|Kenneth Paul "Ken" King|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 88th district
|Preceded by||Jim Landtroop|
December 28, 1971 |
Canadian, Hemphill County
|Occupation||Oil and natural gas businessman|
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). 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.
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.
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.
King serves on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and Public Education committees.
- "Texas Secretary of State official election results, July 31, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "Race for Chisum's House Seat Heating Up, August 24, 2011". legislativequeery.com. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "State Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian)". texastribune.org. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas State Representative from District 88 (Panhandle and South Plains)
Kenneth P. "Ken" King
Incumbent in reconfigured district
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