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).
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 Members by District
Official Results 2022 General Election
Counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, and Wood
Counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Van Zandt
Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler
District 4 Misty Bishop
Counties: Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Montgomery
Counties: Bastrop, Brazos, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, San Jacinto, Walker, and Williamson
District 6 Carol Alvarado (IN) Consultant, BA degree in Political Science from the University of Houston, Master of Business Administration. In 2008, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and served 5 terms representing District 145. She served as Chair of the Urban Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. Carol’s primary legislative focus has been on economic development, public health and public education. She has championed legislation aimed at strengthening our state’s workforce, regulating the use of e-cigarettes for children, and criminal justice reform. Carol is an advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights and has passed legislation to assist victims of sexual abuse. As a member of the Houston City Council from 2002-2008, Carol led the effort to make restaurants smoke free, stopped the shipping of more hazardous chemicals through our neighborhoods, and had air quality monitors installed in neighborhoods near chemical plants. County: Harris Source: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=6
County: Harris, Montgomery
Counties:Collin, Hunt, Rains
Counties: Brown, Callahan, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Tarrant
Counties: Brazoria, Harris, and Galveston
District 12 Francine Ly C
Counties: Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, and Wise
District 13 Borris Miles (IN) Insurance Agency Owner, Former Texas House Rep (4 terms) Miles earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminal Science from Sam Houston State University. Former police officer for the Houston ISD Police Department and began an independent insurance agency out of his home. His company, the Borris L. Miles Insurance Agency, has grown to write more than $56 million in policies and is the largest black-owned insurance agency in the state. Miles focuses on supporting other minority owned businesses, and has renovated nearby city blocks. He is active with the Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and several other charities. Miles also found both the North Forest Scholarship and an endowment to fight sickle cell anemia.
Counties: Ft. Bend and Harris
District 14 Sarah Eckhardt (IN) Attorney, B.F.A. from New York University, LBJ School Master of Public Affairs, going on to receive her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously served two terms as Travis County Judge, where she represented 1.3 million county residents. Senator Eckhardt worked for eight years as an Assistant Travis County Attorney. She also served for eight years as a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney's Office. Sarah has a long list of pubic service organizations she is serving on.
District 15 John Whitmire (IN) B.A. in political science from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law at the University of Houston. Attorney of counsel at Locke, Liddell and Sapp. Prior to his election to the state senate, Whitmire was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1982. With over 38 years of service in the Texas Senate, Senator Whitmire ranks first in seniority and is the "Dean of the Texas Senate."
District 16 Nathan Johnson (IN) Attorney, Johnson graduated magna cum laude with a degree in physics from the University of Arizona, and earned his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He practices law in the Trial Practice Group at the law firm of Thompson & Knight. He has also composed music for the classical concert stage and scored the hit television series Dragon Ball Z.
Counties: Brazoria, Colorado, Ft. Bend, Harris, Jackson, Matagoda, Waller, and Wharton
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. In High School he was the football team's quarterback, and after graduation he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. After service he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas-Pan American, where he graduated with honors, and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After returning to South Texas, Hinojosa served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nueces County and later as an Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General. Since 1980, Hinojosa has operated a private practice in Hidalgo County representing clients in both civil and criminal matters.
Counties: Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, and Nueces
District 21 Judith Zaffirini-(IN) Zaffirini has Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She also studied at Laredo Community College and the University of Houston. She is the first Hispanic woman elected to the Texas Senate, the second highest-ranking senator, and the highest-ranking woman and Hispanic senator. She has worked as a teacher in higher education for over 13 years. She has been honored by the South Texas Press Association for her work in journalism. She owns her own business, Zaffirini Communications. Zaffirini has been recognized for her near perfect attendance in session. She served as vice-chair of the Texas Democratic Party from 1984-1986, prior to making a (successful) run for the Democratic Party nomination for state Senate in 1986. Her legendary work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent voting record, having cast 67,923 consecutive votes, and her perfect attendance in the Texas Senate since 1987, except for breaking quorum deliberately to prevent an untimely re-redistricting that the U.S. Supreme Court (2006) ruled violated the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchised voters in SD 21. She has sponsored and passed 1,262 bills and 38 substantive resolutions. Showing her bipartisan effectiveness, in the 2021 Republican-dominated Texas Legislature she passed 106 bills, passing more bills than any other legislator for the fourth consecutive legislative session. What's more, she has passed more bills than any other legislator in the history of the State of Texas.
