|Jonathan Spence Stickland|
|Texas State Representative from District 92 (part of Tarrant County)|
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Todd Smith|
September 4, 1983 |
Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
|Spouse(s)||Krissy Stickland (married 2006)|
|Residence||Bedford, Tarrant County
|Alma mater||Parkland College|
Jonathan Spence Stickland (born September 4, 1983) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth. He is running for re-election in 2016.
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 ended up leaving high school between his junior and senior year and obtained his G.E.D.
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. The Sticklands have two daughters, Andie and Carlie.
Elections and House committees
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. 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).
In the Republican primary election held on March 4, 2014, Stickland defeated challenger Andy Cargile (born 1946), a retired principal and school district trustee, 7,612 votes (65 percent) to 4,102 votes (35 percent).
Stickland is a member of the House committees of (1) County Affairs and (2) Special Purpose Districts.
An anti-abortion 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, a law that the opponents claim could shut down many abortion clinics. These issues brought forth a filibuster in the Texas State Senate by Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth. The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Stickland 78 percent favorable, presenting him with a "Former Fetus" wall plaque which was briefly displayed on the wall outside Stickland's office at the Capitol building.
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.
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. 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. He voted for legislation to forbid one individual from turning in multiple ballots.
Conservative group ratings
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.
2016 re-election campaign
In the Republican primary on March 1, 2016, Stickland faced opposition in his bid for a third term from Scott Weston Fisher, the senior pastor since 2000 of the Metroplex Chapel in Euless, who carried the backing of former Governor Rick Perry, who in 2008 appointed Fisher to the Texas Youth Commission. Stickland defeated Fisher in the primary election with 58% of the vote.
In late December 2015, past comments Stickland had made on online forums generated controversy in the midst of his primary campaign against fellow Republican Scott Fisher. Stickland apologized for the online comments.
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- Campaign website
- Jonathan Stickland at Ballotpedia
- Jonathan Stickland at Texas House of Representatives
- Jonathan Stickland at Texas Tribune
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas State Representative from
District 92 (part of Tarrant County)
Jonathan Spence Stickland