J.M. Lozano

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J.M. Lozano
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Texas House of Representatives, District 43
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPremont High School
Bachelor'sThe University of Texas at Austin
Master'sThe University of Incarnate Word
Office website

Jose Manuel Lozano is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.[1]

Lozano changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in March 2012.[2]


Lozano was raised in Premont, Texas, where he attended public schools K-12. Upon his graduation from Premont High, Lozano chose to attend The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Bachelor degree in Government. While at UT, Lozano was a member of the University of Texas Mock Trial Team, the Student Association and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Lozano interned in State Senator Truan's office while a student at UT.

After graduating from UT in 2003, Lozano moved to McAllen, Texas to begin work in the office of U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. While living in McAllen, Lozano met his wife-to-be: Avelina "Abby" Rodriguez. After they married, the couple moved to San Antonio where both pursued and received their Master's Degrees. Lozano received his Master's in Business Administration from The University of Incarnate Word.

Entering the business world, Lozano began with one Wingstop Restaurant in Kingsville, where he and his family live. He then expanded into a second operation in Alice.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lozano served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Resources
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, Vice-chair
Rules & Resolutions


Lozano served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Lozano's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano has built, owned and operated successful restaurants throughout our community. He knows first-hand what it takes to build a business and keep people working and out of the unemployment line. Since we elected him to serve us in the State House of Representatives, Texas has ranked #1 in job creation for the nation."
  • Energy Independence
Excerpt: "Barack Obama and Washington, D.C. liberals view the oil and gas industry as the enemy. But for us, it's our livelihood. It's the way we provide for our families."
  • Voter ID
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano authored and fought for a bill that would require a photo on every voter registration card. That's how you fight voter fraud. (Source: Rep. Lozano, 82(R), HFA-CSSB14-Voter Registration Certificate Must Include Photo)."
  • Protect Small Business
Excerpt: "He knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy - both as a small business owner and a representative consistently voting to protect small businesses from over-regulation and higher taxation. That's why he voted to extend a tax cut for 40,000 small businesses."
  • 100% Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano is fervently pro-life and earned the endorsement of the Texas Alliance for Life in recognition of his consistent, pro-life record. To him, there is nothing more important than family and faith."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent J.M. Lozano was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kim Gonzalez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Gonzalez will face Lozano in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lozano won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 43. Lozano advanced to the July 31 primary runoff where he defeated Bill T. Willson, II. Lozano defeated Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.M. Lozano Incumbent 51.5% 24,074
     Democratic Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles 48.5% 22,629
Total Votes 46,703
Texas House of Representatives District 43 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJ.M. Lozano Incumbent 44.4% 3,115
Green check mark transparent.pngBill T. Willson, II 43.7% 3,071
William Willie Vaden 11.9% 837
Total Votes 7,023


Lozano defeated incumbent Tara Rios Ybarra in the March 2, 2010 Democratic primary. He ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010 general election.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lozano is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lozano raised a total of $1,497,058 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[8]

J.M. Lozano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 43 Won $945,257
2010 Texas State House, District 43 Won $551,801
Grand Total Raised $1,497,058


Lozano won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lozano raised a total of $945,257.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to J.M. Lozano's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$214,281
Associated Republicans Of Texas$100,000
Perry, Bob J$75,000
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$65,000
Lozano, Jose (J M)$50,000
Total Raised in 2012$945,257
Source:Follow the Money


Lozano won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lozano raised a total of $551,801.


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Lozano received a score of 32.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


J.M. Lazano received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Lozano and his wife, Abby, have two children, Penelope and J.M. III. They live in Kingsville, Texas.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tara Rios Ybarra (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 43
Succeeded by