How Much Texas Politicians Spent per Vote in 2016

The table below compares how much money candidates for the Texas House, Texas Senate, Railroad Commission, and State Board of Education spent from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 22, 2016 to the total number of votes they earned in the primary election. (Two caveats: First, candidates haven’t fully reported expenditures made in the eight-days before the election, so these numbers may change when more data is available; and second, the vote totals used for this analysis are not final.)

2016 Texas Primary: Spending per Vote

 Candidate                                     Race-District                                     Spending       Votes      Spending/
                                                                                                                                                                Votes
Joe Straus (R) Texas House – 121 $4,687,935 15,259 $307.22
Charlie Geren (R) Texas House – 99 $1,593,804 13,302 $119.82
Blake Rocap (D) Texas House – 49 $114,208 982 $116.30
Byron Cook (R) Texas House – 8 $1,136,026 14,396 $78.91
Trey Martinez Fischer (D) Texas Senate – 26 $1,645,504 21,374 $76.99
Ryan Downton (R) Texas Senate – 24 $359,754 5,345 $67.31
John Raney (R) Texas House – 14 $760,512 11,503 $66.11
Wayne Smith (R) Texas House – 128 $494,688 7,568 $65.37
Jeff Judson (R) Texas House – 121 $430,930 7,245 $59.48
Abraham Padron (D) Texas House – 36 $280,926 4,949 $56.76
Bennett Ratliff (R) Texas House – 115 $403,196 7,666 $52.60
Doug Miller (R) Texas House – 73 $962,579 18,509 $52.01
Matt Rinaldi (R) Texas House – 115 $439,899 8,800 $49.99
Jonathan Stickland (R) Texas House – 92 $601,053 12,095 $49.69
Bo French (R) Texas House – 99 $457,611 9,541 $47.96
Jason Villalba (R) Texas House – 114 $548,050 11,436 $47.92
Cindy Burkett (R) Texas House – 113 $356,440 7,865 $45.32
Lorne Liechty (R) Texas House – 33 $335,098 7,640 $43.86
Dawn Buckingham (R) Texas Senate – 24 $1,258,832 29,501 $42.67
Van Brookshire (R) Texas House – 18 $55,970 1,314 $42.60
Jeff Fields (R) Texas House – 14 $219,863 5,221 $42.11
Rene O. Oliveira (D) Texas House – 37 $311,291 7,562 $41.17
John Frullo (R) Texas House – 84 $387,168 9,872 $39.22
Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D) Texas House – 36 $268,585 7,444 $36.08
Scott W. Fisher (R) Texas House – 92 $310,455 8,716 $35.62
Heather Way (D) Texas House – 49 $203,124 5,736 $35.41
Kenton D. Johnson (D) Texas House – 49 $20,061 567 $35.38
Art Hall (D) Texas House – 120 $44,004 1,246 $35.32
José Menéndez (D) Texas Senate – 26 $1,061,865 31,034 $34.22
Bernie Aldape III (D) Texas House – 144 $11,174 338 $33.06
Ernest Bailes (R) Texas House – 18 $193,085 5,842 $33.05
Jon Cobb (R) Texas Senate – 24 $729,642 24,309 $30.02
John Cyrier (R) Texas House – 17 $413,715 13,969 $29.62
Thomas McNutt (R) Texas House – 8 $418,393 14,174 $29.52
Susan King (R) Texas Senate – 24 $953,437 32,431 $29.40
Paul Workman (R) Texas House – 47 $453,209 16,097 $28.15
Debbie Riddle (R) Texas House – 150 $250,580 9,176 $27.31
Justin Holland (R) Texas House – 33 $230,564 8,532 $27.02
