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Legislative News


2012 General Election Results:

This year’s general elections were a mixed-outcome for AATC.  Candidates supported by AATC won 23 of 24 races.  That’s a 96% winning percentage.   Thanks to everyone who participated in our Golf Tournaments, Business Exchange, Government Affairs Committee, and candidate meetings.  Your personal involved made a huge difference.

The Good News:

AATC member Stephanie Klick (R – HD 91) won her State Representative race.  As did, all AATC supported Congressional, State Representative, and County candidates.  AATC’s candidates won 3 out 4 State Senate races.  AATC friendly Tax Collector, County Commissioners, Sheriff, and constables also won.

The Bad News:

In the most highly watched contest in the state, incumbent Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis (D – Fort Worth) defeated TAA PAC supported St. Rep. Mark Shelton (R – Fort Worth) by more than 7,000 vote to retain her State Senate District 10 seat. 

Election’s National Impact on the Industry:

President Obama’s decisive reelection and the Democrats continued control of the U.S. Senate increases the likelihood for additional taxation (carried interest, capital gains, estate tax, etc.) and more regulation (EPA, OSHA, Labor, HUD, etc.) for the multifamily industry. 

With Republicans still controlling the House, Speaker Boehner (AATC gave $2,500 of our NAA PAC fair-share funds to him) and his team will be a buffer against the most onerous legislative and regulatory proposals directed towards the apartment industry.  Time will tell if the President, the Senate, and the House can work together or if it will be four-years of trench-warfare.

AATC, TAA, & NAA PAC Supported Winners:

U.S. Senate:
Ted Cruz (R)

U.S. Congress:
Joe Barton (R – TX6)
Kay Granger (R – TX12)
Kenny Marchant (R – TX24)
Roger Williams (R – TX25)
Michael Burgess (R – TX 26)
Marc Veasey (D – TX33)

Texas Senate:
Kelly Hancock (R – SD9)
Jane Nelson (R – SD12)
Brian Birdwell (R – SD22)

Texas House of Representatives:
Rob Orr (R – HD58)
Phil King (R – HD61)
Lon Burnam (D – HD90)
Stephanie Klick (R – HD 91)
Jonathan Stickland (R – HD92)
Matt Krause (R – HD93)
Diane Patrick (R – HD94)
Nicole Collier (D – HD95)
Bill Zedler (R – HD96)
Craig Goldman (R – HD97)
Giovanni Capriglione (R – HD98)
Charlie Geren (R – HD99)
Chris Turner (D – HD101)

For more information, contact Perry Pillow at (817) 616-0354 or ppillow@aatcnet.org

(updated 11/8/12)