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Candidates' Biographical Information
for: Comptroller Of Public Accounts, Texas
March 4, 2014 Texas Republican Party State Primary
Candidates' Positions and Views on Other Issues where Information is Available:
The report below lists the candidate responses to issue questions and biographical information. The responses were provided by Glenn Hegar, Jr., Debra Medina, Harvey Hilderbran and Raul Torres or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Biographical Glenn Hegar, Jr. - R


Debra Medina - R


Harvey Hilderbran - R


Age: 44 52 55
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Republican State Senator Glenn Hegar brings an unmatched conservative record and years of fiscal experience to the race for Texas Comptroller. He is the youngest member of the Texas Senate and a sixth generation Texan who is pro-second amendment and pro-taxpayer. And no one can touch his pro-life record.

Her candidacy for Comptroller of Texas focuses around restoring accuracy, fairness, and accountability to Texas government. While Texas is doing better than most of the United States, Debra believes that consistency and predictability in the office of Comptroller are vital to unleashing the true potential of Texas. When businesses can count on predictability and reliability, they can better plan for their future, creating a better economy and a better Texas for all of us.

Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

He is a sixth generation Texan who farms on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. Glenn, his wife Dara, and their children Claire, Julia and Jonah, live in Katy.

Debra and her husband of 31 years, Noe, reside in Wharton where they home schooled their two children.

Harvey Hilderbran was born and raised in Uvalde, TX. He and his wife, Tracy, live with their two daughters in Kerrville, TX.

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)

Texas A&M University, B.A., 1993; St. Mary's University, M.A., 1997; St. Mary's University, J.D., 1997; University of Arkansas, L.L.M., 1998


BA, Political Science, Texas Technical University, 1983

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)

Farmer, Hegar Farms

She is a registered nurse and founder and CEO of her own small business, a healthcare consulting firm.

In the private sector, Rep. Hilderbran has worked in real estate, ranching, advertising and business management and marketing.

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)    


Civic: (organizations, charities)

Member, Chambers of Commerce

Member, Board of Directors, Christ Clinic

Chair, Katy Area Performing Arts Society

Member, Memorial Lutheran Church

Member, Veterans and Military Affairs Coalition

Debra has continued her dedication to good government in Texas, founding We Texans, a nonprofit organization that advocates for tax reform, fighting wasteful spending and the misuse of eminent domain. As a leader for those reforms, Debra has testified multiple times in front of the legislature, giving the people of Texas a voice at the Capitol on some of the issues most personal to them and their freedom. Her firm belief in equipping citizens to affect their government also led her to develop the in-depth training programs Ambassador’s Institute and Catalyst 730, inspiring others to become active participants and helping them influence issues that matter most to Texans.

Board of Directors, Kerr County Economic Development

Member, National Rifle Association

Member, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Assistant Director/State Affairs, Texas Farm Bureau

Member, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association

Member, Texas Wildlife Association

Executive Director, Exotic Wildlife Association, 1992.

In 2003, he created the Hilderbran Scholars Fund to award deserving high school graduates from District 53.

Hilderbran is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC), where he served on the Board from 1991-1997. TCC named Hilderbran a ‘courageous conservative’ in 2013 for his work during the regular and special sessions. Hilderbran was an inaugural board member of the Tea Party Caucus, which was formed in 2011, and is also a member of the rural and conservative caucuses.

Political: (offices held)

Senator, Texas State Senate, 2007-present

Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, 2002-2006

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters, the committee charged with reviewing all state and local revenue matters, Glenn was responsible for cutting $1 billion in taxes during the 83rd legislative session for Texas taxpayers and businesses. He will be a vigilant steward of our tax dollars and a strong advocate for our growing economy.

Prior to the 83rd legislature, Glenn served as Chairman of the influential Sunset Advisory Commission, which is a vital process that identifies and eliminates waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies. While Glenn was Chairman, he abolished six state agencies saving the state of Texas millions of dollars.