Brent Mayes (R) Texas Senate – 24 $503,076 19,176 $26.23
DeWayne Burns (R) Texas House – 58 $370,480 14,152 $26.18
Philip Hayes (R) Texas House – 5 $52,536 2,074 $25.33
Mary E. González (D) Texas House – 75 $129,091 5,131 $25.16
John Shike (D) Texas House – 131 $26,758 1,086 $24.64
Hugh D. Shine (R) Texas House – 55 $233,647 9,589 $24.37
Gene Wu (D) Texas House – 137 $68,262 2,867 $23.81
Cody Ray Wheeler (D) Texas House – 144 $31,048 1,313 $23.65
Sarah Davis (R) Texas House – 134 $319,085 13,825 $23.08
Aspen Dunaway (D) Texas House – 49 $19,660 863 $22.78
Watts Jr., David L. (R) Texas House – 7 $240,431 10,572 $22.74
Molly White (R) Texas House – 55 $211,389 9,471 $22.32
Jay Dean (R) Texas House – 7 $310,021 14,577 $21.27
Ina Minjarez (D) Texas House – 124 $146,512 6,919 $21.18
Mary Ann Perez (D) Texas House – 144 $38,790 1,835 $21.14
Dan Huberty (R) Texas House – 127 $375,019 18,225 $20.58
Dan Flynn (R) Texas House – 2 $301,004 14,811 $20.32
Randy Bates (D) Texas House – 139 $60,360 2,973 $20.30
Marsha Farney (R) Texas House – 20 $316,557 15,809 $20.02
Keith Strahan (R) Texas House – 18 $126,180 6,363 $19.83
Martin Golando (D) Texas House – 116 $61,823 3,136 $19.71
Chris Byrd (R) Texas House – 73 $139,951 7,100 $19.71
David Simpson (R) Texas Senate – 1 $524,551 28,288 $18.54
John Keating (R) Texas House – 33 $179,404 9,761 $18.38
Jonathan Boos (R) Texas House – 113 $111,190 6,190 $17.96
Brooks Landgraf (R) Texas House – 81 $245,326 13,828 $17.74
J.D. Sheffield (R) Texas House – 59 $269,591 15,373 $17.54
Kyle Kacal (R) Texas House – 12 $240,503 14,057 $17.11
Scott Cosper (R) Texas House – 54 $95,508 5,952 $16.05
Wesley Hinch (R) Texas House – 18 $73,512 4,654 $15.80
Austin Ruiz (R) Texas House – 54 $82,391 5,261 $15.66
Byron Miller “Educator” (D) Texas House – 120 $29,561 1,897 $15.58
Hubert Vo (D) Texas House – 149 $64,293 4,135 $15.55
Sheila Bean (R) Texas House – 121 $43,690 2,817 $15.51
Stuart Spitzer (R) Texas House – 4 $194,486 13,502 $14.40
Jodie Laubenberg (R) Texas House – 89 $202,329 14,124 $14.33
Tom Oliverson (R) Texas House – 130 $242,766 16,966 $14.31
Toni Rose (D) Texas House – 110 $86,568 6,050 $14.31
Tony Tinderholt (R) Texas House – 94 $179,061 12,551 $14.27
Read King (R) Texas House – 64 $88,464 6,225 $14.21
Adolfo Lopez (D) Texas House – 77 $43,859 3,089 $14.20
George Lavender (R) Texas House – 1 $155,672 11,242 $13.85
Matthew Shrum (D) Texas House – 49 $9,794 717 $13.66
Brent Golemon (R) Texas House – 17 $101,434 7,555 $13.43
Kevin Downing (R) Texas House – 60 $231,584 17,297 $13.39
Carlos I. Uresti (D) Texas Senate – 19 $524,232 39,860 $13.15
Tomas Uresti (D) Texas House – 118 $66,552 5,110 $13.02
Angie Chen Button (R) Texas House – 112 $139,865 11,139 $12.56
Edward Pollard (D) Texas House – 137 $19,173 1,528 $12.55
Gabe Farias (D) Texas House – 118 $43,173 3,528 $12.24
Bryan Hughes (R) Texas Senate – 1 $779,643 63,844 $12.21
Chris Carnohan (R) Texas House – 71 $37,848 3,176 $11.92
Briscoe Cain (R) Texas House – 128 $98,792 8,339 $11.85
Valoree Swanson (R) Texas House – 150 $142,645 12,143 $11.75
Timothy Delasandro (R) Texas House – 12 $24,551 2,105 $11.66
