Jonathan Stickland

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Jonathan Spence Stickland
Texas State Representative from District 92 (part of Tarrant County)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Todd Smith
Personal details
Born (1983-09-04) September 4, 1983 (age 30)
Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Krissy Stickland (married 2006)
Children Andi and Carli Stickland
Residence Bedford, Tarrant County
Texas
Alma mater Tarrant County College

Parkland College

Occupation Businessman
Religion Southern Baptist

Jonathan Spence Stickland (born September 4, 1983)[1] is a businessman from Bedford, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth.[2]

Considered perhaps the most conservative of all current Texas legislators,[3] Stickland was first elected in 2012 and is seeking a second two-year term in the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014. He faces the Democrat Tina Penney.[4]

Background[edit]

In 1988, Stickland's parents moved the family from his native Plano in Collin County to Hurst in Tarrant County, where he attended W. A. Porter Elementary School and Smithfield Middle School. He enrolled for his freshman year at Richland High School and then for two years at the newly opened Birdville High School of the Birdville Independent School District, both in North Richland Hills in Tarrant County. Stickland dropped out sometime between his junior and senior year in high school. According to a couple of former teachers and students, Stickland was a disruptive student and showed no interest in engaging in higher learning.

Stickland entered the community college, Tarrant County College, and also Parkland College, in which he studied sales and marketing.[5] It is unknown if he received a college diploma.

After college study, Stickland went to work in the pest-control business. He took a full-time sales position with Truly Nolen Pest Control and then as manager of residential accounts for Prime Pest Management, both in Fort Worth. He obtained a pest control state technician license and launched his own consulting business, which he still operates.

Stickland and his wife, Krissy, met in church. Since 2008, they have been members of the First Baptist Church of Hurst, where he teaches Sunday school and plays on the men's softball team. The Sticklands have two daughters, Andi Michelle and Carli Anne.[4]

Political life[edit]

Elections and House committees[edit]

When the incumbent Republican Representative Todd Smith did not seek reelection in 2012, Stickland defeated Roger Fisher, 6,332 votes (60.2 percent) to 4,190 (39.8 percent) in the Republican primary election held on May 29, 2012.[6] In the general election on November 6, 2012, in conjunction with the U.S. presidential race, Stickland faced no Democratic opponent and defeated the Libertarian Party nominee, Sean D. Fatzinger (born c. 1978) of Fort Worth, 37,084 votes (80.7 percent) to 8,884 (19.3 percent).[7]

In the Republican primary election held on March 4, 2014, Stickland easily defeated a moderate establishment challenger, Andy Cargile (born 1946), a retired principal and school district trustee. Julie McCarty, president of the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party movement, which supports Stickland, said that the difference between the two candidates is "night and day ... They might as well be in different parties."[3] Stickland handily defeated Cargile, 7,612 votes (65 percent) to 4,102 votes (35 percent).[8]

Stickland supports and is campaigning for Chart Westcott in the run-off election for the Texas State House 108th District that will be held May 27, 2014.

Stickland is a member of the House committees of (1) County Affairs and (2) Special Purpose Districts.[4]

Legislative positions[edit]

A pro-life legislator, Stickland supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He co-sponsored companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers,[9] a law that the opponents claim could shut down many abortion clinics. 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 Republican Greg Abbott.[10] The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Stickland 78 percent favorable.[11]

Stickland voted against the legislation to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure passed the House, 73-58. He co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He voted for the extension of the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses, which passed the House 117-24. He voted against the adoption of the biennial 2013 state budget. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation. Stickland voted against the "equal pay for women" measure, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-61.[9]

Stickland co-sponsored the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He also co-sponsored legislation to permit college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. He voted to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit in Texas. He backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Stickland voted for term limits for certain state officials. In the name of election integrity, he voted for legislation to forbid one individual from turning in multiple ballots.[9]

Interest group ratings[edit]

In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Stickland 100 percent favorable; the Young Conservatives of Texas, 97 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 38 percent; a similar group Environment Texas rated him 12 percent. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated him 100 percent. The National Rifle Association scored Stickland 92 percent.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-TX 92nd District)". Texas Library Association. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Stickland". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Jim Malewitz, In Stickland Re-election Bid, a Fiercely Divided GOP, January 30, 2014". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jonathan Stickland's Biography". votesmart.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, District 92 (R-Bedford)". The Texas Tribune. 
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (House District 92)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (House District 92)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014 (House District 92)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Jonathan Stickland's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  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 "Jonathan Stickland's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Smith
Texas State Representative from District 92 (part of Tarrant County)

Jonathan Spence Stickland
2013–

Succeeded by
Incumbent