Tribpedia: Steve Mostyn

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Steve Mostyn is a Houston-based lawyer and president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association who became the largest political donor to Texas Democrats during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign cycle. He and his wife, Amber Anderson, pledged to give at least $3 million toward the goal of defeating Gov. Rick Perry and Republican candidates for the Legislature. In the first half ...

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State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-League City, head of the House Republican Caucus, sits on the dias waiting for action on the second last day of the first-called special session on June 27, 2011.

Judge Tells Senator to Testify in Hurricane Claims Case

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A state senator will have to testify in response to allegations that he exerted improper political pressure on the state windstorm insurance agency, a judge ruled Thursday. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, has been accused of pressuring the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to fight more insurance claims cases in court

Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst
Larry Taylor, Steve Mostyn and David Dewhurst

Political Storm Erupts Over Ike Claims

The former TWIA chief said in a deposition that two top Republican lawmakers tried to pressure him into fighting more cases in court and complained that fees paid to lawyers in settlements were ending up in the coffers of Democrats. The Republicans said their actions were appropriate and had nothing to do with political donations.

Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas speaks to press during a visit to Killeen Texas on December 3rd, 2013.
Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas speaks to press during a visit to Killeen Texas on December 3rd, 2013.

The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 19, 2013

In a wide ranging interview with The Texas Tribune's Jay Root, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz refused to say whom he favored in the primary contest between John Cornyn and Steve Stockman, said he's working on renouncing his Canadian citizenship and had little to say about a potential run for the White House in 2016.

Trial Lawyers Call Urgent Meeting to Discuss Criticism

In the wake of criticism from former Texas Trial Lawyers Association President Steve Mostyn, the association has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday in Austin to address concerns. Critics say TTLA is spending too much on executive compensation and not putting enough of its resources into electing candidates who would fight to undo years of lawsuit restrictions.

Democratic donor and Houston attorney Steve Mostyn
Democratic donor and Houston attorney Steve Mostyn

Mega-Donor Forms New Trial Lawyer Association

Move over, Texas Trial Lawyers Association. There's a new group in town: the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers. Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn says he formed the group because he wants less money to go to administrative bloat and more to go straight into campaign coffers.

In Texas, Trial Lawyers Sink Money Into GOP Races

If the 2012 primaries are any guide, the plaintiffs’ bar is becoming less shy about investing in the Republican side of the ballot — and Republican candidates are not being bashful about accepting the money. The jury is still out on whether the stigma about trial lawyers is fading for Republican voters.

Perry's TWIA Nemesis Promises to Continue His Fight

Trial lawyer Steve Mostyn insists Gov. Rick Perry and GOP legislators punished him for donating millions to Democrats by putting his clients — coastal homeowners — in the crosshairs. "It's straight-up vendetta politics," he says, vowing to create a national political action committee that will gather opposition research on Perry if he runs for president.

State Rep. John Smithee (c), R-Amarillo, listens to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r) on the House floor on May 28, 2011.
State Rep. John Smithee (c), R-Amarillo, listens to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r) on the House floor on May 28, 2011.

House Tentatively Passes Windstorm Insurance Bill

The bill has pitted Republican Gov. Rick Perry and trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, the largest Democratic donor in Texas, against one another, and it is a key reason that lawmakers are in a special legislative session.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/27/10

Galbraith on why the Lege meets only every two years, Hu picks the year's best political moments on video, Ramsey on the personalities who mattered in 2010, Stiles on lobbyists with conflicts of interest and what the census means for redistricting, yours truly on the new Cameron Todd Willingham documentary, Grissom on cockfighting and Trillin on Sissy Farenthold: The best of our best from Dec. 23 to 27, 2010.

Political Faces of 2010

2010 didn't turn out like it looked a year ago. Unexpected people showed up. The political environment bloomed red instead of blue. The Tea was strong. And big shots turned into paper tigers. Here are some of the political personalities who mattered.

AG Opinion: TWIA Settlement Should Be Public

The Texas attorney general's office is weighing in on the back-and-forth between the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency and Democratic attorney Steve Mostyn, who has been fighting in the courts to keep Hurricane Ike settlement details private.

White and Perry Make Their Closing Arguments

On the final weekend of the gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Rick Perry was in Midland — exactly where he was on the final weekend of the Republican primary — pushing the same anti-Washington message that has kept him comfortably ahead in the polls for most of 2010. "Make no mistake," he told the assembled crowd, "this is a national election." His Democratic challenger, Bill White, was in a leafy Houston neighborhood, knocking on doors, energizing volunteers and insisting that the pundits and promulgators of conventional wisdom are dead wrong. "We have broad support," White insisted. "We are in a position to win this race."

Prolific Donor Has Given $66 Million Since 2000

Over the last decade, two Republicans with the last name Perry have dominated the Texas political landscape. One is Rick, the state’s longest-serving governor. The other is Bob (no relation), the state’s largest individual political donor during that time — with no close second. Since 2000, the wealthy Houston home builder has contributed about $28 million to more than 400 candidates and political action committees in Texas, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Texas Tribune. During that time, he's also contributed at least $38 million more to candidates and groups outside of Texas.

UT/TT Poll: Perry 50, White 40, Glass 8, Shafto 2

Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads his Democratic challenger, Bill White by 10 points — 50 percent to 40 percent — in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Libertarian Kathie Glass has the support of 8 percent of respondents; Deb Shafto of the Green Party gets 2 percent. In the last UT/TT poll, conducted in early September, Perry led by 6 points, 39 percent to 33 percent. In a red state in a red year, GOP incumbents in other statewide races are beating their Democratic opponents by between 13 points and 20 points, the new poll found.