Charlie Geren

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Charlie Geren
Texas State Representative for
District 89 (part of Tarrant County)
In office
January 9, 2001 – January 14, 2003
Preceded bySue Palmer
Succeeded byJodie Anne Laubenberg
Texas State Representative for
District 99 (part of Tarrant County)
Assumed office
January 14, 2003
Preceded byKenny Marchant
Personal details
Born (1949-10-22) October 22, 1949 (age 69)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County
Texas, USA
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
RelationsPete Geren (brother)
Children1
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
OccupationBusinessman

Charlie Geren (born October 22, 1949)[1] is an American businessman and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. He represented District 89 from 2001 to 2003 before being redistricted into District 99. Both districts encompass a portion of Tarrant County.[2]

Background[edit]

Geren obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.[3] His younger brother, Pete Geren, is a Democratic former member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 12th congressional district and was from 2007 to 2009 the United States Secretary of the Army in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush.[4]

Geren owns the Railhead Smokehouse restaurant and is affiliated with both the Texas and Fort Worth Restaurant Associations. He is president of the LGS Godly Ranch Corporation, which was organized by his father in 1965. A real estate broker, he is a past partner of Kelly, Geren, & Searcy Commercial Real Estate and a member of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. He is a trustee of Texas Christian University and a vice president and executive committee member of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Geren is a former member of the Texas Water Development Board.[3]

Political career[edit]

Geren was first elected to the state House in District 89 in 2000 to succeed Republican Sue Palmer, who did not seek a third term. He defeated his Democratic opponent, attorney Nathan Butler Schattman, 23,548 (62.6 percent) to 14,077 (37.4 percent).[5]

In the 2002 general election, Geren defeated Democratic lawyer Mimi Coffey 23,427 votes (68.9 percent) to 10,012 (29.4 percent).[6] In 2006, Geren faced two primary opponents, Christopher Hatley and Colby W. Brown, winning with 3,768 votes (54.9 percent).[7] In the 2008 primary, he defeated Tom Annunziato 7,870 (58.1 percent) to 5,683 (41.9 percent).[8]

In the general elections of both 2006 and 2008, he defeated Democratic opponent Sheila Ford. Geren drew 22,906 votes (63.1 percent) in 2006 to Ford's 12,285 (33.8 percent).[9] In 2008, he polled 46,254 (64.8 percent) to Ford's 23,135 (32.4 percent). In both cases, Libertarian candidates held the remaining approximately 3 percent of the vote.[10]

In the 2010 Republican primary in District 93, Geren defeated Matt Krause, 8,037 (57.6 percent) to 5,915 (42.4 percent).[11] Krause won the District 93 seat in 2012 and still holds the position.

In the general election in District 99 held on November 7, 2018, Geren with 37,944 votes (64.3 percent), defeated the Democrat, Michael Stakehouse, who trailed with 21,053 ballots (35.7 percent).[12]

Legislative positions[edit]

In 2013, Geren supported the ban on abortion in Texas after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He supported companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers,[13] a law that opponents claim could shut down many abortion facilities. In 2011, Geren sponsored a bill which requires a woman procuring an abortion in Texas to undergo first a sonogram. The measure passed the House, 107-42. Supporters of the ultrasound legislation said that a woman may change her mind about an abortion once she witnesses the development of the fetus through the advanced technology. On another abortion restriction measure in 2011, the prohibition of state funding of agencies which perform abortions, Geren did not vote.[13] The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Geren 67 percent favorable in 2013, 62 percent in 2011, and 63 percent in 2005. In 2003, his second legislative session, Right to Life had rated him only 17 percent.[14]

Geren voted for legislation to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure passed the House, 73-58. He co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He voted to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses; the measure passed the House 117-24. He voted for the adoption of the biennial state budget in both 2013 and 2011. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation. Geren supported HB 950, a bill relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation [15] which passed the House, 78-61.[13]

Geren voted to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He co-sponsored related legislation to permit college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. He voted to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit in Texas. Geren voted against term limits for certain state officials. He voted to prohibit texting while driving. He voted for redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives.[13]

In 2011, Geren voted to reduce funding for state agencies. He voted to establish eligibility standards for indigent health care. He voted for the institution of corporal punishment in public schools; the measure passed the House, 80-64. As a restaurant owner, he voted against the prohibition of smoking in public places; the measure passed the House 73-66. He voted for a sales tax on Internet transactions; the measure passed the House, 125-20. He supported photo identification for voters casting a ballot in Texas,[13] a measure which took effect in October 2013.[16]

Interest group ratings[edit]

Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum rated Geren 70 percent favorable in 2013, 35 percent in 2011, and 63 percent in 2009. The Young Conservatives of Texas scored him a 56 percent lifetime score. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 83 percent in 2013; the Sierra Club, 38 percent in 2011. The interest group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated him 37 percent in 2013 and 50 percent in 2011, low scores for a Republican lawmaker. The Texas Association of Business gave him a cumulative score of 82 percent over his entire legislative career. The National Rifle Association scored Geren 100 percent in 2012 and assigned him "A" ratings for all previous House sessions. The Libertarian Party in 2007 rated Geren 53 percent on both economic issues and personal liberties. In his first legislative session in 2003, he was rated 100 percent by the interest group Texans for Lawsuit Reform.[14]

Geren, an ally of Joe Straus, the moderate Republican former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, faced unsuccessful Tea Party movement opposition in the Republican primary on March 1, 2016, from Bo French.[17] Geren defeated French again in the March 6, 2018, Republican primary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Charlie Geren (R-TX 99th District)". Mississippi Library Association. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Charlie Geren". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "State Rep. Charlie Geren, District 99 (R-Fort Worth)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "GEREN, Preston M. (Pete), (1952- )". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "General election returns, November 7, 2000 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "General election returns, 2002 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns, 2006 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2008 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "General election returns, November 7, 2006 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2008 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 2010 (House District 99)". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Charlie Geren's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Charlie Geren's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  15. ^ http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB950
  16. ^ "Texas Voter ID Officially Takes Effect, October 21, 2013". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  17. ^ David Saleh Rauf, "Straus among GOP establishment in fights with tea party", San Antonio Express-News, February 27, 2016, pp. 1, A10
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sue Palmer
Texas State Representative for
District 89 (part of Tarrant County)

Charles Lupton "Charlie" Geren
2001–2003

Succeeded by
Jodie Anne Laubenberg
Preceded by
Kenny Marchant (moved to District 115)
Texas State Representative for
District 99 (part of Tarrant County)

Charles Lupton "Charlie" Geren
2003–

Succeeded by
Incumbent