Tracy King

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Tracy Ogden King
Texas State Representative from District 80
Assumed office
Preceded by Pedro G. Nieto
Personal details
Born (1960-11-09) November 9, 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth missing
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cheryl Baker King

Katelyn Marie King

Clayton Baker King
Residence Batesville
Zavala County, Texas
Alma mater

Southwest Texas Junior College

Texas A&M University
Occupation Businessman
Religion United Methodist

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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).[4]

With his 2014 victory, King has been elected to a total of ten two-year terms.[5]


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.[6]

In 1983, King was employed by the Beltone Hearing Aid Center in San Antonio, which serves sixteen counties in southwestern Texas. King purchased the Beltone center in 1987 and sold it in 2008.[5]

King and his wife, the former Cheryl Baker, originally from Hondo, the seat of Medina County, have two children, Katelyn Marie King and Clayton Baker King.[1]

King is a former trustee of the First United Methodist Church. He is a past president of the Uvalde Kiwanis Club. He is a former president of the Texas Hearing Aid Association.[6]

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.[6]

Election of 2012[edit]

King handily won renomination in the Democratic primary election held on May 29, 2012.[7] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

After he defeated Garza in the primary, King ran unopposed in the November 6 general election.

Overall Elections[edit]

Year Type of Election  % of Votes Won
2008 General Election 100.00
2008 Democratic Party Primary Election 100.00
2006 General Election 100.00
2006 Democratic Party Primary Election 100.00
2004 General Election 100.00
2004 Democratic Primary Election 2000 General Election 100.00
2000 Democratic Party Primary Election 63.82
1998 General Election 100.00
1998 Democratic Primary 100.00
1996 General Election 100.00
1996 Democratic Party Primary Election 100.00
1994 General Election 61.79
1994 Democratic Primary Election 51.97
1992 Democratic Primary Runoff Election Lost 48.61
1992 Democratic Primary Election Runoff 34.55



  1. ^ a b "Tracy O. King files for re-election". Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Tilove, "Only seven white Democrats left", Laredo Morning Times, November 10, 2014, p. 9A
  3. ^ Gary Scharrer, "Election trends reflect change", Laredo Morning Times, January 5, 2013, pp. 1, 14A
  4. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 8, 1994". Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "TX. Rep. Tracy King Biography". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "About Tracy King". Tracy O. King for Texas. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Re-election". 
  8. ^ Mikaela Rodriguez, "[Jerry Garza] to return to television news", Laredo Morning Times, December 17, 2012, p. 3A
  9. ^ Andrew Kreighbaum, "King's funds outdo Garza's", Laredo Morning Times, May 3, 2012, pp. 1, 10A
  10. ^ "Elections". 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pedro G. Nieto
Texas State Representative from District 80 (south of San Antonio)

Tracy Ogden King

Succeeded by