Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Joe Deshotel District 22 (D-Beaumont)

Industry
Lawyer
Education
B.S., Lamar University; J.D., Texas Southern University
Spouse
Claudia
Committees
Not yet assigned
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Deshotel works as a fee attorney for Independence Title, a retainer for Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP and as an independent attorney.

  • In his 2010 financial statement, he reported a $25,000-plus retainer fee from the law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, which specializes in government collections.

Property

  • Two residences in Beaumont valued $296,330 and $103,250

  • Office in Beaumont valued at $4,790

Analysis

  • In 2011 he reported he had "interest in common with lobbyists." The interest was listed as a consulting agreement with Carl R. Griffith & Associates Inc. in Port Arthur.

  • Deshotel reported a gift, a $300 Apple gift card, from the Land and Resource Management committee, on which he served as chair in 2015.
  • Deshotel wrote an unsuccessful bill during the 2015 legislative session that would have led to the establishment of casinos in Texas. Deshotel has received over $10,000 in campaign contributions from the Chickasaw nation.