|Stephen Philip "Steve" Allison|
State Representative for
Texas House District 121
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Joe Straus|
|Born|| January 4, 1947|
Resident of San Antonio, Texas
|Spouse(s)|| Margaret "Peggy" Yochem Allison|
Stephen Philip Allison, known as Steve Allison (born January 4, 1947), is the Republican state representative for Texas' House District 121, based in San Antonio. The seat is currently held by the retiring Joe Straus, also the outgoing House Speaker. Straus endorsed Allison, his fellow Moderate Republican, in a runoff contest against the more conservative Matthew Stewart "Matt" Beebe (born November 3, 1973), a pro-life business owner and two-time former Straus opponent.
Candidates eliminated in the primary for House District 121 held on March 6, 2018, were Marc Whyte, a business attorney; Carlton Soules, a former member of the San Antonio City Council and an unsuccessful candidate for Bexar County judge in 2012; Charlotte Williamson, an employee of her family's petroleum and natural gas company, and attorney Adrian Spears. The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Allison for the nomination. A 1969 graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Allison has been since December 2015 a partner in the firm Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley. From 1989 to 2015, he was a partner and senior counsel for the Haynes and Boone law firm. He served twelve years as a trustee of the Alamo Heights Independent School District. From 2010 to 2016, he was a VIA transit board member.
In the primary, Matt Beebe led the field with 4,351 votes (29.5 percent); Allison trailed with 3,884 votes (26.3 percent). Carlton Soules barely finished third with 13.2 percent of the vote. The four eliminated candidates divided the remaining but critical 44.2 percent of the ballots cast. Beebe noted that Allison opposes the failed "bathroom bill" and has hostile "views on the Second Amendment, [and an] unwillingness to enable parents to have meaningful options for their children's education, [and refuses] to pledge support for the Republican caucus choice for House Speaker." Beebe added that he finds "voters increasingly realizing Steve Allison is out of touch with their values."
Beebe favored having the Republican caucus choose the party nominee for Speaker. Allison in contrast favors opening the floor for all nominations, with 76 of the 150 members required for a simple majority to select the Speaker. Beebe noted that statewide and in the district voters in the Republican primary approved a non-binding referendum that the Republican caucus should instead submit the party's nominee for Speaker. Straus's candidate, Allison easily won the runoff over Beebe, 6,054 (57.5 percent) to 4,482 (42.5 percent). Allison's position makes it more likely that Democrats can join with two dozen Moderate Republicans to choose the Speaker.
In the November 6 general election, Allison defeated the Democrat Celina D. Montoya, 38,619 (53.2 percent) to 32,420 (44.7 percent). Though some consider him a Moderate Republican in the Straus mold, Allison's campaign website indicates that he is a conservative who supports property tax and school finance reforms. Unlike Straus, Allison claims a strongly pro-life position. Regarding the dispute over the Second Amendment, Allison, unlike Beebe, supports a state law that allows persons openly carrying holster handguns to be asked to present their state-issued permits. Beebe claims that the law requiring persons to show their permits undermines the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
- "Pick Allison to replace Straus in 121", The San Antonio Express-News, February 16, 2018, p. 14A.
- Steve Allison: Partner, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley. LinkedIn.com. Retrieved on May 25, 2018.
- Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 7, 2018.
- Jasper Scherer, "Straus endorses Allison for District 121", The San Antonio Express-News, April 20, 2018, p. A4.
- Jasper Scherer, "Allison, Beebe disagree on how to pick speaker", The San Antonio Express-News, April 28, 2018, pp. 1, A11.
- Republican Primary Runoff Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (May 22, 2018). Retrieved on May 23, 2018.
- Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). Retrieved on November 7, 2018.
- Steve Allison - Conservative for Texas House. Stevefortexas.com. Retrieved on May 25, 2018.
- Gilbert Garcia, "Allison deserves props for stand on guns" (commentary), The San Antonio Express-News, May 25, 2018, p. A2.