Campaign finance reports covering either the last six months of 2016 or, for candidates who had a contested general election, the period from October 29 to the end of the year, were due Tuesday. We have begun to incorporate those fundraising numbers into our Crib Sheets. Yesterday, we touched briefly on the statewide official and senators’ campaign finance reports.
Today, we make a few notes on the House figures we’ve digested so far:
- House incumbents reported at least $39.8M on hand as of the end of 2016, not including the amounts held Rep. James White (R-Hilister), whose reported total of $0 is likely in error, and Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City), whose report is not available. This is $3.9M more than the 150 incoming House members held at the end of 2014.
- Nearly three quarters of returning representatives reported more cash on hand this year than two years ago.
- Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) reported nearly $10.4M on hand, highest ever reported for a House speaker, breaking his previous record of $8.8M set in January 2016. It is higher than all but three cash-on-hand figures ever reported by former Gov. Rick Perry.
- Fourteen representatives reported having at least $500K on hand, up from 11 in 2014. Two of those 11 from 2014 are no longer in the House. Former Reps. John Otto (R-Dayton) retired and Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) was elected mayor of Houston. Two more are still in the House but reported less than $500K this year: Reps. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and John Zerwas (R-Richmond).
- Sixteen of 25 members with the largest cash-on-hand amounts had no primary or major party general opponent. Thirteen of the 25 members with the smallest cash-on-hand amounts are either newly elected to the Legislature or returning from at least a one-term absence.
- Twenty of the 25 members with the largest cash-on-hand amounts are Republicans, while 13 of the 25 members with the smallest cash-on-hand amounts are Democrats.
Representatives with the highest and lowest cash on hand figures are listed in the toggles below.
Top 25 House Cash on Hand Figures
$10,372,670 – Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio)
$2,530,284 – Rep. Todd Hunter* (R-Corpus Christi)
$1,058,884 – Rep. Ryan Guillen* (D-Rio Grande City)
$968,342 – Rep. Drew Darby* (R-San Angelo)
$790,443 – Rep. Dennis Bonnen* (R-Angleton)
$730,088 – Rep. Tan Parker* (R-Flower Mound)
$729,453 – Rep. John Kuempel (R-Seguin)
$716,671 – Rep. Trent Ashby* (R-Lufkin)
$719,965 – Rep. Senfronia Thompson* (D-Houston)
$634,446 – Rep. Lyle Larson* (R-San Antonio)
$629,934 – Rep. Four Price* (R-Amarillo)
$604,263 – Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth)
$563,997 – Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland)
$541,572 – Rep. Larry Phillips* (R-Sherman)
$472,334 – Rep. Joe Pickett* (D-El Paso)
$465,446 – Rep. Richard Raymond* (D-Laredo)
$440,033 – Rep. John Zerwas* (R-Richmond)
$436,965 – Rep. Ed Thompson (R-Pearland)
$431,115 – Rep. Jim Murphy* (R-Houston)
$408,925 – Rep. Phil King* (R-Weatherford)
$405,483 – Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
$373,698 – Rep. Greg Bonnen* (R-Friendswood)
$371,656 – Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie)
$366,553 – Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth)
$347,090 – Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana)
* indicates unopposed, or had minor party opponent only, in 2016
Lowest 25 House Cash on Hand Figures
$38,374 – Rep. Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth)
$37,877 – Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne)
$35,220 – Rep. Stan Lambert* (R-Abilene)
$35,039 – Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale)
$34,037 – Rep. Valoree Swanson* (R-Spring)
$33,620 – Rep. Victoria Neave* (D-Dallas)
$33,212 – Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins* (D-San Antonio)
$32,653 – Rep. J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville)
$32,354 – Rep. Lina Ortega* (D-El Paso)
$31,178 – Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock)
$30,703 – Rep. Dennis Paul (R-Webster)
$30,507 – Rep. Terry Canales (D-Premont)
$30,231 – Rep. Ernest Bailes* (R-Shepherd)
$28,324 – Rep. Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint)
$27,899 – Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas)
$26,205 – Rep. Mando Martinez (D-Weslaco)
$25,869 – Rep. Mike Lang* (R-Granbury)
$25,052 – Rep. Terry Wilson* (R-Granite Shoals)
$24,870 – Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton)
$24,362 – Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso)
$21,221 – Rep. Philip Cortez* (D-San Antonio)
$20,852 – Rep. Diana Arevalo* (D-San Antonio)
$18,847 – Rep. Jarvis Johnson* (D-Houston)
$16,542 – Rep. Tomas Uresti* (D-San Antonio)
$6,161 – Rep. Shawn Thierry* (D-Houston)
* Indicates freshman member or first term returning from absence
Rep. James White’s (R-Hilister) report indicates $0 cash on hand, likely an error. As far as we can tell, Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) has not filed a campaign finance report since February.