Allen Fletcher (Texas politician)

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Billy Allen Fletcher
Texas State Representative from District 130 (northwestern Harris County)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 13, 2009
Preceded by Corbin Van Arsdale
Personal details
Born (1955-04-09) April 9, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth missing
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Penelope Suzanne Benn Fletcher
Children Three children
Residence Tomball, Harris County, Texas, USA
Alma mater Sam Houston State University
Occupation Security company owner
Religion Churches of Christ

Billy Allen Fletcher, known as Allen Fletcher (born April 9, 1955), is a security company owner from Tomball, a suburb of Houston, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives.[1] Since 2009, he has with little opposition represented District 130 in northwestern Harris County.[2]

Fletcher is unopposed for his fourth term in the state House in the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

Fletcher holds three degrees, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science, from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in East Texas. He is also a graduate of the East Texas and the Houston police academies.[3]

For nineteen years, Fletcher was a Houston city police officer. His last assignment, which ended in 1998, was in the office of the inspector general. He is affiliated with Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Emergency Preparedness Committee, all in Tomball.[4]

Fletcher's wife is the former Penelope Suzanne Benn, known as "Penny" Fletcher (born c. 1958), formerly of Beaumont and Killeen, Texas.[5] He has three children and, as of 2014, three grandchildren.[4]Representative Fletcher is a member of the Spring Creek Church of Christ at 14847 Brown Road in Tomball.[3]

Political life[edit]

In the 2008 Republican primary, Fletcher unseated the three-term incumbent Corbin Van Arsdale, a lawyer from Tomball, previously from Cypress, Texas. Fletcher polled 9,246 votes (52.2 percent) to Van Arsdale's 8,454 (47.8 percent).[6] Fletcher then defeated Libertarian Party nominee, William B. Gray, Jr., in the general election 63,945 (87.6 percent) to 9,031 (12.4 percent).[7] Never has Fletcher faced a Democratic opponent.

Fletcher is the vice chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and sits as well on the Transportation Committee.[3]

Legislative voting records[edit]

Representative Fletcher in 2013 supported the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He voted for companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers,[8] a move which opponents said could lead to the closure of many abortion clinics in the state. These issues brought forth an unsuccessful filibuster in the state Senate by Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth, who in 2014 is the Democratic nominee for governor against the Republican Greg Abbott.[9] In 2011, Fletcher supported two other anti-abortion measures. One forbids state funding of agencies which perform abortions. The other requires that a woman undergo a sonogram before procuring an abortion. This legislation is based on the view that a woman could change her mind about an abortion once she witnesses the development of the unborn child through the latest technology.[8]Despite his votes on those four issues, the Texas Right to Life Committee, according to Project Vote Smart, rated Fletcher 78 percent favorable in 2013 and 64 percent in 2011. The National Abortion Rights Action League rated him 0 percent in 2009.[10]

Fletcher opposed the taxpayer-funded school breakfast program, which passed the House, 73-58. He co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He co-sponsored the successful bill to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. Fletcher voted for the adoption of the biennial state budgets in 2013 but not in 2011. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation.[8]

Fletcher sponsored the bill to prohibit the state government from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He also sponsored the bill to allow college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in buildings and vehicles in the name of campus security. He supported the bill to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit. He backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. He voted against term limits for certain state officials. In 2011, Fletcher voted to permit texting while driving.[8]Fletcher voted in 2013 against an "equal pay for women" bill, which passed the Legislature but was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry.[11]

In 2011, Fletcher supported a resolution to reduce funding for state agencies. He voted to expand the sales tax to Internet transactions to match existing laws for brick and mortar stores; the measure passed the House 125-20. Fletcher voted against a bill to prohibit smoking in public places. He voted to establish eligibility for indigent health care. He voted against corporal punishment in public schools; the bill nevertheless passed the House, 80-64. Fletcher voted to require colleges and universities to make student centers compatible with traditional family values. To guarantee the integrity of the election process, Fletcher supported picture identification of voters.[8] The law finally took effect in October 2013 and was used widely without incident in the primaries on March 4, 2014.[12]In 2013, Fletcher supported related legislation to forbid a voter from turning in multiple ballots.[8]

Interest group ratings[edit]

Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Fletcher 88 percent favorable in 2013, 44 percent in 2011, and 92 percent in 2009. The Young Conservatives of Texas gave him a cumulative score of 83 percent. The interest group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated Fletcher 81 percent favorable in 2013, 75 percent in 2011, and 86 percent in 2009. The Texas Association of Business awarded him a cumulative career score of 92 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 71 percent in 2013; the Sierra Club, 20 percent in 2011. The National Rifle Association scored Fletcher 92 percent in 2012 and letter-grade "A" in all of his previous term. The Libertarian Party rated him 81 percent in 2009 on matters of economic issues and personal liberties.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-TX 130th District)". Nebraska Library Association. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Allen Fletcher". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Allen Fletcher's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "State Rep. Allen Fletcher District 130 (R-Tomball)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Penny Fletcher of Tomball, TX". intelius.com. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2008 (House District 130)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2008 (House District 130)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Allen Fletcher's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ M. Fernandez (June 25, 2013). "Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Allen Fletcher's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Legislative Session: 83 (R) Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Texas Voter ID Officially Takes Effect, October 21, 2013". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
Political offices
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Corbin Van Arsdale
Texas State Representative from District 130 (Harris County)

Billy Allen Fletcher
2009–

Succeeded by
Incumbent