Dan Huberty

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Daniel G. "Dan" Huberty
Texas State Representative from District 127 (Harris County)
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Joe Crabb
Personal details
Born (1968-06-21) June 21, 1968 (age 48)
Parma, Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janet Marie Etterman Huberty
Children Three children
Residence Humble, Harris County, Texas
Alma mater

Cleveland State University

University of Phoenix
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Daniel G. Huberty, known as Dan Huberty (born June 21, 1968),[1] is a businessman from Humble, Texas, a suburb of Houston, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. Since 2011, he has with relatively little opposition represented District 127 in Harris County.[2]

Huberty ran unopposed for his third term in the state House in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] and won again for his fourth term in the Republican primary held on March 1, 2016.[3]

Background[edit]

Huberty is a native of Parma in Cuyahoga County east of Cleveland in northern Ohio. In 1991, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. In 1998, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from the on-line University of Phoenix. Huberty currently serves as President of MVP REIT, a real estate investment trust where he works to acquire income-producing parking assets. His business expertise has allowed him to work across a variety of sectors, from oil and gas to local real estate. The majority of Huberty’s previous work was in the parking industry, most recently serving as an Executive Vice President for a large parking company, but he has also served as a Vice President for a natural gas fueling company.

He is a member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International in Humble, and the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic men's organization.

Huberty and his wife, the former Janet Marie Etterman (born c. 1968), have three children, Brianna, Ryan, and Dylan. They are members of the Saint Martha's Catholic Church parish in Walden, Texas.[4]

Political life[edit]

From 2006 to 2010, Huberty was an elected trustee of the nonpartisan Humble Independent School District. He was the board president from 2009 to 2010.[1] During his tenure as school board president, Humble ISD was ranked as having four of the worst schools in Texas.[5]

When Republican Representative Joe Crabb declined to seek reelection in 2010, Huberty and three others entered the primary election to choose a successor. Huberty nearly won the post outright with 7,465 votes (48.8 percent). He was forced into a runoff election with anesthesiologist Susan Dobbs Curling (born 1957) of Kingwood, another Houston suburb, who received 3,063 votes (20 percent). Two other candidates, businesswoman Addie Sturgeon Wiseman (born 1963) and physician Martin C. Basaldua (born 1951), also of Humble, held the remaining 31.3 percent of the vote.[6] Huberty then defeated Curling, 6,003 (70.8 percent) to 2,480 (29.2 percent).[7] In the general election, Huberty handily defeated the Democrat Joe A. Montemayor, 37,725 (75.3 percent) to 12,406 (24.7 percent).[8]

In the 2012 general election, Huberty defeated the Democrat Cody D. Pogue (born c. 1982), an organizer in 2010 for former mayor of Houston, Bill White, who ran for governor against Rick Perry.[9] Huberty received 45,813 votes (70.2 percent) to Pogue's 19,435 (29.8 percent).[10]

Huberty serves on the Pension and State Affairs committees.[1]  He is now the Chairman of Public Education committee.[11]

Legislative voting records[edit]

Representative Huberty in 2013 supported the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He also voted for companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers,[12] a move which opponents said could lead to the closure of many abortion clinics in the state. 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 the Republican Greg Abbott.[13] In 2011, Huberty supported two other anti-abortion measures. One forbids state funding of agencies which perform abortions. The other requires that a woman undergo a sonogram before procuring an abortion. This legislation is based on the view that a woman could change her mind about an abortion once she witnesses the development of the unborn child through the latest technology.[12] Despite his support for these measures, the Texas Right to Life Committee, according to Project Vote Smart, rated Huberty only 41 percent favorable in 2013 but 71 percent in 2011.[14]

Huberty voted to establish the tax-payer funded school breakfast program. He supported legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He co-sponsored the successful bill to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. Huberty voted for the adoption of the biennial state budgets in both 2013 and 2011 budget. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation.[12]

Huberty supported the bill to prohibit the state government from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He voted to allow college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in buildings and vehicles in the name of campus security. He supported the bill to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit. He backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. He voted for term limits for certain state officials. He voted against the bill to prohibit texting while driving.[12] Huberty supported an "equal pay for women" bill, which passed the Legislature but was vetoed by Governor Perry.[15]

In 2011, Huberty voted against a resolution to reduce funding for state agencies. He joined a small minority of House members in voting against the establishment of a sales tax on Internet transactions to match existing laws for brick and mortar stores; the measure passed the House 125-20. Huberty voted against e bill to prohibit smoking in public places. He voted to establish eligibility for indigent health care. He voted to permit corporal punishment in public schools; the bill passed the House, 80-64. Huberty voted to require colleges and universities to make student centers compatible with traditional family values. To guarantee the integrity of the election process, Huberty supported picture identification of voters casting a ballot but did not vote on the House-Senate conference report.[12] The law finally took effect in October 2013 and was used widely without incident in the primaries on March 4, 2014.[16] In 2013, Huberty supported related legislation to forbid a voter from turning in multiple ballots.[12]

After his re-election in 2012, Huberty returned to Austin, where he was once again appointed to serve on the Public Education and State Affairs committees. Having honed his legislative skills in the last session, Huberty filed and passed much more legislation in this 83rd Session. He was successful in passing more than fourteen bills that addressed over-testing of our students in grades 3 – 8; sales options for co-generation facilities, and prohibiting the use of Common Core Curriculum in Texas schools. Huberty was also vital in the passage of several pieces of historic legislation like The Foundation High School Program, which completely overhauled graduation requirements by setting students on real paths to employment and decreasing the number of end-of-year tests.

