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. 

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Texas House of Representatives Candidates by District 

District 1 Counties: Bowie, Cass, Lama, Morris, Red River

No Democratic Candidate

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District 2 Counties: Hopkins, Hunt, Van Zandt 

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District 3 Counties: Montgomery 

No Democratic Candidate

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District 4 Counties: Henderson and Kaufman

No Democratic Candidate

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District 5 Counties: Camp, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Wood

No Democratic Candidate

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District 6 Counties: Smith

Cody J. Grace Consultant, Grace is a single parent and small business and property owner. He is involved with community building, business development, and political organizations, including the local Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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District 7 Counties: Gregg, Harrison, and Marion

No Democratic Candidate

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District 8 Counties:  Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, and Navarro

No Democratic Candidate

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District 9 Counties:  Angelina, Houston, Polk, San Augustine, Trinity, and Tyler 

Jason Rogers Army Vet, Former English teacher, current diesel tech.He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University. Rogers' career experience includes working as a diesel tech at an 18-wheeler repair shop. He previously worked as a teacher at Angelina College.

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District 10 Counties:  Ellis 

No Democratic Candidate

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District 11 Counties: Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, and Shelby

No Democratic Candidate

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District 12 Counties: Brazos, Grimes, Madison, Robertson, Walker, and Washington 

No Democratic Candidate

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District 13 Counties: Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Leon, Limestone, and McLennan 

Cedric Davis Sr. Certified Public Manager U.S. Army from 1985 to 1993. Davis earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. Davis's career experience includes teaching at Garland Independent School District, working in public safety positions, and as a certified public manager. Davis was elected to serve as Mayor of Balch Springs, Texas. For more information check out the Candidate Connection https://ballotpedia.org/Cedric_Davis.

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District 14 Counties: Brazos

No Democratic Candidate

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District 15 Counties: Montgomery

Kristin Johnson Minister, Educator Children's Ministry and Mission work. Montessori Certified teaching 2 decades. Running to fully support Texas Schools and defend the rights of all Texans, not special interest groups or extremists.

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District 16 Counties: Montgomery

No Democratic Candidate

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District 17 Counties: Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee, and Milam 

Madeline Eden CEO/CTO Her father began teaching her to work with computers and write code when she was just six years old. With those experiences as her foundation she spent her early days endlessly studying new ways to develop software and researching emergent technologies. By the age of 13 she had already helped to found one of San Antonio’s first large-scale multi-user online networks. During the early days of the world wide web she was a vocal advocate for a free and open global network (a stance she maintains to this day).After completing high school, she began working as a network engineer while attending nightly college courses. She made her move to Austin in 1998, where she continued her career path in information technology as a Software Architect and Engineering Manager for companies like Dell and AMD. Over time she learned to coordinate and manage globally distributed teams in order to accomplish much more than she ever could on her own. She consistently applied the skills learned in each of her roles to further advance her knowledge of cutting edge technologies, while contributing to countless open-source software initiatives, and non-profit organizations throughout the course of her career. Madi has lived with her family in Bastrop since 2005 where she has been an active volunteer, community organizer, and vocal advocate for voting rights. She’s the current Chair of the Bastrop County Stonewall Democrats, a former Democratic Precinct Chair, and currently works full-time as the Chief Technology Officer for Civitech (an Austin based public benefits corporation that develops information management systems for progressive political candidates and social impact organizations). Ms. Eden is also known for her work with Register2Vote, a Texas based non-profit which she co-founded in early 2018. During the most recent midterm election cycle, the organization successfully harnessed the grassroots power of over a thousand engaged volunteers to help register more than 150,000 Texans before the 2018 voter registration deadline. Register2Vote has since continued on to create a suite of free tools that are used by nonprofits across the country to identify and register over a million new voters. Her campaign is working to address a wide range of issues including: environmental protections, rural broadband accessibility, marijuana legalization/decriminalization, veterans care, common sense firearms legislation, voting rights, water rights, protections for immigrants, better funding for teachers/schools, social justice reform, and improving healthcare coverage/expansion for Texans. 

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District 18 Counties: Hardin, Liberty, Montgomery, and San Jacinto

No Democratic Candidate

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District 19 Counties: Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Kendall, and Travis

Pam Baggett

Retired Public Affairs and Crises. supported McGovern because of the Vietnam war. Her first major effort was on behalf of Sarah Weddington, continuing with Geraldine Ferraro, Ann Richards, and Wendy Davis. Pam flew to Chicago to participate in the last ERA march. She is a major supporter of Rep. Vikki Goodwin which is fortunate since Pam’s district is the new HD 19 comprised of portions of Rep. Goodwin’s former areas of NW Travis County. Pam is a journalism graduate of The University of Texas. She worked as a reporter as well as in public affairs for state government, hospitals, professional associations, and FEMA. She also owned her own small business for public affairs and crisis management. Pam was honored to win multiple honors from her professional association, serving on the local and national boards. She became interested in psychiatric services and joined the National Alliance on Mental Health, teaching the Family to Family class for four years, and now in the 14th year leading a support group comprised of the families from the final class.

