Kip Averitt

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Kip Averitt
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
2002 – March 8, 2010
Preceded by David Sibley
Succeeded by Brian Birdwell
Personal details
Born (1954-10-31) October 31, 1954 (age 62)
Crane, Crane County
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ginger
Residence McGregor, Texas
Alma mater Baylor University
Profession Tax consultant
Religion Baptist

Barry Kip Averitt (born 31 October 1954)[1] is a former Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 22nd District, which includes Ellis and McLennan counites. He was renominated in the primary election held on March 2, 2010, having polled 37,682 votes (60.1 percent) to his intraparty rival, Darren Yancy, who received 25,028 ballots (39.9 percent).[2]

His Senate biography indicates that he was born in West Texas in Crane in Crane County, near Odessa, Texas. gives his birthplace as Ector County, of which Odessa is the seat of government. It is probable therefore that his parents were living in Crane at the time of his birth and that he was born in a hospital in Odessa. Averitt is a graduate of Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, where he now resides. Averitt's native Crane County is named for William Carey Crane, a former president of Baylor.

Averitt inserted language into HB 2649 outlawing the profession of theatrical or architectural lighting designer unless licensed as an engineer, electrician, architect, or interior designer.[3]

Averitt stepped down from his seat on March 8, 2010, citing health problems.[4]

In the June 22, 2010, special election, to complete Averitt's current term, fellow Republican conservative Brian Birdwell of Granbury defeated Averitt's predecessor in the post, David Sibley of Waco, also a Republican. Birdwell led by some 4,ooo votes. Sibley was endorsed by former U.S. President George W. Bush, a resident of the senatorial district, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and U.S. Representative Joe Barton.

Birdwell, meanwhile, is unopposed in the November 2 general election because his Democratic opponent withdrew from the race in September.

Election history[edit]

Senate election history of Averitt.[5]

Most recent election[edit]


Texas general election, 2006: Senate District 22[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kip Averitt (Incumbent) 112,765 80.60 +13.22
Libertarian Phil Smart 27,141 19.40 +19.40
Majority 85,624 61.20 +26.45
Turnout 139,906 -11.38
Republican hold

Previous elections[edit]


Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 22[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kip Averitt 106,371 67.38 -32.62
Democratic Richard "Richie" J. Renschler, Jr. 51,506 32.62 +32.62
Majority 54,865 34.75 -65.25
Turnout 157,877 +88.10
Republican hold
Republican primary, 2002: Senate District 22[8]
Candidate Votes % ±
Kip Averitt 20,074 57.63
Ed Harrison 14,758 42.37
Majority 5,316 15.26
Turnout 34,832


  1. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (Texas) (2002-09-13). "State Senate Candidates for 2002 General Election". Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2, 2010". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lighting and Sound America Online:
  4. ^
  5. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
  6. ^ "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  7. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  8. ^ "2002 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-04. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Betty Denton
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 56 (McGregor)

Succeeded by
Holt Getterman
Texas Senate
Preceded by
David Sibley
Texas State Senator
from District 22 (McGregor)

Succeeded by
Brian Birdwell