Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.
While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.
This article lists top fundraisers in the Texas State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. It includes activity between July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Top fundraisers in the Texas State Senate by party
The top fundraisers in Texas State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- John Whitmire (District 15) – $1,233,601
- Judith Zaffirini (District 21) – $615,330
- Royce West (District 23) – $509,922
- Morgan LaMantia (District 27) – $469,405
- Juan Hinojosa (District 20) – $467,005
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Lois Kolkhorst (District 18) – $1,107,566
- Adam Hinojosa (District 27) – $1,063,533
- Charles Schwertner (District 5) – $994,408
- Joan Huffman (District 17) – $866,409
- Brandon Creighton (District 4) – $760,579
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $5.8 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $11.5 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $17.3 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 57 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 42 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – TEXAS STATE SENATE (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|John Whitmire||Democratic Party||$1,233,601||$1,773,251|
|Lois Kolkhorst||Republican Party||$1,107,566||$375,190|
|Adam Hinojosa||Republican Party||$1,063,533||$451,887|
|Charles Schwertner||Republican Party||$994,408||$1,263,942|
|Joan Huffman||Republican Party||$866,409||$404,270|
|Brandon Creighton||Republican Party||$760,579||$259,076|
|Kelly Hancock||Republican Party||$711,596||$207,988|
|Mayes Middleton||Republican Party||$693,355||$259,489|
|Judith Zaffirini||Democratic Party||$615,330||$646,377|
|Bryan Hughes||Republican Party||$579,404||$118,017|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate committees submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission. Candidate committees represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate committees. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.