Tribpedia: Jeff Wentworth

Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.
Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.

Campaign Chatter

Political news from around the state, starting with a rematch of a lively 2010 primary race in Northeast Texas.

State Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano.
State Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano.

Campaign Chatter

Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano, won't seek an 11th term in the Texas House, and other news from the campaigns. Madden is the 22nd House member to give up his seat this season.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.

Campaign Chatter

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, says he'll seek another term in 2012. Fun facts from his announcement: "Among his younger-life experience, he worked as a paper boy, TV station copy boy, waiter, dishwasher, library clerk, and taxicab driver."

With rain pouring down outside the Senate chamber, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (r), R-San Antonio, speaks with State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, on May 20, 2011.
With rain pouring down outside the Senate chamber, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (r), R-San Antonio, speaks with State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, on May 20, 2011.

Next Time?

Now that lawmakers have drawn, approved and sent congressional redistricting maps to the governor for approval, the Senate voted to hand future mapmaking to a bipartisan, non-legislative commission.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, prepares to leave the Senate chamber after he tried to generate support for his guns-on-campus bill SB354 on April 11, 2011
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, prepares to leave the Senate chamber after he tried to generate support for his guns-on-campus bill SB354 on April 11, 2011

Updated: Wentworth Blasts Straus Over Campus Carry

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State Sen. Jeff Wentworth charged today that his San Antonio colleague, House speaker Joe Straus, used undue influence last night to strip an amendment allowing concealed handguns on college campuses out of a fiscal matter's bill.

Guns on Campus Could Cost Colleges

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Allowing students to bring guns to college could cost universities a pretty penny in insurance premiums — one of the hitches that is keeping the campus-carry bill stalled in the Texas Senate. 

Sen. Steve Ogden (l), R-Bryan, talks with Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on the Senate floor on March 29, 2011
Sen. Steve Ogden (l), R-Bryan, talks with Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on the Senate floor on March 29, 2011

Texas College Republicans Target Ogden

In a press release today, the Texas College Republicans said they were "stunned" by the actions of a member of the Texas Senate: Steve Ogden, R-Bryan.

Colin Goddard Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign, was at the Capitol lobbying against allowing handguns on college campuses.
Colin Goddard Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign, was at the Capitol lobbying against allowing handguns on college campuses.

Colin Goddard's Right to Bear Witness to a Campus Massacre

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Colin Goddard survived the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech's campus that left 32 dead and wounded 16 others. He thinks allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses is a dangerous idea, and he came to Austin to explain why.