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Don Huffines
Party Republican
Education B.B.A. in Finance, University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Real Estate Developer
Religion Christian
Marital Married
Children 5

Don Huffines


Don Huffines is a proud fifth-generation Texan, husband, father, grandfather, and self-made businessman.

Don fought fearlessly for fiscal restraint and government accountability in the Texas State Senate while representing Dallas County’s District 16.

During his two legislative sessions, Don earned a reputation for being one of Texas’ most conservative lawmakers.

The only Texas state senator in history to never accept a penny of government money during his tenure, Don was disgusted by the corruption, backroom deals, and flagrant disregard for Texas taxpayers he witnessed plaguing the Austin swamp.

He is recognized for authoring legislation uncovering the largest government corruption scandal in Texas history: Don’s work resulted in eliminating a crooked and wasteful government agency, called Dallas County Schools, that stole tens of millions of dollars from Texas taxpayers.

Six people were thrown in prison after being exposed for their roles in the scheme, including the former mayor pro tem of Dallas.

During his time in office, Don also authored legislation supporting term limits, pro-life measures, constitutional carry, and school choice. The blue wave election of 2018 resulted in Democrats taking virtually all of Dallas County, including Don’s seat in the Texas Senate. Nevertheless, Don remained determined to intensify the fight against harmful left-wing policies statewide and in the governor’s office.

Don was born and raised in Dallas alongside his three brothers, where he learned the value of a hard day’s work early in life. He came from a long line of Texas entrepreneurs and grew up greasing cars for the family business, Huffines Motor Company, for $2 an hour.

After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance, Don and his twin brother Phillip started Huffines Communities in 1985—a large real-estate development company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that they still own today. Don is widely respected and recognized in the Dallas community as a leader of integrity and professionalism.

A generous philanthropist, Don supports nonprofits such as Dallas-area crisis pregnancy centers and wildlife conservation groups. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

He and his wife of 34 years, Mary Catherine, have five adult children, Colin, Devin, Terence, Deirdre, and Russell. They also have four grandchildren.


MCTP Score of: 93 Source

Submitted by john wertz on 2022-02-04 14:26:17



  • Earned a reputation for being one of Texas’ most conservative lawmakers fighting for fiscal restraint and accountability.
  • Proven Conservative experience in the Texas Senate
  • Exposed CRT in State Agency
  • only Texas state senator in history to never accept a penny of government money during his tenure
  • recognized for authoring legislation uncovering the largest government corruption scandal in Texas history(Dallas County Schools, that stole tens of millions from Texas taxpayors)
  • authored legislation supporting term limits, pro-life measures, constitutional carry, and school choice
  • Says Abbott, who he says governs from the left, is more concerned about re-election than properly running the state
  • would continually call the lege into session until the egregious child gender modification is addressed
  • Plans to cap state spending increases to 2% per biennium and eliminate property...  More

Interview with Source

Submitted by john wertz on 2022-01-18 04:45:39

Texas Scorecard


Video Interview 12/21/21 Source

Submitted by john wertz on 2022-01-03 22:47:36




This is a Republican primary race.  Do you promise, if elected, to abide by the RPT platform? And if not, please enumerate what problems you have.

Yes, I support the RPT platform. 

In your opinion did Dade Phelan carry forward the conservative agenda?

No, he did not. 

How does the governor justify allowing the legislature to ignore the mutilation of our children? or Would you allow the legislature to continue to ignore the forced mutilation of children? What age would you consider a child mature enough to make an informed decision regarding such irreversible and life altering decisions? What can the governor do to prevent one parent from forcing such decisions on a child irregarless of the other parent's objection? Would you make this a number 1 priority in a specail session prior to 2023?

Governor Greg Abbott is frankly more concerned with keeping his left-wing corporate donors happy than he is with keeping Texas kids safe. As governor, I would continue calling the legislature into special session after special session until they outlawed the practice of genital mutilation and elective chemical castration of children.

As governor, ensuring that the sexual transitioning of a minor is considered child abuse would be an important first step in making sure that no parent could push this on their kid. This issue would be a top priority for the 2023 legislative session.


Please describe your plan for balancing the Texas budget. What budget items need to be cut and what taxes and fees need to be increased?

I will cap state spending increases to 2% per biennium and eliminate property taxes. I will end all corporate welfare spending which takes money out of taxpayers’ pockets and puts it into the pockets of big businesses. I will eliminate substantial amounts of funding from publicly-funding state universities and will end film and art subsidies.


What is the best "mix" of taxing methods for state and local government? Why is that "mix" the best and how do we get there?

All taxation takes money out of the pockets of producing Americans and puts it into the hands of inefficient and comparatively unproductive government bureaucracy. That said, some forms of taxation are preferable to others. As governor, I will phase out property taxes and move Texas to being the first state in the country to rely completely on consumption-based taxation. Income taxes are entirely off the table. This is more in line with our founders’ vision of how taxes should be collected and would allow Texans to truly own property that can never be taken from them after it’s purchased and the tax is paid off. 

What is your view regarding reducing or eliminating property taxes in favor of increased sales taxes and increased user fees?

As stated above, I will phase out property taxes completely and  move Texas to a fully consumption-based tax system.