Counties: Bexar, Caldwell, Dimmit, Duval, Guadalupe, Hays, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Travis, Webb, Wilson, and Zapata
Official Website: https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=21
Campaign Website: https://www.judithzaffirini.c
Counties: Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, McLennan, Somerville, and Tarrant
District 23 Royce West (IN) Attorney,University of Texas at Arlington, B.A., M.A.; University of Houston, J.D.Senator West has been named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics, been selected for the magazine's biennial “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” list, and has twice been named as an “Honorable Mention.” Senator West has also received mention on the Associated Press' “Movers and Shakers” list, as well as the Texas Insider's "Best Legislators" list. Senator West served on the World Travel & Tourism Council Dallas Host Committee for the 2016 Global Summit. Senator West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families.
Counties: Dallas, Tarrant
District 24 Kathy Jones-Hospod
Counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Medina, Sutton, and Williamson
District 25 Robert Walsh
Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, and Travis
District 26 Jose Menendez (IN) BA-SMU, Commerical Marketing Exec., VP of Stewart Title Guaranty, Director Mulitcultureal Market. Prior to the Senate he represented the 124th District in the Texas House of Representatives between 2000 and 2015. During his term in office, Menéndez passed over 200 bills that benefited children, seniors, veterans, and San Antonio families. One of the bills, David's Law, empowers students, parents, schools, and law enforcement to combat and prevent cyberbullying. Senator Menéndez is also a strong advocate for job growth, community and business development. Along with his successful legislation, Senator Menéndez has secured millions of dollars for advancements in education, healthcare, parks, and additional funding developments, including $17 million for the Alamo Colleges.
District 27 Morgan Lamantia Attorney, Morgan LaMantia is part of the next generation of leadership in the family business that supports over 1,200 jobs across Texas and beyond. Morgan heads up data analytics and serves as In-House Counsel, carrying on the legacy of her grandfather, Joe LaMantia, of building opportunities through hard work and giving back to the community. That's why Morgan started a health care initiative to give their employees free access to a doctor and health education to manage chronic diseases like diabetes. And when PPE supplies were scarce in the early stages of the pandemic, Morgan worked the supply chain to ensure all employees had the safety equipment they needed to keep themselves and their families safe. Not your typical politician — she believes in getting things done. Morgan earned her business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of St. Mary's University School of Law.
Counties: Bee, Cameron, Hildalgo, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces
Baylor, Childress, Coleman, Collingsworth, Concho, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hardeman, Haskell, Hockley, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, Motley, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Stonewall, Taylor,Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wheeler, Wichita, and Wilbarger
District 29 Cesar Blanco (IN)- Navy Veteran, B-UT El Paso, Worked for Congress members before being elected to District 29. In the Texas House, César has delivered as a strong champion for El Paso by leading initiatives to improve access to healthcare, strengthen our workforce, local economy, and border communities while also improving the quality of life and increasing economic opportunities for all Texans. He has also led efforts to expand mental health resources for veterans, rein in rising prescription drug prices, increase oversight over border security, and deliver historic public school funding.For his record of fighting for veterans’ education opportunities and border communities, Texas Monthly named him one of the best legislators in Texas.
Counties: Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Peco, Presidio, Reeves
Counties: Archer, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Wichita, and Young
Counties: Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Cochran, Coke, Crane, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Howard, Hutchinson, Irion, Lipscomb, Loving, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Reagan, Roberts, Schleicher, Scurry, Sherman, Sterling, Swisher, U-ton, Ward, Winkler, and Yoakum