Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

The following is a list of the forms, instructions, opinions, filing deadlines, and applicable law that apply to the election of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800.

Opinions

Filing Deadlines

Laws

Forms

On-line Web Filing Application for Speaker Candidates

 


 


As of September 1, 2003, a person, including a speaker candidate, may not make a contribution to a speaker candidate's campaign or an expenditure to aid or defeat a speaker candidate from: (1) political contributions accepted under Title 15, Election Code; (2) interest earned on political contributions accepted under Title 15, Election Code; or (3) an asset purchased with political contributions accepted under Title 15, Election Code. Section 302.0191 of the Government Code.

Opinions Regarding the Speaker of the Texas
House of Representatives Race

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 481: A candidate for speaker of the house of representatives may expend campaign funds to employ the services of a professional fundraiser provided that the services and additional funds raised are used only for the candidate’s campaign for speaker in accordance with chapter 302 of the Government Code.
  • Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 479: Whether a general-purpose political committee may ask a candidate for the house of representatives questions concerning candidates for speaker of the house of representatives and whether the committee may base its decision to support or not to support the candidate for the house of representatives on the responses to those questions.

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 286: Whether it is permissible to contribute surplus funds from a campaign for Speaker of the House of Representatives to charitable organizations.

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 170: Whether a former speaker candidate may return to contributors surplus funds contributed for use in a campaign for speaker of the house of representatives.

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 24: Whether an unsalaried board member of a state agency may make political contributions to candidates for public office and speaker candidates.

  • Attorney General Opinion H-55 (1973): The Attorney General concluded that, subject to the limitations in Section 302.019, Government Code, an individual may make contributions of money, services, and other things of value to a speaker candidate.

Filing Deadlines for Candidates for Speaker of the Texas
House of Representatives

Speaker candidates are required to file a "Candidate for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Statement of Contributions, Loans, and Expenditures" (Form SPK) on:

  1. the first filing date after the announcement of initiation of the candidacy;

  2. each filing date during the candidacy; and

  3. each filing date until all campaign loans have been repaid.

The filing dates are:

If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the report is due on the next regular business day.

Period Covered by Reports:

First report:  The first day covered is the date of announcement or initiation of the candidacy.  The last day covered is the day before the date the report is due.

All other reports:  The first day covered is the day after the date the last report ended.  The last day covered is the day before the date the report is due.  In other words, the period covered is the full preceding two months before the date the report is due.

Report of unexpended contributions:

Not later than January 15 of each year, a former speaker candidate who retains unexpended campaign funds must file a report covering either (1) the preceding calendar year or (2) the period beginning on the date after the last day of the period covered by the most recent statement filed by the former speaker and ending on December 31 of the preceding calendar year.

Law Applicable to Candidates for Speaker of the Texas
House of Representatives

1. Chapter 302 of the Government Code: Speaker of the House of Representatives

2. Texas Ethics Commission Rules, Chapter 28: Reports By a Candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives

3. Texas Ethics Commission Rules, § 20.31: Use of Political Contributions for Contributions to Speaker Candidate (Superceded by Section 302.0191 of the Government Code, which prohibits the use of political contributions to make a contribution to a speaker candidate.)

Last Revision: December 8, 2010
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