Ken King

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Kenneth Paul "Ken" King
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 88th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Jim Landtroop
Personal details
Born (1971-12-28) December 28, 1971 (age 42)
Canadian, Hemphill County
Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rhonda King
Residence Canadian, Texas
Occupation Oil and natural gas businessman
Religion United Methodist

Kenneth Paul King, known as Ken King (born December 28, 1971), is a first-term Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 88 in the Texas Panhandle.

On July 31, 2012, King, a native of Canadian, Texas, defeated in a runoff election incumbent one-term Republican Jim Landtroop, an insurance agent from Plainview. King received 7,541 votes (54 percent) to Landtroop's 6,426 ballots (46 percent).[1] The runoff was required because of the unsuccessful candidacy of a third candidate, former State Representative Gary Walker. The 2011 legislative redistricting removed Landtroop's Hale County from his District 85 in the South Plains and placed him in otherwise all new territory in the reconfigured District 88, previously represented by Republican Warren Chisum of Pampa.[2]

In his campaign against Landtroop, King had the financial backing of Salem Abraham, with whom he served on the board of the Canadian Independent School District. King vacated the presidency of the school board upon his election to the House. A commodities trader, Abraham is the grandson of former Representative Malouf Abraham of Canadian, a Republican who served in the state House from 1967 to 1971. Abraham is an heir to his grandfather's oil and natural gas fortune and is a local philanthropist in Canadian.[2]

A businessman engaged in the oil and gas industry, King resides with his wife, Rhonda Renell King, in Canadian, the county seat of Hemphill County. His parents are Karl L. and Paulette King. He is United Methodist.[3]

King serves on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and Public Education committees.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Secretary of State official election results, July 31, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Race for Chisum's House Seat Heating Up, August 24, 2011". legislativequeery.com. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "State Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian)". texastribune.org. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Landtroop
Texas State Representative from District 88 (Panhandle and South Plains)

Kenneth P. "Ken" King
2013–

Succeeded by
Incumbent in reconfigured district