Fort Benning Georgia, Commissioned Officer, 1967, Bachelor of Science, History/Political Science, 1974, Georgia Southwestern University, Master of Science, Governmental Administration, 1978, Georgia State University, Additional Post Graduate Study, 1978-9, Sociology/Political Science, University of Georgia;
Savannah (GA) Neighborhood Housing Services, Executive Director. Neighborhood revitalization and economic development in the largest historic district in the U. S. 1980-82
Fort Stewart Impact Coordinating Committee, Hinesville, GA. Executive Director. Provided planning, land use, economic development and housing services to five counties and six cities experiencing rapid growth. In most cases functioned as a City or County Manager. 1982-86
City of Grapevine Texas, Economic Development Director. Recruited to a small town experiencing rapid growth. Gave the City its first Land Use Plan, Main Street Project, recruited numerous businesses locally and through involvement with The North Central Council of Governments. 1986-88
Vick Autosports, Inc. (VAS), created the largest retailer of Italian sports car parts in the Western Hemisphere.
VAS and its twenty-four employees maintained two service facilities, a restoration shop, a manufacturing facility, and a hugely successful mail order parts business. 1988-sold in 2007
Vick Racing Outfitters, Inc. Owned and managed a retail and mail-order business specializing in providing safety gear and on-track services to motorcycle and automobile racers. 2005-sold in 2009
Executive Director, Sumter County (GA) Democratic Party, 1971-1972
Precinct Chair, Tarrant County, 1997
Active Member of Mid-Cities Democrats, 2006-2009
Campaign Manager, Candidate for Tarrant County Commissioner, 2007-2008
Campaign Manager, Candidate for State Senate, 2015-2016
Campaign Manager, Granbury Independent School District Board, 2015, 2017 and 2019
County Chair, Hood County Democratic Party, 2014-2018
Member Texas Democratic County Chair Association, 2014-2018
Board of Directors, Texas Democratic Party Non-urban/Rural Caucus, 2014-2019 (Current member)
Precinct Chair, Hood County, 2018-2019.
Counties: Bosque, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Navarro,
Somervell and portions of Tarrant
District 24 Clayton Tucker kindergarten teacher, a former environmental researcher who studied water, I'm a current beekeeper, a science fiction author (Mandated Happiness), and Our Revolution Texas as the Statewide Coordinator, advocated for healthcare as a human right, protecting our environment.
Counties: Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills, San Saba and portions of Taylor Travis
Campaign Website: https://www.tuckerfortexas.com
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tucker4texas/
District 25 Jinny Suh BS/Masters in Biology, Attorney- 5 years in patents, Activist for improved health policy and finance, serves of the board of a nonprofit for support services for survivors of Domestic and sexual assault, and has worked as a dispatcher, a secretary, a transcriptionist, a teacher, and owned small businesses.
*District 26 Jose Menendez (IN)-B-SMU, Commerical Marketing Exec., VP of Stewart Title Guaranty, Director Mulitcultureal Market
Years of Service: 5
Counties: Part of Bexar
Campaign Website: http://josemenendez.com
Campaign FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Menendez4Texas/
***District 27 Eddie Lucio- (IN) Advertising Exec.formerCameron County Treasurer at the age of twenty-five, he later served as Cameron County Commissioner.
Years of Service: 29
Education Committee, Texas State Senate, Vice-Chair
Counties: Cameron, Kenedy, Kleberg, Willacy, and a part of Hidalgo
Offiical Website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=27
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorLucio/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenatorLucio
Campaign website: http://www.senatoreddielucio.com
*District 29 Cesar Blanco (IN)- Navy Veteran, B-UT El Paso, Worked for Congress members before being elected to District 29.
Years of Service: 5
Counties: Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio
Official website: https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=76
Campaign website: https://www.cesarfortexas.com
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cesarfortexas/
* indicates Incumbent Senators that are currently serving. They may or may not choose reelection. I will take them down if they make a public statement that they will not run again.