Tribpedia: Tom Leppert

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Tom Leppert, currently running in the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, is a businessman and former mayor (2007–11) of Dallas, where he lives with his wife, Laura. They have three children.

Born on June 15, 1954, in New York City, Leppert was raised in Glendale, Ariz., where his mother ...

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Analysis: Blue Hopes Drowned by a Sea of Red

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.

Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state. The GOP swept the statewide executive and judicial offices, as it has in every election since 1994, and gained one seat in the state Senate and three in the state House. 

Senate Runoff Race Spending Topped $45 Million

All those campaign ads weren't cheap. The Republican race to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has drawn more than $45 million in spending. Outside groups contributed heavily to the final tally, nearly all of which was spent to influence voter opinion on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.  

Tom Leppert and David Dewhurst, left, and Glenn Addison, right, during a U.S. Senate GOP candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Tom Leppert and David Dewhurst, left, and Glenn Addison, right, during a U.S. Senate GOP candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

Dewhurst Shifts Focus From Cruz to Leppert

In his bid for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst launched a fresh attack Wednesday on former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. He also didn't rule out the possibility of ending up in a runoff following Tuesday's primary, saying he'd be happy with the results "as long as I'm the top vote-getter."

5/12/12  Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell  at the Christ Fellowship Church in  McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.
5/12/12 Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell at the Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.

Leppert Takes Mayoral Record Into U.S. Senate Race

During Tom Leppert's tenure as Dallas mayor, the city saw its crime rate drop and major projects move forward. But critics say Leppert, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, had always looked at the job as a political stepping stone. Leppert said that although there's always more that could be done, he accomplished what he set out to do in Big D. 

Weekend Insider: Primary Fights

Ahead of the May 29 primary, we look at two races in Texas: state Rep. J.M. Lozano's fight to keep his House seat, and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert's bid for the U.S. Senate. 

Lozano was elected in 2010 as a Democrat — but switched parties 15 months later. Despite praise from GOP leaders for sticking to his principles, Lozano is facing a formidable foe in his primary re-election bid. Is the party over for him? 

Leppert became mayor of Dallas in 2007 — focused, he said, on fixing the city’s problems, not higher office. But near the end of his term, he resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. While Leppert has accomplishments to tout from his time at City Hall, he also faces critics who say he never gave the job the attention it deserved.

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Jan. 27, 2009, before Perry's State of the State address.

Perry Defends Dewhurst's Record in New Radio Ad

On the first day of early voting, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst launched a new radio ad Monday morning featuring Gov. Rick Perry. In the ad, Perry accuses Washington D.C.-based conservative groups of smearing Dewhurst's record.

Dewhurst to Promote "Mini-Doc" Knocking Cruz on Hulu

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's U.S. Senate campaign is sharpening its attack on Republican primary opponent Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general, by releasing a so-called mini-documentary this week and promoting it on Hulu.

The 2-and-a-half-minute video, called "The Jordan Fishman Story," features Fishman, a Florida businessman who says a Chinese company stole his tire designs and hurt his business. Cruz is representing the Chinese company on its appeal after it lost to Fishman in an earlier trial.

Dewhurst has accused Cruz of helping "kill American jobs" with his work on the case and has highlighted the issue in television and radio ads. The Cruz campaign has said that the company is entitled to an appeal. 

Fishman told the Tribune on Tuesday that he doesn't support any candidate in the U.S. Senate race but that he believes Cruz's work on the case should be a concern to voters.

Starting Thursday, some visitors to Hulu.com will be given the option to watch the mini-documentary in exchange for viewing an entire program on Hulu without commercials, according to the campaign. A campaign official said Hulu will become a major part of its online strategy.

Leppert Derides Opponents as "Empty Suits" in New Ad

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert released a new television ad this morning, his first one that directly addresses his three leading opponents for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

In the ad, Leppert looks at suits off a rack, each with a button representing an opponent.

After dismissing suits representing former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former ESPN analyst Craig James, Leppert ends the ad by holding a suit fashioned with a pin for President Obama, and says, "I'm Tom Leppert, and I approve this message because we all know what happened the last time we sent an empty suit to Washington."

The ad, Leppert's fourth in this race, will air on cable and broadcast networks in major Texas media markets, according to the campaign. Last week, Leppert told the Tribune he had purchased "several million dollars" in airtime to keep his ads on the air through the last weekend before the May 29 primary.

The four major Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate — David Dewhurst, Tom Leppert, Ted Cruz and Craig James — debated in Dallas on April 13, 2012.
The four major Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate — David Dewhurst, Tom Leppert, Ted Cruz and Craig James — debated in Dallas on April 13, 2012.

Cruz and Dewhurst Trade Barbs in Feisty Debate

For much of the hour-long debate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst found himself playing defense against former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former ESPN analyst Craig James and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the three other candidates in the contest for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

David Dewhurst Raised $1.66 Million in First Quarter

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will report raising $1.66 million in individual contributions during the first three months of 2012, his campaign confirmed Wednesday. Dewhurst did not loan his campaign any money during the first quarter.

Leppert Swipes at Cruz, Dewhurst, Not James, in New Ad

There may be nine Texas Republicans running for a seat on the U.S. Senate, but former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert makes it clear that he only believes he has two opponents that matter in a new TV ad released today.

In the ad, called "Didn't Do," Leppert makes thinly veiled references to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

“As the only businessman in this race, I’ve created thousands of good jobs," Leppert says in the ad. "How did I do it? Well I didn’t call people like my opponents: a career politician and a lawyer.”

When asked Wednesday if he considers the other candidates a factor in the race, Leppert said, "Clearly everyone else has a right to be in this … but we’re looking at this from a strategic standpoint and decided to focus on them."

The ad is Leppert's third in his bid to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. It will air on cable in major media markets across the state including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, according to his campaign.

On Friday, Leppert will join Dewhurst, Cruz and former ESPN analyst Craig James at a Belo Corp.-Dallas Morning News debate in Dallas.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking to the press about budget and education matters on May 17, 2011.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking to the press about budget and education matters on May 17, 2011.

Primary Delays Give Dewhurst's Rivals Time to Work

David Dewhurst has everything going for him in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate — except for time. His opponents have a shared goal: Finish second and hope the race goes to a runoff in the dog days of summer, when a smaller turnout could give a Dewhurst opponent a better chance at victory.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

U.S. Senate Race a GOP-Only Battle

While Texans wait for the courts to determine most of the state's political races, the candidates for U.S. Senate have begun a campaign blitz in the run-up to this spring’s primary. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.