During the first special session in 2013, Huberty was also appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Redistricting. Alongside 17 other House members, he worked to address the constitutional questions surrounding the redistricting maps drawn by the legislature.

Huberty was also appointed to the Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures & Finance. He and eight other members met multiple times throughout the Interim to hear testimony from on a variety of issues like the reliability of current funding sources, the use of debt in transportation financing and use of the state highway fund for other agencies.

In 2017, Representative Huberty sponsored legislation to expand the number of days in which fireworks can be legally sold to include Easter, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day. In all, some ninety days would be available for fireworks under the Huberty-sponsored legislation. Texas municipalities, however, can ban fireworks sales within their jurisdictions. Until 2016, fireworks had been limited to American Independence Day and New Years' Day.[17]

In 2017, Huberty, chairman of the House Education Committee, declared dead for the next two years a conservative proposal to establish school vouchers in Texas.[18] As Huberty had predicted the House on April 6 rejected a voucher proposal, 103-44, despite early support for vouchers in the Texas State Senate.[19]

Videotape Controversy[edit]

In October 2015, the American Phoenix Foundation released a hidden camera video allegedly showing an intoxicated Representative Huberty after just leaving the Texas House floor. The video was posted on YouTube[20] and written about by Empower Texans, Breitbart, The Blaze and the Huffington Post.

According to the account of the video by Empower Texans:[21] “Huberty drunkenly curses an APF reporter, calling him a “f*****g hack,” an “a*****e” and other derogatory names. At the conclusion of the video, while shouting expletives, Huberty fights against his own staff and three DPS officers in an attempt to physically accost the reporter. His staff are forced to repeatedly admonish the representative that, “it’s not worth it” as he is dragged back to his office.”

Legislative Ratings & Awards[edit]

The National Rifle Association scored Huberty 92 percent in 2012 and letter-grade "A" in his previous term.[14] The Conservative Roundtable of Texas named Huberty a 2015 Effective Conservative Lawmaker.[22] The Texas PTA awarded Huberty the Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 2015 84th Legislative Session.[23] Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Huberty the 2015 Haden McKay, MD Citizen of the Year Award for more than a decade of service in the community anchored by his passion for education.[24] Empower Texans scored Huberty with an "F" rating on fiscal responsibility.[25] He received a rating of 67% from Americans for Prosperity Texas[26] and a 55% by Texas Eagle Forum.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dan Huberty's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dan Huberty". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dan Huberty - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  4. ^ "State Rep. Dan Huberty District 127 (R-Houston)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2009/12/the-worst-schools-in-texas/
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Republican runoff election returns, April 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "General election returns, November 2, 2010 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cody D. Pogue". intelius.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (House District 127)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Huberty Named Chairman of Public Education Committee". Dan Huberty. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Dan Huberty's Voting Records". votesmart.org. 
  13. ^ M. Fernandez (June 25, 2013). "Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Dan Huberty's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Legislative Session: 83 (R) Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Texas Voter ID Officially Takes Effect, October 21, 2013". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Don't extend sale period for fireworks" (editorial), San Antonio Express-News, January 7, 2016, p. A12
  18. ^ "House ed panel chairman declares vouchers dead", San Antonio Express-News, March 1, 2017, p. 1.
  19. ^ "School Vouchers Went Down to Defeat In Texas GOP-Led House Big Time, 103-44". Dailykos.com. April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkR4TTsQkwA
  21. ^ http://www.empowertexans.com/features/caught-on-tape-intoxicated-legislator-restrained-by-dps-and-staff/
  22. ^ "Conservative Roundtable of Texas: 2015 Conservative Effectiveness Index". Conservative Roundtable of Texas: 2015 Conservative Effectiveness Index. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  23. ^ "Honor Roll Recipients - Texas PTA - every child. one voice.". Texas PTA - every child. one voice. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  24. ^ "Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative Dist. 127 Named 2015 Haden McKay MD Citizen of the Year - Lake Houston Area | Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce". web.lakehouston.org. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  25. ^ http://www.empowertexans.com/representative/dan-huberty/
  26. ^ https://votesmart.org/interest-group/833/rating/7382#.Vrvm5JMrJBx
  27. ^ https://votesmart.org/interest-group/661/rating/8619#.VrvnU5MrJBw
Political offices
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Crabb
Texas State Representative from District 127 (Harris County)

Daniel G. "Dan" Huberty
2011–

Succeeded by
Incumbent