Jim Keffer

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James Lloyd "Jim" Keffer
Texas State Representative from District 60 (Eastland County)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1997
Preceded by John R. Cook
Personal details
Born (1953-01-20) January 20, 1953 (age 61)
San Angelo, Tom Green County
Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Leslie Keffer
Children Three sons
Residence Eastland, Eastland County
Texas
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Occupation Businessman
Religion Baptist

James Lloyd "Jim" Keffer (born January 20, 1953) is a businessman from Eastland, Texas, who is a current Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 60, which includes Eastland County located east of Abilene, as well as Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Shackelford, Stephens Palo Pinto, and Hood counties.[1]

Keffer was born in San Angelo in Tom Green County in West Texas.[2] A lifelong Republican, Keffer is a former Eastland County GOP chairman.[3] A graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Keffer is president of EBAA Iron Sales in Eastland. He was initially elected to the House in 1996. As of 2013, he was the chairman of the House Committee on Energy Resources and a member of the Natural Resources and Redistricting committees.[2] Keffer previously served as chairman of the House Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee.

In 2011, Texas Monthly magazine named Keffer one of the "Top Ten Legislators" in the state.[citation needed] In 2010, he co-founded the "Debt Busters Program" for the Texas Republican Party, an endeavor that brought solvency to party coffers under the administration of GOP state chairman Steve Munisteri.

He was named a "Lone Star Conservative Leader" because of his pro-business voting record.[citation needed][4]

Keffer has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher in the First Baptist Church of Eastland, past president of the Eastland Little League and is active with economic development through his local Chamber of Commerce. Keffer and his wife, Leslie, who married c. 1975, have three sons and two grandchildren.

Keffer was initially elected to the Texas House in 1996, when he narrowly unseated the Democratic incument John R. Cook, 21,922 (50.6 percent) to 21,409 (49.4 percent).[5] Keffer was reelected without opposition to a ninth House term in the general election held on November 6, 2012.[6]

In the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, Keffer won re-nomination with 14,160 votes (56.3 percent) against his lone opponent, Cullen Crisp, who received 10,992 votes (43.7 percent).[7]

Keffer's younger brother, William R. "Bill" Keffer, a Dallas lawyer who was born in Upton County in 1958, was from 2003 to 2007 a member of the Texas House from District 107 in the Lake Highlands section of northern Dallas County.[8] Bill Keffer lost a Republican runoff election in District 114 on July 31, 2012, to Jason Villalba, a Dallas lawyer who then won the seat in the general election over the Democrat former Representative Carol Kent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Representative Jim Keffer's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://texasconservativeroundtable.com/2012-scorecards
  5. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 5, 1996". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 6, 2012". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bill Keffer". lr.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
John R. Cook
Texas State Representative from District 60 (Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens counties)

James Lloyd "Jim" Keffer
1997–

Succeeded by
Incumbent