Jerry Ford Jr. (D) Texas House – 139 $19,423 1,710 $11.36
Mike Lang (R) Texas House – 60 $228,235 20,205 $11.30
Jay Misenheimer (R) Texas House – 5 $84,349 7,524 $11.21
Ron Simmons (R) Texas House – 65 $126,801 11,509 $11.02
Joshua Crawford (R) Texas House – 81 $72,643 6,632 $10.95
Gina Hinojosa (D) Texas House – 49 $190,969 17,448 $10.95
Jim Landtroop (R) Texas House – 84 $86,348 8,010 $10.78
Gary VanDeaver (R) Texas House – 1 $195,965 18,263 $10.73
Lynn Stucky (R) Texas House – 64 $85,380 8,766 $9.74
John Lujan (R) Texas House – 118 $51,234 5,317 $9.64
Rick Hagen (R) Texas House – 64 $54,244 5,755 $9.43
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D) Texas Senate – 27 $434,474 47,025 $9.24
Mario Salas (D) Texas House – 120 $21,625 2,348 $9.21
Evelina “Lina” Ortega (D) Texas House – 77 $63,524 6,935 $9.16
Angelique Bartholomew (D) Texas House – 27 $34,401 3,855 $8.92
James K. Red Brown (R) Texas Senate – 1 $251,967 28,275 $8.91
Jay Wiley (R) Texas House – 47 $91,935 10,477 $8.77
Kyle Biedermann (R) Texas House – 73 $142,063 16,963 $8.37
Bryan Slaton (R) Texas House – 2 $116,878 14,442 $8.09
Philip Eby (R) Texas House – 58 $98,066 12,250 $8.01
Dan Morenoff (R) Texas House – 114 $73,549 9,300 $7.91
Cole Hefner (R) Texas House – 5 $99,964 12,759 $7.83
James Morrison (R) Texas House – 18 $17,887 2,351 $7.61
J. Turner (R) Texas House – 18 $15,249 2,007 $7.60
Bill Zedler (R) Texas House – 96 $86,804 12,052 $7.20
Larry S. Smith (R) Texas House – 54 $21,623 3,056 $7.08
Huey Rey Fischer (D) Texas House – 49 $30,267 4,311 $7.02
Lance Gooden (R) Texas House – 4 $91,176 14,500 $6.29
David L. Palmer (R) Texas House – 134 $57,862 9,422 $6.14
Stan Lambert (R) Texas House – 71 $81,345 13,445 $6.05
Dalton Lytle (R) Texas House – 89 $34,064 5,860 $5.81
Andrew Piel (R) Texas House – 94 $51,598 8,968 $5.75
Ron Reynolds (D) Texas House – 27 $42,782 7,746 $5.52
Lou Miller (D) Texas House – 120 $4,345 797 $5.45
Randy Davis (R) Texas House – 5 $19,303 3,725 $5.18
Alma A. Allen (D) Texas House – 131 $47,872 9,571 $5.00
Jessica Cristina Farrar (D) Texas House – 148 $38,671 7,943 $4.87
Isaac M. Castro (R) Texas House – 71 $25,607 5,601 $4.57
Steve Brown (D) Texas House – 27 $13,869 3,056 $4.54
Terry Wilson (R) Texas House – 20 $82,017 18,753 $4.37
Travis Clardy (R) Texas House – 11 $93,386 21,791 $4.29
Reed Williams (R) Texas Senate – 24 $35,505 8,353 $4.25
Brent Graves (R) Texas House – 59 $40,180 9,564 $4.20
Diana Arévalo (D) Texas House – 116 $21,617 5,739 $3.77
Kay Smith (R) Texas House – 130 $26,527 7,253 $3.66
Pat Fallon (R) Texas House – 106 $58,031 16,081 $3.61
Jarvis D. Johnson (D) Texas House – 139 $11,995 3,419 $3.51
Gary Gates (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $1,918,558 585,938 $3.27
Michael Stanford (R) Texas House – 12 $11,698 3,794 $3.08
Chris Henderson (D) Texas House – 27 $3,848 1,326 $2.90
Karen Jacobs (D) Texas House – 33 $9,749 3,650 $2.67
Kimberly Willis (D) Texas House – 139 $8,313 3,799 $2.19
Ruby Resendez (D) Texas House – 116 $3,951 1,952 $2.02
Lan Carter (D) Texas House – 54 $3,059 1,558 $1.96
John Greytok (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $225,729 116,863 $1.93
