Dallas, TX (Vocus) November 4, 2010
Texas CPAs fared well in the recent midterm elections. With six accountants winning seats from Texas House of Representatives to Railroad Commissioner to U.S. Congress, the opportunity to make a difference resonated with state voters.
The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) is pleased to announce the victories of TSCPA members: David Porter, Mike Conaway, John Otto, Angie Chen Button and Charles Perry. Another CPA and former TSCPA member was also victorious.
Midland CPA and TSCPA member David Porter garnered key business group endorsements, defeating Democrat Jeff Weems, 51, 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.
Congressman Mike Conaway, a 61-year-old CPA (also 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, getting 81 percent of the vote. Conaway also was recently presented with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Public Service Award.
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 82nd Texas Legislature. CPA Raul Torres was also 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 (http://www.tscpa.org) 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.