Nov 4th 2010
Texas CPAs fared well in the recent mid-term elections, with six accountants winning seats from Texas House of Representatives to Railroad Commissioner to U.S. Congress.
The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) recently announced the victories of TSCPA members: David Porter, Mike Conaway, John Otto, Angie Chen Button, and Charles Perry. Another CPA and former TSCPA member also was victorious.
Congressman Mike Conaway, a CPA from Midland and former presiding officer of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, won the U.S. House District 11 seat over Democrat James Quillian, receiving 81 percent of the vote. Conaway also was recently presented with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Public Service Award.
Midland CPA and TSCPA member David Porter garnered key business group endorsements, defeating Democrat Jeff Weems, a Houston lawyer for Texas Railroad Commissioner, with 60 percent of the vote. The Texas Railroad Commission has responsibility for promoting and regulating the oil and gas industries in Texas.
Other TSCPA winners included incumbents – John Otto (House District 18) and Angie Chen Button (House District 112) – who won handily with 90 and 83 percent of the vote, respectively, and new House member Charles Perry (House District 83) who was unopposed in the general election.
These CPAs join TSCPA member Sen. Tommy Williams (Senate District 4) as members of the 82ndTexas Legislature. CPA Raul Torres also was elected in House District 33 defeating the incumbent.
As evidenced by voter turnout and results, the public sided with the professionalism, hard work and dedication Texas CPAs possess.
TSCPA is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. The society has 20 local chapters statewide and has more than 29,000 members, one of the largest in-state memberships of any state CPA society in the United States. TSCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession.