Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Sen. Paul Bettencourt District 7 (R-Houston)

Industry
Consultant
Education
B.S., Texas A&M University
Spouse
Susan
Committees
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Higher Education
  • Intergovernmental Relations (Vice-Chair)
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Bettencourt is president and CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, a property tax consulting company. He is also a managing member of C Capital, LLC.

  • Before he was a Texas Senator, Bettencourt was Harris County's Tax Assessor-Collector for 10 years. He also served as a treasurer for the Texas Republican Party and Harris County Republican Party.

  • He is a radio show host of The Amigos on Houston’s KSEV Radio.

Property

  • Residential property in Houston valued at $745,000.

Analysis

  • Bettencourt's largest campaign donor was Michael Boylan, who has also been his campaign treasurer. Boylan works for the Houston Property Management Company and is the vice president of Zelco, Inc. He was named a "super donor" by the liberal watchdog group Texans for Public Justice in 2006 and was identified in 2014 by the Center of Public Integrity to be one of roughly 100 people in the United States who donated over $100,000 to a state political party. 

  • Bettencourt also received substantial support from the University of Houston PAC and Maxxam Inc. Texas PAC.