|Tracy Ogden King|
|Texas State Representative from District 80|
|Preceded by||Pedro G. Nieto|
November 9, 1960 |
Place of birth missing
|Spouse(s)||Cheryl Baker King|
Katelyn Marie King
Zavala County, Texas
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
Tracy Ogden King (born November 9, 1960) is a businessman from Batesville, Texas, who has been since 1995 a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 80. Beginning in January 2013, the revised District 80 includes these counties south of San Antonio: Dimmit, Frio, Uvalde, Zapata, Zavala plus the rural portions of Webb County outside Laredo.
King is one of only five Anglo Democrats in the 2015 Texas House; there are two others in the Texas State Senate, Kirk Watson of Austin and John Whitmire of Houston. He is the only Anglo Democrat from a heavily rural district. By contrast, there were eighty-five Anglo Democrats in the House in 1985, eighty-three in 1987, with fifty-six of those from primarily rural areas.
King was initially elected to the House on November 8, 1994, when he unseated the one-term Democrat-turned-Republican incumbent Pedro G. Nieto. King received 15,072 votes (61.8 percent) to Nieto's 9,321 (38.2 percent).
With his 2014 victory, King has been elected to a total of ten two-year terms.
King graduated from Carrizo Springs High School in Carrizo Springs, the seat of Dimmit County. He then attended Southwest Texas Junior College, and Texas A&M University at College Station, from which he received his Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering.
In the House, King is the chairman of the powerful House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock; a member of the Natural Resources Committee; He is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee and the Energy Council.
Election of 2012
King handily won renomination in the Democratic primary election held on May 29, 2012. In his forthcoming tenth term, King pledges to work further for expanded job opportunities, health care, public education, and veterans benefits. He also said that he opposes state tax increases and will pursue ways to improve the business climate in south Texas.
In the primary, King faced Jerry Garza (born 1976), a former two-term member from District 3 of the Webb County Commissioner's Court, a former television reporter for KGNS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Laredo, and a former faculty member at Laredo Community College, where he began his own college studies. Garza had sought to become the second Democrat from Laredo in the state House. Garza, meanwhile, announced that he is returning in 2013 to television news reporting.
Through April 18, 2012, King amassed $74,350 in campaign contributions, compared to $4,800 for Garza. Only 15 percent of King's contributions came from within District 80, but he did receive a contribution from wealthy Laredo businessman Steve LaMantia. Garza said that most of King's contributions came from lobbyists and political action committees beyond the district.
After he defeated Garza in the primary, King ran unopposed in the November 6 general election.
|Year||Type of Election||% of Votes Won|
|2008||Democratic Party Primary Election||100.00|
|2006||Democratic Party Primary Election||100.00|
|2004||Democratic Primary Election||2000||General Election||100.00|
|2000||Democratic Party Primary Election||63.82|
|1996||Democratic Party Primary Election||100.00|
|1994||Democratic Primary Election||51.97|
|1992||Democratic Primary Runoff Election||Lost 48.61|
|1992||Democratic Primary Election||Runoff 34.55|
- "Tracy O. King files for re-election". campaignsitebuilder.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- Jonathan Tilove, "Only seven white Democrats left", Laredo Morning Times, November 10, 2014, p. 9A
- Gary Scharrer, "Election trends reflect change", Laredo Morning Times, January 5, 2013, pp. 1, 14A
- "Texas general election returns, November 8, 1994". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "TX. Rep. Tracy King Biography". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "About Tracy King". Tracy O. King for Texas. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Mikaela Rodriguez, "[Jerry Garza] to return to television news", Laredo Morning Times, December 17, 2012, p. 3A
- Andrew Kreighbaum, "King's funds outdo Garza's", Laredo Morning Times, May 3, 2012, pp. 1, 10A
|Texas House of Representatives|
Pedro G. Nieto
|Texas State Representative from District 80 (south of San Antonio)
Tracy Ogden King