Stephanie Klick

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Stephanie Diane Baumgardner Klick
Texas State Representative from District 91 (Tarrant County)
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Kelly Hancock
Personal details
Born (1956-08-19) August 19, 1956 (age 60)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County
Texas
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donald James Klick (born c. 1951)
Children

Donald Klick Jr.
Adam Ryan Klick

David Russell Klick
Residence Fort Worth, Tarrant County
Texas
Alma mater

Nolan Catholic High School

Texas Christian University
Occupation

Business consultant

Registered nurse

Stephanie D. Baumgardner Klick (born August 19, 1956)[1] is a medical business consultant from Fort Worth, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 91, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County.[2]

First elected in 2012, Klick sought a second two-year term in the general election held on November 4, 2014. She faced the Democrat David Ragan, of Richland Hills.[3]

Background[edit]

Born Stephanie Diane Baumgardner, she attended Nolan Catholic High School in her native Fort Worth.[4] In 1981, Klick received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. A registered nurse, she works as a case manager to coordinate the care of those with catastrophic injuries. She is a compliance consultant for long-term care facilities handling the developmentally disabled. She is also a consultant for a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice defense cases.[5]

In 2005, Klick was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Tarrant County, a position she held for six years. For the preceding five years, she was the party vice-chairman.[5]

She married Donald James Klick (born c. 1951), a real estate owner on 10 November 1979 in Zephyr Cove, NV. The two reared their family, including sons Donald Klick Jr, Adam Ryan Klick and David Russell Klick, in the Azle section of Tarrant County prior to moving into Fort Worth.[5][6]

Political life[edit]

When the incumbent Republican Representative Kelly Hancock did not seek reelection in 2012, Klick and three other party members entered the primary election. With 3,777 votes (39.9 percent) Kenneth Martin "Ken" Sapp led the field, followed by Klick, with 3,026 (31.9 percent). Two other candidates held a critical 28 percent of the ballots cast.[7]In the runoff election, Klick prevailed, 4,671 (53.8 percent) to Sapp's 4,007 (46.2 percent).[8]Klick faced no opposition in the general election held on November 6, 2012, in conjunction with the 2012 presidential election.

Klick serves on the House committees of (1) Elections, (2) Human Services, and (3) Rules and Resolutions.[3]

Legislative positions[edit]

A pro-life legislator, Klick supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. She also supported companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers.[9] 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 Klick 85 percent favorable.[11]

Considered a strongly conservative legislator, Klick voted against the legislation to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure passed the House, 73-58. She co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. She co-sponsored the extension of the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses, which passed the House 117-24. She voted against the adoption of the biennial state budget. Klick voted against the bill to prohibit texting while driving, which nevertheless passed the House, 97-45. She voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation. Klick voted against the "equal pay for women" measure, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-61.[9]

Klick co-sponsored the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. She co-sponsored legislation to permit college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. She voted to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit in Texas. She backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Klick voted against term limits for certain state officials. In the name of election integrity, she 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 Klick 93 percent favorable; the Young Conservatives of Texas, 88 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated her 43 percent; a similar group Environment Texas rated her 25 percent. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated her 99 percent; the Texas Association of Business scored her 73 percent. The National Rifle Association scored Klick 92 percent.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-TX 91st District)". Texas Library Association. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stephanie Klick". Texas Legislative Reference Library. 
  3. ^ a b "Stephanie Klick's Biography". votesmart.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Stephanie Klick". Facebook. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "State Rep. Stephanie Klick, District 91 (R-Fort Worth)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stephanie B. Klick". intelius.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (District 91)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Republican runoff election returns, July 31, 2012 (District 91)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Stephanie Klick's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 17, 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 "Stephanie Klick's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kelly Hancock
Texas State Representative from District 91 (Tarrant County)

Stephanie B. Klick
2013–

Succeeded by
Incumbent