|U.S. House, Texas, District 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan, 1988|
Cargas earned his bachelor's degree in English/Communications from the University of Michigan in 1988. He went on to receive his J.D. from American University. Cargas is currently the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston.
Cargas' website lists the following issues:
- Bring Back American Jobs
- Excerpt: "Over 23 consecutive months of job growth representing over 37 million new private sector jobs has not erased the massive job losses from this recession. More needs to be done to reduce our 8.3% unemployment rate."
- Invest in America’s Future
- Excerpt: "The Tea Party’s crusade to lower taxes at every opportunity and cut federal spending indiscriminately has devastated certain areas essential to America’s future. We need to rebuild our economy, not dismantle and weaken it."
- Enact a Comprehensive Energy Policy
- Excerpt: "Energy independence is a matter of national security and economic stability. The high price of oil has stimulated drilling and production more than any federal subsidy ever could. Supply is only part of the equation, reducing our demand is equally important."
- Increase Science and Biotechnology Funding
- Excerpt: "The Texas Medical Center contains 49 world-class educational and research institutions and top-tier hospitals employing 93,000 Houstonians with an annual economic impact of $14 billion for the Houston area. Its economic future and preeminence in scientific research have been in peril for almost a decade as federal funding for science has been below the rate of inflation."
- Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Excerpt: "Fact: 11 to 20 million undocumented people live in the United States. Building larger more expensive walls will not change this. These individuals are already here, and the overwhelming majority of them are living, working and contributing to our economy and communities. America will benefit socially and economically from comprehensive immigration reform."
Cargas is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 7th District. Cargas defeated Lissa Squiers to win the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014. He will face incumbent John Culberson (R) and Gerald Fowler (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Texas District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State|
Cargas ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 7th District. He and Lissa Squiers defeated Phillip Andrews in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He went on to defeat Squiers in the July 31, 2012, runoff. He was defeated by John Culberson (R) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Culberson Incumbent||60.8%||142,793|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 7 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012|
|James Cargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$1,046||$114||$(1,078)||$81|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$81||$360||$(424)||$682|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$682||$600||$(491)||$791|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$791||$7,786||$(5,209)||$3,368|
|Pre-Primary||February 20, 2014||$3,368||$11,864||$(11,139)||$4,093|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$4,093||$11,926||$(12,765)||$3,253|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$3,253||$7,489||$(8,461)||$2,281|
|U.S. House, Texas District 7, 2012 - James Cargas Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$842,045|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$846,831|
|Top contributors to James Cargas's campaign committee|
|Giannaros for Congress||$4,000|
|University of Houston||$3,120|
|Baylor College of Medicine||$3,060|
|University of Arkansas||$2,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$2,749|
Cargas has a wife, Dorina.
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- United States House of Representatives
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- Official Campaign Website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Facebook Page
- Twitter feed
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- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 21, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed December 10, 2013
- The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
- Houston Chronicle, "3 Houston-area congressmen face no foes to re-election," December 20, 2011
- Associated Press, Primary runoff results," accessed August 31, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "James Cargas April Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
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