Texas real estate won big on Election Day

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11/10/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

The November 8 election had great news for Texas REALTORS®: 196 of the 200 REALTOR®-supported candidates on Texas ballots won their races—a 98% success rate!

Candidates were supported for their dedication to protecting private-property rights and the real estate industry. Check out TAR's voter guide to see all 200 supported candidates. 

Here are some highlights from the general election:

By the numbers
REALTOR®-supported candidates won in 196 races:  

  • All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 3 seats on the Texas Supreme Court
  • 16 Texas Senate seats
  • 141 of 145 races for the Texas House of Representatives.

U.S. Congress
All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were up for re-election, and all 36 REALTOR®-supported candidates were successful.

Statewide races
No surprises in statewide races. Republicans swept the statewide offices, extending their streak to 133 consecutive statewide race wins (including presidential races). The lone statewide Democrat, who switched parties in 2013, was defeated.

REALTOR®-supported Texas Supreme Court Justices Debra Lehrmann, Paul Green, and Eva Guzman—all Republicans—won re-election.

The top Republican vote-getter (statewide percentage) was REALTOR®-supported Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman (55.84%). Guzman also earned more raw votes (4,880,502) than any other statewide Republican.

Texas Senate
The partisan composition of the Texas Senate (20 Republicans/11 Democrats) has not changed.

All 16 REALTOR®-supported candidates for Texas Senate won their races.

Opportunity races
TAR engaged in 11 Opportunity Races for seats in the Texas House of Representatives, including support for three candidates who are Texas REALTORS®. Only one Opportunity Race, in HD 107, was unsuccessful.  

  • HD 23 Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Dickinson
  • HD 33 Justin Holland, R-Heath, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 43 Rep. J. M. Lozano, R-Kingsville
  • HD 47 Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin
  • HD 50 Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 105 Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie
  • HD 107 Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas*
  • HD 113 Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 114 Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
  • HD 134 Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston
  • HD 136 Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park

TAR’s Opportunity Race program provides extra support to candidates that local associations identify as REALTOR®-friendly candidates who could use extra support getting elected.

*Texas Rep. Kenneth Sheets will not be back for the 85th Texas Legislature after losing to Democrat Victoria Neave. This was one of the closest races in the general election, with Neave winning by only 828 votes.

Texas House of Representatives
TAR took positions in 145 races for the Texas House of Representatives, with 141 wins and four loses.

Democrats picked up five seats in the Texas House, so the partisan composition has shifted slightly, from 99 Republicans, 50 Democrats, and one Independent to 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats.

These four REALTOR®-supported candidates were unsuccessful in their Texas House races:

  • In HD 107, Republican Rep. Kenneth Sheets was defeated by Democrat Victoria Neave (50.8% to 49.2%)
  • In HD 117, Republican Rep. Rick Galindo was defeated by Democrat Philip Cortez (51.3% to 48.7%)
  • In HD 118, Republican Rep. John Lujan was defeated by Democrat Tomas Uresti (55.2% to 44.8%)
  • In HD 144, Republican Rep. Gilbert Peña was defeated by Democrat Mary Ann Perez (60.2% to 39.8%).

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Comments

stephen c. byars on 11/11/2016

To you who said you must be living ‘in a different state’—you are correct in the sense that you are definitely living in a different state of mind.  You don’t own the right to be a proud Texan any more than the rest of us who live and work here and who also love it.  The difference is we care about making the state the very best it can be—and we recognize there is always room for improvement in each and every community and state in America.  My loyalty is to my fellow citizens—not to any political party so I find your Trump comments are completely unnecessary.  I have lived, worked and volunteered in this state for over 40 years—this IS my home just as much as it is yours.  Telling people to ‘love it or leave it’ is idiocy!  If Texas and TAR are perfect and so beyond any reproach by a fellow resident and fellow association member as you seem to think,  then why ask for people’s comments? 

I’m glad you are a citizen and you have every right to be proud of your achievement in becoming one—that’s great.  The problem I have is your failure to appreciate that criticism is a long-standing and very effective American tradition.  It is a fact, Texas and TAR have come a long way over the years but both can be even better.  Always endorsing only one political view, one political party over all others is just wrong and quite short-sighted.  In this country we debate matters of importance that affect all citizens and we work together with all sides to find solutions to the problems we face.  People learn to compromise….....

Even though we are of different mind, I welcome you to America and to Texas and I would never in a million years tell you or anyone else to ‘love it or leave it.’  There are 26 million Texans—believe me they do not all think the same.  All are welcome here…....

Harriet Holiday on 11/10/2016

Well all I can say to the above comments, is that I must be living in a different state.  I love Texas, I am proud to be from Texas and as I say to those who don’t like Trump, move to Canada!  I am a LEGAL immigrant, who became a citizen the long, hard, legal way, and I felt the shackles of socialism glide off my back, when I moved here.  So if you don’t like it here, don’t complain, go live in California or New York where you will feel more at home.

stephen c. byars on 11/10/2016

Always the Republicans.  The people who care more about money than anything else—their money.  No wonder so many in the public when polled placed real estate people lower than used car salespersons.  TAR and many in the industry could not care less about the lack of support for environmental issues by these great ‘leaders’ you continue to support.  Most of these same people are happy to vote to take away the rights of my gay and lesbian friends as well.  Call these officials what they really are, shills for the energy business and the real estate business and other corporate groups—certainly not the citizens in general.  Thanks for allowing me to comment even though I’m certain you all will not share any of the contrarian views folks have posted here.

Barbara Eckert on 11/10/2016

I totally agree with Mike above, fracking ignored, funding reduced that assisted families with children in need of physical therapy and/or handicapped assistance. Retired Texas teachers never having raises, Millions of Texans’ tax dollars leaving for states that have expanded medicaid because we have not thereby reducing the medical needs of Texans. And last but not least, Texas teen pregnancy rates still at an all time high nationally and the uninsured in our state is the highest nationally, including 623,000 children…these statistics haven’t changed in years and should not make us proud!
https://www.texmed.org/uninsured_in_texas/

Mike Hammer on 11/10/2016

BASED UPON THE REPORT, THE TEXAS REALTORS HAVE SUPPORTED & ARE SUPPORTING THE POLITICAL POLICIES & ACTIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE VERY LOW TEXAS SUSTAINABLE QUALITY OF LIFE RANKINGS.  ESPECIALLY THE POOR QUALITY OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY FOR THE 125,000 WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.  LACK OF ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE FOR 25% OF THE POPULATION WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PAYING 90% OF THE COST.
INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS IGNORED.  THE REALTORS & THE TEXAS POPULATION ARE NOT READY FOR THE NEXT “BIG-ONE”.  WHEN WILL THE REALTORS DISCUSS THE PRO & CON OF ANOTHER STORM LIKE 1900 GALVESTON. WHEN WILL THE REALTORS LEAD THE WAY TO RESOLVE THE LOW INCOME HOUSING NEEDS? IN TOO MANY WAYS, TEXAS IS NOT # 1.
I HAVE BEEN A REALTOR & CPM IN HOUSTON FOR THE PAST 50+ YEARS. IN THE MID 80’S OUR SMALL FIRM PROCESSED > 1,000 FORECLOSURES FOR AMERICAN S & L, OF STOCKTON, CALIF.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION


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