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District 20 Counties: Williamson 

Raul Camacho 

Business owner, native Texan, a small business owner, a Texas Peace Officer, and a lifelong community servant. Raul has a history of connecting with people of all races on a personal level to learn about the issues and concerns that they may have. He also has a long history of helping others in need. Raul's work ethic and tenacity to stand up for what is right earned him an outstanding reputation among the community. Raul is running for State Representative House District 20 because he knows TEXANS DESERVE BETTER!!!Engaged Citizen (2020 - Present)-Anti-Voter Suppression Advocate on behalf of Senior Citizens; League of United Latin America Citizens, Active Member; PhD Member (Progressive Hispanic Democrats) Active Member; Member of the Tejano Democrats, Active Member; City of Leander Board of Appeals Chairman​, Leander Chamber of Commerce, Active Member; Common Sense Gun Law Advocate;​ Humanitarian Relief Team of Austin - Food & Supply Drive for refugee children at the border (2014) Director; ;American Red Cross (2012); Deputy Shelter Manager - Hurricane Sandy; Ashford U Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management;  Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA Courses IS-100 LE, IS-200, IS-700, IS 701, IS-702, IS-703, IS 704, IS-800; ;Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG); Police Academy through Williamson County Sheriff's Dept.; Texas Peace Officer; Houston County Community College District -Associate of Sciences in Marketing;Barclay Career School -Professional Development in Private Security & Private Investigations

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District 21Counties: Jasper, Jefferson, Orange

No Democratic Candidate

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District 22 Counties: Jefferson

Christian "Manuel" Hays

Government Chief of Staff, Manuel started working in politics under State Representative Joe Deshotel in 2004 as a case worker. Manuel quickly moved up to a District Director and Assistant Committe Clerk. Finally, he has been Deshotels Chief of Staff for the last 10 years. 

 

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District 22 Counties: Jefferson

Joseph Pauls Trahan

Enrollment Coordinator, n 2020, Joseph was elected the youngest countywide officeholder as chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. His leadership brought life back to the Democratic Party by raising over $250,000 during his tenure, improving relationships with voters, and supporting Democratic candidates and precinct chairs. Joseph is a proud graduate of Hamshire-Fannett High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has served in numerous leadership roles over the last decade, including on the boards of two non-profits, Land Manor and The Children's Center, Inc. He is a member of NAACP Beaumont, Southeast Texas Young Professionals, Young Democrats of Southeast Texas, and the Knights of Columbus.

• Chairman, Jefferson County Democratic Party

• Board Member, Land Manor

• Member, Beaumont NAACP

• Board Member, The Children’s Center Inc.

• Member, Young Democrats of Southeast Texas

• Member, Southeast Texas Young Professionals

• Member, Knights of Columbus

• Education - University of Texas at Austin, B.S.

 

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District 23 Counties: Chambers, and Galveston 

Kieth G. Henry

Teacher Commissioner Henry has worked at every level of government, in addition to having nonprofit experience. He has been published in over four publications, obtained a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Southern University, a Bachelor of Arts & Letters in English/Minor in Journalism from the State University of New York College at Buffalo State College, (Buffalo, NY). Notably, while attending Buffalo State, Commissioner Henry was an All-conference and All-Academic track athlete. 

  • American Society for Public Administrators and Toastmasters, Inc. | Since 2010

  • Conference of Minority Public Administrators. |  Since 2010

  • Galveston County 40 Under 40 Honoree | 2020

  • National Association of the Advancement of Colored People | Since 2017

  • National Education Association | Since 2019

  • Texas State Teachers Association | Since 2019

  • City of Texas City (TX) District 1 Commissioner | Elected 2020

  • National Honor Society Faculty Advisor | Appointed 2020

  • Texas Municipal League | Since 2020

  • Texas Black Democrats 40 under 40 Honoree | 2021

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District 24 Counties: Galveston 

Michael J. Creedon 

Civil Engineer (Texas licensed Professional Engineer - PE) by trade and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. After graduating and serving in the Army on active duty, I received my Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Later, I earned my Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. After Georgia Tech, I was hired by Exxon and assigned to the Baytown Refinery.  I spent 30 years with ExxonMobil serving in a variety of staff, project, supervisory, management and eventually Executive positions globally with significant time in Baytown, Houston, and Beaumont. My final position was as the Baytown Complex Mechanical (Maintenance) Manager where I led an organization of 500 employees, 2000 contractors, with a budget of over 500 million dollars. I am still active in the US Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel.  During my Army Reserve career, I commanded a Company in combat in Afghanistan and a Battalion in Texas.  Presently, I am a Detachment Chief in Ellington.  I deployed twice to Afghanistan earning two Bronze Star Medals as well as the Combat Action Badge. I am active in my church as a Trustee, Boy Scouts as a Committee Member, local PTSA as a Board Officer, and coached several of my son's sports teams.I think I have a deep experience and skill set that will help us solve the complex problems that we have in District 24.  My unique servant leadership background will help me to connect with our people to understand their needs and then drive action.  And finally, I am as equally comfortable in the boardroom as I am in a refinery, combat zone, school, playground, and the streets in listening and solving problems.  

