State Rep. Doug Miller declared that very few legislators, who are paid $7,200 a year plus expenses, have qualified to draw pension benefits based on the much greater salaries of state district judges.
During Texas House debate May 21, the New Braunfels Republican pointed out that a legislator has to serve eight years to qualify for the pension if he or she retires at age 60, or 10 years “if you retired at age 50.” (Actually, a legislator needs to serve 12 years to retire with the benefits at age 50, according to a booklet from the Employees Retirement System of Texas.)
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Statement: Less than half of 1 percent of all the Texas legislators who ever served draw “a benefit” from pensions tied to the salaries of state district judges.