Matt Krause

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Matthew Haston "Matt" Krause
Texas State Representative from District 93 (part of Tarrant County)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Barbara Parrish Nash
Personal details
Born (1980-08-19) August 19, 1980 (age 33)
Tyler, Smith County, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jennie Sue Napier Krause
Children Jeremiah, Hannah Sue, and James Reagan Krause
Residence Fort Worth, Tarrant County
Texas
Alma mater San Diego Christian College

Liberty University School of Law

Occupation Lawyer and political activist
Religion Southern Baptist

Matthew Haston Krause, known as Matt Krause (born August 19, 1980)[1] is a lawyer from Fort Worth, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 93, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth.[2]

Considered one of the most conservative of all current Texas legislators, Krause was first elected in 2012 and is unopposed for a second two-year term in the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

born in Tyler in Smith County in East Texas. Krause is the son of a Baptist pastor and a schoolteacher mother. He lived for a time as a child in Ranger in Eastland County and Whitehouse in Smith County before his parents moved the family to San Antonio. He attended Thousand Oaks Elementary School and graduated in 1998 from the Castle Hills First Baptist School in suburban Castle Hills, where his mother was a faculty member. In his senior year Krause, who played mostly basketball, was named the "Greater San Antonio Male Athlete of the Year" by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.[4]

After high school, Krause attended San Diego Christian College in Santee in suburban San Diego, California, where his basketball skills brought his team in his sophomore year to the Final 4 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He carried both athletic and academic scholarship by the time he graduated. Thereafter, Krause, who had married the former Jennie Sue Napier while in college, enrolled and subsequently graduated in 2007 in the inaugural class of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia. Krause worked on the Law Review and the Moot Court program and graduated third in his class.[4]

The Krauses are members of the Glenview Baptist Church in Fort Worth.[4]They have three children, Jeremiah (born 2007), Hannah Sue (born 2008), and James Reagan Krause (born 2012).[3]

Political life[edit]

After law school, Krause opened a Texas office of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization devoted to the sanctity of human life, religious liberties, and the traditional family. It was this venture which brought the Krauses to Fort Worth. He became a precinct chairman for the Tarrant County Republican Party and worked to draw voters in both primary and general elections cycles. He is president of the Northwest Tarrant Republican Club. He also works to cement the bond between the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement.[4]

Krause first ran for the state House in District 99 in the 2010 Republican primary, when he was defeated by the long-term incumbent and still-serving Charlie Geren, 8,037 (57.6 percent) to 5,915 (42.4 percent).[5]

In the May 29, 2012 Republican primary, Krause ran in his current District 93 against the one-term incumbent Barbara Parrish Nash (born c. 1944), a former school board and city council member in Arlington and a third candidate, Patricia "Pat" Carlson. Krause won the nomination without need for a runoff with 3,098 votes (50.7 percent).[6] In 2010, Nash had unseated the Democrat Paula Pierson, by 431 votes, 49.3 percent to 47.6 percent.[7] In the November 6, 2012 general election, Krause defeated the Democrat Shane Hardin and the Libertarian Party Bruce Beckman. He polled 29,527 votes (58.9 percent) to Hardin's 18,797 (37.5 percent), and Beckman's 1,768 (3.5 percent).[8]

Krause is a member of the House committees of (1) County Affairs and (2) Special Purpose Districts, the same assignments as his District 92 colleague, Jonathan Stickland.[3]

Legislative positions[edit]

A pro-life legislator, Krause 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 Krause 87 percent favorable.[11]

Krause voted against the legislation to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure nevertheless 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. Krause voted against the "equal pay for women" measure, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-61.[9]

Krause sponsored the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He sponsored related 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. He voted against term limits for certain state officials. He voted against the bill to prohibit texting while driving. 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 Krause 100 percent favorable; the Young Conservatives of Texas, 95 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 50 percent; a similar group Environment Texas rated him 37 percent. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated him 100 percent. The Texas Association of Business scored Krause 73 percent. The National Rifle Association scored Krause 92 percent, based on candidate statements in 2012.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Matt Krause (R-TX 93rd District)". Texas Library Association. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Matt Krause". Texas Legislative Reference Library. 
  3. ^ a b c "Matt Krause's Biography". votesmart.com. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "State Rep. Matt Krause, District 93 (R-Fort Worth)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2010 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (House District 92)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "General election returns, November 2, 2010 (House District 92)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (House District 93)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Matt Krause'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 "Matt Krause's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Barbara Parrish Nash
Texas State Representative from District 93 (part of Tarrant County)

Matthew Haston "Matt" Krause
2013–

Succeeded by
Incumbent