Rodney Anderson

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Rodney Earl Anderson

Texas State Representative
for District 105 (Dallas County)
In office
January 13, 2015 – January 2019
Preceded by Linda Harper-Brown
Succeeded by Terry Meza

Texas State Representative
for District 106 (Dallas County)
In office
January 2011 – January 2013
Preceded by Kirk England
Succeeded by Patrick Edward "Pat" Fallon

Born April 29, 1968
Grand Prairie, Dallas County
Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heather Jerden Anderson (married 1991)
Children Three children

Parents:
Bennie and Sandra Anderson

Residence Grand Prairie
Alma mater Grand Prairie High School

University of Texas at Arlington

Occupation Businessman
Religion Free Will Baptist

Not to be confused with a Wyoming Republican state representative also named Rodney Anderson

Rodney Earl Anderson (born April 29, 1968)[1][2] is a Republican former state representative for two district in Dallas County, Texas. From 2011 to 2013, he served a single term in District 106; from 2015 to 2019, two terms, in District 105.[3]

Background

Anderson's maternal grandfather, Bob Harless, moved his family to Grand Prairie in the early 1950s before the city had barely begun to develop. Harless was a house painter and owned a small business in Grand Prairie for more than four decades. Anderson is a son of Bennie and Sandra Anderson. After graduation from Grand Prairie High School, Anderson waited tables to help to pay his expenses through the University of Texas at Arlington, from which he acquired in 1990 a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in real estate. As a UTA student, he was an analyst for what became the Bank of America, in which capacity he handled more than thirty properties valued in excess of $60 million. For eleven years afterwards, he was employed by Chicago Title Company, the largest company of its kind in the United States, with branch offices across the country. He later was president of the Sierra Title Company of North Texas in Flower Mound in Denton County.[3] He is currently the vice president of the Commerce Land and Title Company in Grand Prairie.[2]

In 1991, Anderson married the former Heather Jerden, the daughter of a school principal.[3] The couple has three children. He is affiliated with the Boy Scouts, Rotary International, , the Parent-Teacher Association, and the Young Men's Christian Association.[2]

Political life

Anderson was elected to the District 106 seat in the House in November 2010, when he narrowly unseated the Democratic incumbent, Kirk England, 10,648 (49.44 percent) to 10,444 (48.49 percent). The remaining 244 votes (2.1 percent) went to the Libertarian Party nominee, Gene Freeman.[4] He did not seek reelection in 2012 after redistricting completely changed the district. Republican Patrick Edward "Pat" Fallon (born 1967) of Frisco in Denton County then handily won the seat in 2012.[5] Fallon is now a state senator.

In the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, Anderson unseated former colleague Linda Harper-Brown of Irving for the neighboring District 105 seat in the Texas House. In a low-turnout contest, Anderson polled 3,456 votes (52.7 percent) to Harper-Brown's 3,098 (47.3 percent).[6] Harper-Brown had won her 2012 nomination without opposition but had faced a close challenge in the general election of 2012 and an even more narrow victory in 2008.

After two terms in District 105, Anderson was unseated by the Democrat Terry Meza in the general election held on November 4, 2018: 24,579 (54.7 percent) to 20,324 (45.3 percent. In this same contest liberal Democrat Beto O'Rourke waged a strong challenge to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz[7] amid predictions of a forthcoming "blue wave" of victorious liberal candidates.

Anderson's experience in the title industry shapes his pro-business outlook in politics. He claims that the policies he supports enhance the growth of jobs. He also calls for reductions in taxation, unfunded education mandates, and other kinds of government spending.[3]

Anderson supported the bill to forbid state funding of agencies which perform abortions. He voted to require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo first a sonogram. Supporters of the legislation claim that a woman could change her mind about an abortion once she witnesses the development of the unborn child.[8] Texas Right to Life rated Anderson 61 percent favorable.[9]

Anderson voted against the 2011 bill to prohibit texting while driving, which nevertheless passed the House, 80-61. He also voted against the bill to cut spending by state agencies. He voted to establish eligibility standards for indigent health care. He voted against the biennial state education budget, which passed the House, 83-62. He voted for the redistricting bill for the United States House of Representatives. He voted against the institution of corporal punishment in public schools and opposed the prohibition against smoking in public places. He supported picture identification for voters seeking to cast a ballot,[8] a move which finally took effect with the 2014 primaries.

In 2011, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, then managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Anderson 44 percent favorable; the Young Conservatives of Texas, 71 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 53 percent; the Sierra Club, 23 percent. Conservative advocacy group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated Anderson 100 percent and declared him a "Taxpayer Champion" in 2011. The Texas Association of Business rated him 87 percent favorable. The National Rifle Association rated him "A".[9]

References

  1. Rodney Anderson (Earl). Mylife.com. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rodney Anderson's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rodney Anderson. Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  4. Texas Secretary of State, General Election Returns, November 2, 2010.
  5. Texas Secretary of State, General Election Returns, November 6, 2012.
  6. Texas Secretary of State, Republican Primary Election Returns (House District 105), March 4, 2014.
  7. Texas Secretary of State, General Election Returns, November 4, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rodney Anderson's Voting Records. votesmart.org. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rodney Anderson's Ratings and Endorsements. votesmart.org. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.