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District 25 Counties: Brazoria

No Democratic Candidate

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District 26 Counties: Fort Bend

Daniel Lee

Attorney, Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee became the first African-American Member of the Culver City Council in its over 100 year history in 2018. A veteran of the US Air Force and California Air National Guard, he currently works as Project Director at the James Lawson Institute. Daniel has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and is a doctoral candidate at USC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Move to Amend, the Backbone Campaign, Mockingbird Incubator and the Clean Power Alliance. He served on the Culver City Martin Luther King Celebration Committee for 7 years, planning its citywide celebration of the iconic Civil Rights leader. Much of Mr. Lee’s local effort has been with youth. A filmmaker and actor, he has volunteered with El Rincon Elementary School students in an artists and communication program for the past 17 years. He also developed a Civil Rights curriculum that he implemented at the Teen Center to increase young people’s understanding of their country’s history. As a Council Member Lee has championed mental health, police accountability and very notably worked to close the Inglewood Oil Field. Lee worked on this effort prior to his election with the Sierra Club’s Clean Break Subcommittee. As a passionate environmental advocate Lee will work to accelerate the sorely needed “Just Transition” away from Fossil Fuels using innovative strategies that don’t leave workers in the lurch and provide for good union jobs. Lee also worked to help Culver City pass, and recently successfully defend, its rent control policy. At the federal level Daniel will work for increased renter protections, the repeal of Costa Hawkins and the acceleration of housing production in a manner that incorporates community concerns around affordability, gentrification and displacement. Specifically, Lee’s campaign platform also includes a push for Healthcare and Housing for All, Public Health as Public Safety, addressing Environmental Racism & the Climate Crisis, Public Pension Reform and divestment from corporate landlords through the Divest from Displacement campaign and People Centered Economic Development.

Expertise

Veteran – Social Worker – Community Organizer – Filmmaker

6 Years in the Air Force and California Air National Guard

  • Environmental Justice Fellow at the Liberty Hill Foundation

  • Project Director James Lawson Institute

  • Organizer Move to Amend, BackBone Campaign, Community Coalition +++

  • Master of Social Welfare 2015 UCLA

  • Doctor of Social Work 2021 USC

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District 27 Counties: Fort Bend

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”. 

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District 28 Counties: Fort Bend

Nelvin J. Adriatico 

Real Estate Commercial/ Residential Brokerage & Business Consulting Services; TV Host and Producer Mr. Nelvin Joseph Adriatico came from Olongapo City, Philippines and has lived in Houston Texas since 1999. He worked in the Financial Industry for almost 17 years with clients estimated assets of $30 million. He was responsible for conducting portfolio management initiatives; Identifying problem accounts through the annual review; collections & delinquency management procedures in accordance to global credit policy and procedure; and business development. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration and engagement has led him to a number of board leadership roles including: Chairman – La Rosa Multicultural Family Services; Chairman – Filipino American Caucus for Empowerment (FACE); Board Member of HISD-Asian Advisory Council; Board Member of 80-20 Asian American-PAC; Co-Chairman of Mayor’s Office of New Americans, Immigrants and Refugees; President – Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA); President – Houston Royal Oaks Lions Club Foundation (HROLCF); Board Chairman of The Alliance Multicultural Community Services; President of Asian Pacific American for Public Affairs (APAPA), Founding Executive Advisory Board- Philippine American Coalition of Texas (PACT) and Chairman of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce-Texas. He also helped organize several programs and projects like; Annual Back to School, Health Fair and Business Expo for the past 12 years, Adopt a Mom, Adopt a Family Christmas Program for 11yrs, Alief Health Fair, Mission and Vision Hope for Lions Club, Calamity and Relief Effort for Disaster and Impacted community both local and international to name a few. Adriatico, was the recipient of the Asian Chamber of Commerce Community Ambassador Award, Fresh Spirit Wellness Legacy Unsung HERO Award, Lions Club Jack Wiech Fellow Award and Texas Association of Realtors Community HERO Neighborhood Award.vAn entrepreneur by heart, he Founded Adriatico Investment Group, LLC and InvestCORE Company dba CORE Realty; a brokerage firm that specializes in Commercial & Residential Real Estate Development, Management, Investment & Financing Services and Business Consulting. Currently operating in 2 Offices (Houston and Sugarland). He has an Indepth knowledge and considerable amount of experience in the banking and lending arena with a good understanding of the real estate market; credit and lending policies and regulations; Strong managerial, planning, analytical, organizational, and decision-making skills. He is also currently a regular TV Host and Co-Producer of the Telly Award winning show called Chitchat Houston which made history as the First Asian American TV show produced and hosted by Filipino American in an American Channel, celebrating its 3rd season at Kube 57. 

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District 29 Counties: Brazoria

No Democratic Candidate

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District 30 Counties: De Witt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria

No Democratic Candidate

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District 31 Counties: Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Karnes, Kenedy, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Wilson, and Zapata

Martha M Gutierrez

Teacher, Studied Political Science and Government at Texas A&M

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District 32 Counties: Aransas and Nueces 

No Democratic Candidate

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