Four-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the
United States, and a resident of Texas for the five years immediately preceding
the election. Among duties: executes all laws and conducts all business with
other states and the federal government; fills appointive offices; fills vacancies
in state or district elected offices by appointment; calls special sessions of the
Legislature and sets their agenda; signs or vetoes bills passed by the Legislature.
Current annual salary: $150,000
RICK PERRY (R): My experience balancing budgets without raising taxes, trimming billions in unnecessary spending and creating a climate that has helped Texas generate more jobs than any other state this decade, embody the Texas values of limited government, low taxes and fiscal restraint that our state needs to continue its forward momentum.
DEB SHAFTO (G): I have sold insurance, owned and operated a moving company, run a group home for disturbed adolescents and taught kindergarten. I put a son through college, a daughter through nursing school. I know what meeting payroll means, keeping within budget, doing hard work and being where the buck stops.
BILL WHITE (D): With a long business career, I’ve met a payroll, balanced budgets, and increased efficiency. In six years as Houston’s mayor, I brought people together to get results. We led the nation in job growth, cut crime, cut property tax rates, and helped the city become a clean energy leader.
KATHIE GLASS (L): I am a civil trial lawyer and citizen who has run a business and understands our Constitution, history, and rule of law. I played no role in the corruption and cronyism that created our problems. “Experienced” people caused this mess; “experienced” people will not lead us out.