My Representation in Texas Monique Taylor Texas Government 2306-21409 Fall 2013 Word Count: 887 The United States of America grants the right of representation which is mandated by the U. S. Constitution. In our democracy, our citizenship allows us to elect individuals to make decisions on our behalf.
In the process, our goal is to elect an individual that shares our beliefs, protects us from injustice, and is law-abiding to the Congressional oath of office. Our representatives must be ethically responsible in the political forum to maintain the respect and support of their constituents.According to the Texas Legislature Online website, the zip code for 75254 is represented by Texas State Senator John Carona. Senator Carona is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a Republican representing District 16 in his sixth term in office for Dallas County (The Texas Senate). Representative Jason Villalba is the Texas State House representative for House District 114 in Dallas County.
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He is a Republican serving in his first term and a graduate of Baylor University with a Juris Doctor from the University Texas School of Law (Texas House of Representatives, 2013).In January 2013, the House District 1 14 underwent a change in leadership. The seat was previously held by the Republican Representative Will Hartnett. Representative Hartnett served ten terms and was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1990 . He is a graduate of Harvard University with a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas (Hartnett, W. ) As noted in 201 1 Texas Conservative Report by Heritage Alliance, he garnered the following scores: (1) total was 52 percent; (2) social was 100 percent; (3) economic was 55 percent; (4) other was 29 percent (Heritage Alliance).Overall, Representative Will Hartnett voted conservatively on Issues of abortion, election reform, immigration, and healthcare. In the Presidential election of 2008, the constituents in District 1 14 were a Republican majority.
In fact, voter turnout was 81. 2 percent in the district with Representative Hartnett receiving 31 ,393 votes in an uncontested race (Texas Legislative Council, 2009). A breakdown of the voters in the district were as follows: (1) 55. 5 percent Anglo; (2) 16. 4 percent Black; (3) 24. percent Hispanic; (4) 40. 4 Black/Hispanic mixed; (5) 4. 1 percent Other (Texas Legislative Council, 2010).
There was a slight increase in voters for the district during this historic election. According to the data provided by the Texas Legislative Council in Will Hartnett’s District 1 14, the per capita income was $36, 234. The district’s population of people is poverty was low for those making less than $10,000 at 7. 2 percent. He represents a steady median of middle class income at 30.
2 percent for people making a year.Representative Hartnett also has a major population of people who made $50,000 or more and account for 43. 6 percent in the district (Texas Legislative Council, 2009).
This was a historic election as the nation eventually selected its first African- American President. The campaign was grueling, filled with its typical high- and-low moments for each political candidate. This election was also the first time we had two women in the road for the White House. In 2008, District 1 14 experienced a higher voter turnout in a tight race between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama.From the data provided by the Texas egislative Council, Senator Mccain held a slight edge, winning 54. 5 percent of the vote over Senator Obama’s 44. 6 percent.
Since Representative’s Will Hartnett has a higher concentration of Anglo voters, Senator Mccain was in a better position to win the district. The middle class of the district were more in favor of Senator Obama which help keep his numbers close in this highly contested race. There was a clear consensus in the voting pattern for constituents in this economically strong district.
The Republican party did well during the 2008 Presidential election. In District 1 14, 78,438 Anglo-Americans versus 23,1 78 African-Americans participated in the election, but with the inclusion of other inority groups, voter participation was strong with 120,406 votes (Texas Legislative Council, 2010). The reasons for low participation in certain minority groups could be related to invalid voter registration, loss the right to vote, and citizenship. In 201 3, Texas joined other states to require photo identification to vote in the state of Texas.This will have a significant impact on the number of participants voting in the 2016 Presidential election. Conservatively speaking, the district of 114 remains in the Republican favor even as Representative John Villalba holds the current seat.
In 2013, in a eated race with Democrat Carol Kent he received 54. 2 percent of the vote (Texas Legislative Council, 2013). Voter turnout from the Hispanic community was high but low in the African-American community. The Anglo participation remained consistent to numbers in the 2008 Presidential election.
District 1 14 will continue to retain Republican control because of the strong economic base of voters helping to preserve the party’s continued presence in their community. Conclusion Representation will always remain in the hand of voter, but they must have an active presence in the political process to have their voices heard. In competition, the candidate must be relatable in their education, morals, family life, and personality to win an elected seat in office. This formula remains unchanged in this present day for the selection of a political candidate.As a voter, it is our duty to educate ourselves on the person we are hiring to uphold our social ideals and represent us with humility and sincerity. References Hartnett, W.
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