|Timothy Alan "Tim" Kleinschmidt|
Texas State Representative for
District 17 (Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lee counties)
January 2009 – January 2015
|Preceded by||Robert L. "Robby" Cook, III|
|Succeeded by||John Cyrier|
|Born|| November 15, 1956|
Giddings, Lee County, Texas
|Residence||Lexington, Lee County|
|Alma mater|| Lexington (Texas) High School|
|Occupation||Attorney and Rancher|
Timothy Alan Kleinschmidt, known as Tim Kleinschmidt (born November 15, 1956), is an attorney in Giddings, Texas, who currently serves as the general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture under commissioner Sid Miller. From 2009 to 2015 he was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 17, which comprises his native Lee County as well as Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, and Karnes counties in the central portion of the state.
The son of two educators, Kleinschmidt graduated in 1975 as valedictorian of Lexington High School in Lexington in Lee County. The school gymnasium there is named for his father, A. P. Kleinschmidt, a long-term superintendent of the Lexington Independent School District. In 1978, he procured a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. In 1981, he received his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in Waco. He opened his law practice in his native Giddings in 1981 and became city attorney there and also in Lexington, and Round Top in Fayette County, which was previously in House District 17. In addition to municipal law, his areas of expertise include real estate, oil and natural gas, creation of business entities, probates, estates, wills, and commercial litigation.
In addition to his law practice, Kleinschmidt has interests in ranching and hunting. He is a member of the Farm Bureau, the Texas Wildlife Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, based in Fort Worth. He is affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Lexington.
He and his wife, Anna, have three grown children.
When the Democrat Representative Robert L. "Robby" Cook, III, of Eagle Lake in Colorado County, then located in District 17, declined to seek a seventh term in 2008, Unopposed for his Republican nomination, Kleinschmidt then won the general election, 32,238 votes (54 percent) to the Democrat Donnie Dippel's 25,583 votes (42.9 percent).
Representative Kleinschmidt is a member of the House committees on (1) Agriculture and Livestock and (2) Homeland Defense and Public Safety. He is the chairman of the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.
In the 2013 legislative session, Kleinschmidt supported a ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the bill passed the House, 96-49. He voted for companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers. Still, Texas Right to Life rated him but 64 percent in 2013 and 60 percent in 2011.
Kleinschmidt voted against a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure passed the House, 73-58. He co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security. He opposed the bill requiring the immunization of minors without parental consent, a measure which the House nevertheless approved, 71-61. He co-sponsored the law to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. Kleinschmidt voted against the measure to prohibit texting while driving, but he had voted for such a ban in 2011. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those receiving unemployment compensation. He voted against an "equal pay for women" measure, which passed the House, 78-61. He voted to forbid the state from enforcing federal regulations of firearms and co-sponsored another law allowing college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. He voted for the redistricting bills for the state House, thestate Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. He opposed term limits for certain state officials. In 2011, Kleinschmidt voted to cut spending on state agencies. That same year, he opposed a ban on smoking in public places.
In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, then managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Kleinschmidt 85 percent favorable. The Young Conservatives of Texas rated him a cumulative career score of 74 percent. He ranked 66 percent from the Texas League of Conservation Voters and 33 percent from the Sierra Club. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated him 66 percent in 2013 and 50 percent in 2011. Both the Texas Association of Business and the National Rifle Association rated him 100 percent.
In April 2013, Kleinschmidt suspended his legislative chief of staff, John Higgins, Jr., after Higgins was indicted on twelve felony charges stemming from allegedly falsifying travel reimbursements. Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney of Travis County in Austin, said that Higgins was released from custody after he posted a $10,000 bond. He was charged by a Travis County grand jury.
Kleinschmidt defeated Democrat Carolyn Banks for re-election in 2014, but he resigned two months later in January 2015 to serve as general counsel in the Department of Agriculture. He was replaced in the House by fellow Republican John Cyrier in a special election.
- Tim Kleinschmidt's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Rep. Kleinschmidt, Tim (District 17). house.state.tx.us. Retrieved on February 25, 2014; page no longer accessible on-line.
- Robert "Robby" Cook. Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Texas Secretary of State, General Election Returns, November 4, 2008.
- Tim Kleinschmidt's Ratings and Endorsements. votesmart.org. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Tim Keinschmidt's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Jay Root (April 12, 2013). Legislator Suspends Aide Who is Facing Charges. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Patrick Svitek (November 22, 2014). Kleinschmidt to resign for job at agriculture department. The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved on September 21, 2020.
- Cyrier Elected State Representative for District 17, The Lexington (Texas) Leader, February 19, 2015.