Other civil liberty

Do you support a full forensic election audit in Texas? Why or why not?

Yes, I support a complete forensic election audit in Texas, something President Trump has asked Governor Abbott to pursue, but which he has so far, refused to do. Confidence in our elections process is at the heart of the stability of our republic. Many Texans are understandably concerned regarding the security and validity of the 2020 election. It is imperative that our next governor take these concerns seriously and begin to aggressively pursue and punish voter fraud wherever it exists. As governor, I will do that.

Please list the top issues where you oppose federal government intrusion(unconstitutional mandates, shutdowns, etc.) into Texans' lives and how you intend to oppose such overreach.

There are too many issues to list. 


How should public education be funded and why? What will you do to make this happen?

Funds should be tied to and follow students wherever their parent chooses to enroll them. As governor, I will encourage the legislature to move away from the model of funding bureaucracies and towards the model of funding the education of individual students.

What are your positions on Common Core, CRT (Critical Race Theory), SEL(Social Emotional Learning) and IB  (International Baccalaureate), and how will you approach issues involving these during your term?

I oppose Common Core, CRT, and SEL. While I support the maintenance of IB and AP classes to provide gifted students with challenges they need to reach their full academic potential, we must prohibit the teaching of Leftist ideology as required by the current leadership of the IB and AP programs.

It’s important to note that CRT has been allowed to fester not just in public schools, but also in a number of state agencies. My campaign uncovered evidence that the Department of Family and Protective Services was requiring CRT training for their employees. Thanks to our efforts, employees have told us that this training is no longer being required in order to work with DFPS. As governor, I will evaluate each state agency to ensure that CRT, SEL, and other left-wing ideologies aren’t creeping into Texas’ culture.


Is there anything in your background of an embarrassing nature that should be explained before your election? Arrests/Convictions? Bankruptcys?



Describle what further action the governor can do to secure the border? Are the actions taken to date effective? Are they legitimate efforts that are having a positive effect?

The efforts that our current governor has made on the border have been little more than symbolic actions for photo op purposes. As governor, I will invoke Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution which provides that, in the case of an invasion, states may take a number of measures usually left to the federal government, to protect their citizens.

Our border is being invaded, the federal government is never going to do its part to secure the border. It’s time for Texans to fix this problem, ourselves. We will end all magnets to illegal immigrants and institute mandatory E-Verify for all Texas businesses, and we will stop all inbound commercial traffic into Texas until Mexico does its part to secure their side of the border.

Please explain why you do or do not support the government providing benefits to non-citizens.

Our government exists to protect its citizens’ right to life, liberty, and property- not to be a global charity at the expense of its citizens. America and Americans first.


Please fully describe what methods of funding roads in Texas you will support and oppose, and give your reasoning. Please discuss all revenue sources, tax diversions, tolls, and debt.

Gas tax revenue should be spent fully on roads. I oppose toll roads and the practice of allowing foreign entities to own Texas roads especially since tax dollars have often already paid for the building of these roads. As we move away from property taxes, money for roads will be provided wholly through consumption taxes.


How would you rate the 87th Session and subsequent Special Sessions measured against the GOP conventions legislative priorities? What items would you have vetoed and what are the items for which YOU would have called a Special Session?

While the passage of constitutional carry and the heartbeat bill should be celebrated, the fact remains that our Republican legislature and Republican governor could have passed this legislation whenever they wanted for at least the last decade.

As the first Senate author of a constitutional carry bill in Texas, I remember when these same politicians who are now bragging about passing these bills once called them radical and extremist behind closed doors. The truth is that these bills are too little, too late and do not excuse the years of abdication of responsibility from the Republican establishment in Austin. And, there are many issues important to the Republican grassroots which still have not been addressed.

We still don’t have a legislative ban on vaccine mandates, the chemical castration of children is still legal, property taxes continue to skyrocket, and the list goes on. There is no excuse for the decision by Republican elected officials to ignore our Republican Party platform for years. As governor, that platform would be my legislative priorities list.

What federal grant monies will you REJECT even though it will cost Texans extra money? Why?

I will never allow the federal government to dictate terms to Texas. Any and all funds that are used to hold Texans hostage to left-wing policies will be rejected. 

What measures can Texas take to ensure the preservation of traditional family values and what is your commitment to fight for those measures?

There is almost no limit to what we can do. I will always fight to protect Texas families and their values.

What are the top 3 positions appointed by the Governor and what criteria will you use to select individuals for those positions?

Secretary of State, University Boards of Regents, and the command of the Texas Military. I will select conservative patriots who share our conservative values and will act on them.

Would you be willing to deputize and train Texas militias to reinforce the border?

Yes, if necessary. 

Has there been an issue on which you have made a 180 degree turn and why?

Yes, when I was a member of the Texas Senate I supported allowing high speed rail. That was a mistake.

As more information has come to light about the issue and I heard from more Texans opposed to the proposed rail, I have recognized that opposing high speed rail is more in line with my principles.

Please define your position on abortion restrictions and fully explain why.

I believe that life begins at conception and that there is never a legitimate reason to willingly and intentionally destroy an innocent child’s life. It’s time to stop letting an unelected court tell us we can’t end this violence against the unborn. As governor, we will completely end abortion regardless of what the courts or federal government say.