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Ciro Rodriguez
Ciro Rodriguez.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 23
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
Bachelor'sSaint Mary's University, 1973
Master'sOur Lady of the Lake University, 1976
Date of birthDecember 9, 1946
Place of birthPiedras Negras, Mexico
ProfessionConsultant/Owner, Rio Strategies
Campaign website
Ciro Rodriguez was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Rodriguez earned his B.A. in Political Science form Saint Mary's University in 1973. He went on to receive his MSW in Social Work from Our Lad of the Lake University in 1976. Rodriguez has previously been employed as a social worker and instructor. He has been a consultant/owner of Rio Strategies since 2004. Rodriguez formerly served in both the Texas House of Representatives and the U.S. House.[2]


Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009, to June 16, 2010, Rodriguez voted with the House Democratic leadership 98.9% of the time.[3] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 97.7% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post from July 23, 2010, concluded that he voted 98.2% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[4]

Allegations of Illegal Campaign Contributions

See Report of the Federal Election Commission Audit Division on Representative Ciro D.Rodriguez for Congress.

Illegal Contributions reached aprox. $90,000 USD.

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About the Campaign (p. 2) Ciro D. Rodriguez for Congress (CRFC) is the principal campaign committee for Ciro D. Rodriguez, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas, 23rd District and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. For more infonnation, see the Campaign Organization Chart, p. 2.

Findings and Recommendations (p. 3)

Misstatement of Financial Activity (Finding 1)

Failure to file 48-Hour Notices (Finding 2)

Impennissible Contributions (Finding 3)

Impennissible Receipt and Use of Funds (Finding 4)

Campaign themes


Rodriguez's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Getting our Economy back on Track
Excerpt: "Voted against the Wall Street Bailout but for Wall Street Reform — clamping down on predatory lending and sub-prime loans, while empowering consumers.Provided over $100 million to our school districts preventing teachers from getting laid off and protecting our children’s education. Increased tax cuts and tax credits for small businesses who create one out of every two jobs in America."
  • Keeping Our Promise to Our Veterans
Excerpt: "Helped pass the largest increase in veteran’s health care funding in history and helped pass the Wounded Warrior Act, reducing red tape for veterans in needFought to increase support and benefits for military spouses, family caregivers, and the children of veterans."
  • Standing Up for Border Security
Excerpt: "Secured over $8 million for local law enforcement agenciesHelped pass an emergency spending bill to hire 1,200 additional border patrol guards and secure enhanced border surveillance technology. Sponsored the Border Reinforcement and Violence Reduction Act."
  • Protecting Our Children and Senior Citizen
Excerpt: "Expanded coverage for children and young adults by making them eligible for family health coverage through the age of 26. Made sure insurance companies no longer deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and keep their rates stable once someone gets sick."



See also: Texas' 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Rodriguez ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 23rd District. He and Pete Gallego defeated John Bustamante in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He was then defeated in the runoff by Gallego.[6][7][8]

U.S. House of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 23 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete P. Gallego 54.8% 15,815
Ciro D. Rodriguez 45.2% 13,038
Total Votes 28,853


Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rodriguez's reports.[10]

Ciro Rodriguez (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$70,373.94$15,092$(841.66)$84,624.28
Pre-Primary[12]May 17, 2012$84,624.28$13,313$(36,862.80)$61,074.48
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$61,074.48$49,635$(86,867.11)$23,842.37
Pre-Runoff[14]July 19, 2012$23,842.37$12,069.07$(16,188.95)$19,722.49
Running totals


Rodriguez and his wife, Carolina, have one child.[2]

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