From Texas Political Almanac
Who & Where
On October 29, 2001, State Representative Paul Hilbert passed away after a long battle with cancer. He served the 150th district since being elected in 1982. The central northern slice of Harris County around Spring has historically been among the most conservative areas in the county. Due to the proximity to upcoming 2002 election season, this led to a Republican Primary to select a State Representative in a newly drawn district and a Special Election in May to fill out the remainder of a term in the previous version of the district. In both cases, Republican voters in and around Spring serve as the epicenter for the district. The current iteration of the 150th district has been shorn of all but outlying areas of Tomball. In part, this is due to the proximate residences of both Riddle and fellow Republican State Representative Allen Fletcher, of Tomball.
In the 2012 Republican Primary for United States Senate, Magnolia funeral director and former school board trustee Glenn Addison had his best performance in parts of the district. While Addisson's campaign was limited in scope and communication - he won a meager 1.6% of the vote statewide - his success in this area is an additional datapoint of the brand of conservatism that voters in this part of Harris County have been drawn to.
First elected in 2002, Debbie Riddle has been outspoken against expanding the Children's Health Care program known as CHIP, in favor of requiring voters to produce a photo ID, increasing funding for border patrols along the Mexican border and making the federal offense of unlawful presence in the United States a state trespassing charge.
Riddle has become more notorious, however, due to her suggestions that the concept of tuition-free public education and free health care were ideas that come from the "pit of hell" and that "terror babies" were being created by Middle Eastern women who were giving birth to their children in the United States and returned to their Middle Eastern country to be raised as terrorists with United States citizenship rights. Riddle would later clarify her "pit of hell" comment as being limited to the concept of free education and health care for non-citizens.
March 6, 2003 interview with the El Paso Times:
Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell. And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender heart. It's not a tender heart. It's ripping the heart out of this country.
Riddle's first run for political office actually came in 1976 for a City Council seat in Georgetown. Her initial win for HD150 came in the redistricting year of 2002. Riddle narrowly won without a runoff over Rafael Ortega who had won 40.6% of the GOP Primary vote. The 2002 primary contest saw Riddle challenge Ortega's residency. The race would end up as the closest election Riddle has faced to date.
In 2010, Riddle self-published a book entitled "Taking Back Your Community, Your Country and Your Kids."
In 2014, Riddle will once more see a primary challenge. This time, from Lebanese-born businessman, Terry Noun.
Population & Demographics
|Total Pop.||18+ Pop.||CVAP-10||CVAP-11|
2014 Election Analysis
March 4th Republican Primary
2012 Election Analysis
94,121 Registered Voters
11,799 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
65,818 Total Ballots
|Contest||Rep. Candidate||R-%||Dem. Candidate||D-%|
|U.S. President||Mitt Romney||68.9%||Barack Obama||29.9%|
|U.S. Senate||Ted Cruz||68.7%||Paul Sadler||29.0%|
|RR Commish||Christi Craddick||69.0%||Dale Henry||27.9%|
|Supreme Court||Nathan Hecht||66.8%||Michele Petty||29.9%|
|Crt. of Criminal Appeals||Sharon Keller||68.0%||Keith Hampton||29.5%|
|State Representative||Debbie Riddle||70.1%||Brad Neal||29.9%|
|County Sheriff||Louis Guthrie||64.7%||Adrian Garcia||33.7%|
|County Attorney||Robert Talton||68.4%||Vince Ryan||31.6%|
|District Attorney||Mike Anderson||71.0%||Lloyd Oliver||29.0%|
|Tax Assessor||Mike Sullivan||67.7%||Ann Bennett||29.9%|
|County Brd. of Education||Mike Wolfe||68.5%||Diane Trautman||31.5%|
2010 Election Analysis
90,813 Registered Voters
10,525 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
42,172 Total Ballots
|Contest||Rep. Candidate||R-%||Dem. Candidate||D-%|
|Governor||Rick Perry||67.1%||Bill White||31.0%|
|Lt. Governor||David Dewhurst||74.1%||Linda Chavez-Thompson||23.4%|
|Attorney General||Greg Abbott||75.9%||Barbara Radnofsky||22.5%|
|Land Commish||Jerry Patterson||74.4%||Hector Uribe||23.5%|
|Ag. Commish||Todd Staples||73.9%||Hank Gilbert||23.8%|
|RR Commish||David Porter||72.9%||Jeff Weems||24.3%|
|Supreme Court||Debra Lehrmann||73.7%||Jim Sharp||24.5%|
|Supreme Court||Paul Green||73.4%||Bill Moody||24.8%|
|Supreme Court||Eva Guzman||74.2%||Blake Bailey||23.3%|
|Crt. of Criminal Appeals||Michael Keasler||74.3%||Keith Hampton||23.8%|
- Plan H309 - House District 150 - plan under which the 2012 elections were held
- Plan H303 - House District 150 - MALDEF/Abbott Compromise Plan
- Plan H302 - House District 150 - San Antonio court's original interim plan
- Plan H283 - House District 150 - plan passed by the 82nd Texas legislature
- House District 150 - 2001 Map - Election History (2002-2010) and District Map
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