Dan Huberty

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Daniel G. "Dan" Huberty
Texas State Representative from District 127 (Harris County)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Joe Crabb
Personal details
Born (1968-06-21) June 21, 1968 (age 46)
Parma, Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janet Marie Etterman Huberty
Children Three children
Residence Humble, Harris County, Texas
Alma mater Cleveland State University

University of Phoenix

Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Daniel G. Huberty, known as Dan Huberty (born June 21, 1968),[1] is a businessman from Humble, Texas, a suburb of Houston, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. Since 2011, he has with relatively little opposition represented District 127 in Harris County.[2]

Huberty is unopposed for his third term in the state House in the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014.[1]

Background[edit]

Huberty is a native of Parma in Cuyahoga County east of Cleveland in northern Ohio. In 1991, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. In 1998, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from the on-line University of Phoenix. Since 2009, he has been the vice-president of business development for Clean Energy Fuels.[3] He is also the vice president of Ampco Systems Parking.[1]

He is a member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International in Humble, and the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic men's organization. He has been a long-time supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the companion Students Against Drunk Driving.[3]

Huberty and his wife, the former Janet Marie Etterman (born c. 1968), have three children, Brianna, Ryan, and Dylan. They are members of the Saint Martha's Catholic Church parish in Walden, Texas.[3]

Political life[edit]

From 2006 to 2010, Huberty was an elected trustee of the nonpartisan Humble Independent School District. He was the board president from 2009 to 2010.[1]

When Republican Representative Joe Crabb declined to seek reelection in 2010, Huberty and three others entered the primary election to choose a successor. Huberty nearly won the post outright with 7,465 votes (48.8 percent). He was forced into a runoff election with anesthesiologist Susan Dobbs Curling (born c. 1957) of Kingwood, another Houston suburb, who received 3,063 votes (20 percent). Two other candidates, businesswoman Addie Sturgeon Wiseman (born c. 1963) and physician Martin C. Basaldua (born c. 1950), also of Humble, held the remaining 31.3 percent of the vote.[4] Huberty then defeated Curling, 6,003 (70.8 percent) to 2,480 (29.2 percent).[5] In the general election, Huberty handily defeated the Democrat Joe A. Montemayor, 37,725 (75.3 percent) to 12,406 (24.7 percent).[6]

In the 2012 general election, Huberty defeated the Democrat Cody D. Pogue (born c. 1982), an organizer in 2010 for former mayor of Houston, Bill White, who ran for governor against Rick Perry.[7] Huberty received 45,813 votes (70.2 percent) to Pogue's 19,435 (29.8 percent).[8]

Huberty serves on the Public Education and State Affairs committees.[1]

Legislative voting records[edit]

Representative Huberty in 2013 supported the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. She also voted for companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers,[9] 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 Texas State Senate by Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth, who in 2014 is the Democratic nominee for governor against the Republican Greg Abbott.[10] In 2011, Huberty 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.[9] Despite her support for these measures, the Texas Right to Life Committee, according to Project Vote Smart, rated Huberty only 41 percent favorable in 2013 but 71 percent in 2011.[11]

Huberty voted to establish the tax-payer funded school breakfast program. He supported 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. Huberty voted for the adoption of the biennial state budgets in both 2013 and 2011 budget. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation.[9]

Huberty supported the bill to prohibit the state government from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He voted 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 for term limits for certain state officials. He voted against the bill to prohibit texting while driving.[9] Huberty supported an "equal pay for women" bill, which passed the Legislature but was vetoed by Governor Perry.[12]

In 2011, Huberty voted against a resolution to reduce funding for state agencies. He joined a small minority of House members in voting against the establishment of a sales tax on Internet transactions to match existing laws for brick and mortar stores; the measure passed the House 125-20. Huberty voted against e bill to prohibit smoking in public places. He voted to establish eligibility for indigent health care. He voted to permit corporal punishment in public schools; the bill passed the House, 80-64. Huberty voted to require colleges and universities to make student centers compatible with traditional family values. To guarantee the integrity of the election process, Huberty supported picture identification of voters casting a ballot but did not vote on the House-Senate conference report.[9] The law finally took effect in October 2013 and was used widely without incident in the primaries on March 4, 2014.[13] In 2013, Huberty supported related legislation to forbid a voter from turning in multiple ballots.[9]

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 Huberty 60 percent favorable in 2013 but only 44 percent in in 2011. The Young Conservatives of Texas gave him a cumulative score in 2013 of 65 percent. The interest group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility rated Huberty 49 percent favorable in 2013 and 63 percent in 2011. The Texas Association of Business awarded him a cumulative score of 86 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 79 percent in 2013; the Sierra Club, 38 percent in 2011. The National Rifle Association scored Huberty 92 percent in 2012 and letter-grade "A" in his previous term.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dan Huberty's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dan Huberty". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "State Rep. Dan Huberty District 127 (R-Houston)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Republican runoff election returns, April 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "General election returns, November 2, 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cody D. Pogue". intelius.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Dan Huberty's Voting Records". votesmart.org. 
  10. ^ M. Fernandez (June 25, 2013). "Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Dan Huberty's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Legislative Session: 83 (R) Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Texas Voter ID Officially Takes Effect, October 21, 2013". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
Political offices
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Crabb
Texas State Representative from District 127 (Harris County)

Daniel G. "Dan" Huberty
2011–

Succeeded by
Incumbent