Brian Scalf (R) Texas House – 71 $3,554 1,844 $1.93
Cris Hernandez (D) Texas House – 126 $3,269 1,820 $1.80
Robert A. Casias (R) Texas House – 118 $3,315 1,988 $1.67
Stacey Scaief (R) Texas House – 71 $2,787 1,829 $1.52
Chente Quintanilla (D) Texas House – 75 $4,924 3,729 $1.32
Helen Madla (D) Texas Senate – 19 $16,332 13,602 $1.20
Joy Dawson-Thomas (D) Texas House – 126 $3,250 2,909 $1.12
Cristin Padgett (D) Texas House – 33 $1,196 1,242 $0.96
Don De Leon (D) Texas House – 37 $3,359 3,568 $0.94
Sandra Crenshaw (D) Texas House – 110 $2,421 3,450 $0.70
Ben Kissling (R) Texas House – 65 $1,231 2,319 $0.53
Jasmine L. Jenkins (D) State Board of Education – 6 $12,372 24,374 $0.51
Andrew T. McKernon (D) Texas House – 97 $973 1,958 $0.50
Hayes, Holly C. (R) Texas House – 5 $750 1,680 $0.45
Keven M. Ellis (R) State Board of Education – 9 $23,749 68,465 $0.35
Sandra Blankenship (D) Texas House – 54 $1,242 3,914 $0.32
Sergio Contreras (D) Texas House – 124 $825 2,760 $0.30
Chris DeHart (R) Texas House – 112 $779 3,247 $0.24
Trent Trubenbach (R) Texas House – 106 $750 3,321 $0.23
Connor Flanagan (D) Texas House – 64 $830 4,071 $0.20
Mary Walker (R) Texas House – 27 $635 3,428 $0.19
Dave Wilson (D) Texas House – 148 $180 1,080 $0.17
Lon Burnam (D) Railroad Commission – Statewide $42,551 265,966 $0.16
Elizabeth Tarrant (D) Texas House – 97 $926 6,957 $0.13
R. Dakota Carter (D) State Board of Education – 6 $1,902 18,105 $0.11
Jeffrey, Doug (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $19,996 192,579 $0.10
Wayne Christian (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $40,842 408,220 $0.10
Weston Martinez (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $14,240 208,333 $0.07
Mary Lou Bruner (R) State Board of Education – 9 $6,265 106,662 $0.06
Ron Hale (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $9,523 303,240 $0.03
Grady Yarbrough (D) Railroad Commission – Statewide $10,000 426,920 $0.02
Jordan, Michael (D) State Board of Education – 6 $300 13,153 $0.02
Lynn Oliver (D) State Board of Education – 1 $300 15,975 $0.02
Lance N. Christian (R) Railroad Commission – Statewide $3,990 250,923 $0.02
Joe Fierro, Jr. (D) State Board of Education – 1 $356 27,661 $0.01
Hank Hering (R) State Board of Education – 9 $300 45,004 $0.01
Georgina Perez (D) State Board of Education – 1 $300 55,359 $0.01
Cody Garrett (D) Railroad Commission – Statewide $1,500 375,626 $0.00
Ken Bryant (R) Texas House – 27 $0 3,788 $0.00
Paul Greco (D) Texas House – 64 $0 3,775 $0.00
Wesley Nelson (R) Texas House – 96 $0 4,742 $0.00
Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D) Texas House – 120 $0 2,650 $0.00
Latronda Darnell (D) Texas House – 120 $0 1,174 $0.00
Mitchell Bosworth (R) Texas House – 127 $0 5,188 $0.00
Melody McDaniel (R) Texas House – 128 $0 1,462 $0.00
Demetria Smith (D) Texas House – 149 $0 2,234 $0.00
Theresa Hearn-Haynes (R) Texas House – 150 $0 1,203 $0.00
Al Zolli (R) Texas House – 150 $0 622 $0.00
Mike Lee (R) Texas Senate – 1 $0 12,630 $0.00
O. Rodriguez Haro III (D) Texas Senate – 27 $0 9,230 $0.00

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