|U.S. House, Texas, District 20|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Charles Gonzalez (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$11.32 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||March 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Birthday||September 16, 1974|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Sponsored legislation
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Castro began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represented district 125 from 2003 to 2013.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Castro is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Castro is an attorney and visiting professor at Saint Mary's University School of Law. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Stanford University.
- 2000-present: Practicing lawyer
- 2002-2012: Texas House of Representatives
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
Castro serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Joaquin Castro served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Castro's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Castro voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Castro voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Castro voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.Castro voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Castro joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Castro voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Castro voted for HR 2775.
Castro said he would give up his pay in the event of a shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination
Castro voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Castro voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Castro voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Castro voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Castro sponsored the following legislation while a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
- HB 741 - Relating to health education curriculum and instruction in public schools.
- HB 1689 - Relating to the creation of additional judicial districts in Bexar County.
- HB 2385 - Relating to the punishment for the offense of prohibited sexual conduct.
- HB 2754 - Relating to a central database containing information about certain offenders who have committed offenses involving family or dating violence.
Castro is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Castro won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 20th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He defeated David Rosa (R), A.E. Potts (L) and Antonio Diaz (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 20 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 125 |
2010 General election results
|Joaquin Castro (D)||16,590||78.49%|
|Jeffrey Blunt (L)||4,545||21.5%|
|Texas House of Representatives, District 125|
|Joaquin Castro (D)||36,003||100.00%|
Comprehensive donor information for Castro is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Castro raised a total of $1,494,023 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Joaquin Castro's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 20)||$1,494,023|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,494,023|
|Joaquin Castro (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$147,054.23||$121,329.00||$(103,991.37)||$164,391.86|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$164,391.86||$175,438.18||$(97,772.63)||$242,057.41|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$242,057.41||$167,619.08||$(120,329.23)||$289,347.26|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$289,347||$117,342||$(98,322)||$308,366|
Castro won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Castro's campaign committee raised a total of $1,494,023 and spent $1,346,968. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Castro spent $11.32 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 20, 2012 - Joaquin Castro Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$54,402|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$57,952|
|Top contributors to Joaquin Castro's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$18,500|
|Communications Workers of America||$15,000|
|Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$64,550|
|Building Trade Unions||$43,500|
Castro raised a total of $120,245 in 2010. Below are Castro's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|International Bank of Commerce||$2,500|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$2,500|
Castro raised $100,536. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|Contender Consulting & Rene Barrientos||$8,300|
|San Antonio Fire Fighers||$3,500|
|Joe V Lamantia III||$3,500|
|Texas Assoc of Realtors||$3,000|
|San Antonio Police Officers PAC||$2,500|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Castro most often votes with:
Castro least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Castro missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Castro's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $51,002 and $249,999. That averages to $150,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Castro ranked as the 364th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Joaquin Castro Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Castro has voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time. This ranked 117th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Joaquin Castro received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
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- Media coverage:
- Texas Tribune profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 125 page
- Vote-TX.org profile
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus profile
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Castro
- National Journal "Texas, 20th House District: Joaquín Castro (D)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Castro
- Democratic candidate list
- Unofficial Democratic primary results
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- District 125 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joaquin Castro," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
- Open Secrets "Joaquin Castro 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- OpenCongress, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
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