She has been actively involved in conservative politics since 1992, when an attempt to remove the pro-life plank from the Republican platform moved her to stand for life in the political arena. Not content to be a spectator in politics, she ran for office, becoming Chair of the Wharton County Republican Party. She is best known, however, for her dark-horse run for Governor in the 2010 Republican primary, where she garnered almost 20% of the vote while running against two of the biggest names in Texas politics. Her grassroots campaign resonated with many people tired of politics as usual, special favors, and big government waste.

Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2012 to serve the people of District 53.

Harvey has served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the past two legislative sessions. In that leadership role, he chairs the committee which deals with all legislation relating to the state’s tax code. During the 80th Legislative Session, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Additionally, Hilderbran served as chairman of the Human Services Committee for three sessions.

Hilderbran also previously served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as it relates to the regulation of water resources, and the Texas Water Development Board. He served as co-chairman, along with Sen. Kip Averitt, of the legislative oversight committee for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. He was chairman of the select committee on special purpose districts. The committee reviews and makes recommendations for improving public accountability and transparency in the governance and operation of special purpose districts. In addition, the committee studied the effect multiple and overlapping special purpose districts have on taxpayers.

In 2001 Hilderbran was Vice Chair of the House Republican Caucus, and he previously served as House Republican Whip and Communications Chair.

Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)

St. Peter's United Methodist Church.


Saint Peter's Church.

Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)

n recognition of his pro-business voting record, the Texas Association of Business named Glenn as a "Champion for Free Enterprise", its most prestigious award, and the Texas Municipal Police Association gave him their Legislative Excellence Award for his work on behalf of our brave men and women in law enforcement. In prior sessions, he was recognized as Best Legislator and the Rookie of the Year by Capitol Inside, received the Legislative Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Police Association, Star for Rural Texas Award from the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Perfectly Pro-Life Award from Texas Right to Life.

Because of her long history of advocacy for Texans, she has been named as one of the 50 most influential Texans in the public policy arena by Politics and Elections Magazine, and was recently profiled in the New York Times.

In 2013, the Texas Association of Business gave Hilderbran a 100 percent vote rating, indicating the he always supported small business on their issues during the regular and special sessions. In early 2012, NFIB/Texas presented Hilderbran with the Guardian Award to recognize his support of small businesses. He also received the award, which is the highest honor NFIB grants to legislators, in 2010. In 2011, the Texas Municipal League named Hilderbran a Legislator of the Year - an award the league also bestowed upon him in 2007. The Texas Association of Business named Hilderbran as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" in 2011 and 2009. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Association of Counties in 2011. Hilderbran was named to the Texas Association of REALTORS Legislative Hall of Fame in 2009, 2007, and 2005. The Texas Deer Association awarded him the Frank Madla Award for Representative of the Year in 2008, and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society honored him with the Distinguished Legislator Award in 2006. Hilderbran is also the 2004 recipient of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Texas State Council’s Legislator of the Year Award. He was named Legislator of the Year by the Texas Young Republicans in 2001, was the 1999 recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship, and was named Freshman of the Year by the Young Conservatives of Texas. Hilderbran also won the Legislative Courage Award for his involvement in school finance reform.

Biographical Raul Torres - R


Age: 60
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)  
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

Torres grew up in Nueces County. It was at Del Mar College that Raul met his wife, Gina, and they have been happily married for 35 years. Together, they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)

Torres attended Del Mar College. Raul wanted a better life for his family, so he enrolled in the MBA program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where he graduated in 1994.

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)

Raul is the owner of Raul Torres, CPA, a full service accounting and financial services firm. n addition, he became president of Freedom Tax Services, Inc. and owns a Liberty Tax franchise.

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)  
Civic: (organizations, charities)

He served on the Loan Review Board and the Traffic Advisory Board for the City of Corpus Christi. He sponsored several youth sports programs, school booster clubs.

Political: (offices held)  
Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)

Member of the Brawner Parkway Church of Christ.

Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)  
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