Jose Menendez

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Jose Menendez
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Texas House of Representatives, District 124
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
Personal
Birthday03/11/1969
Place of birthSan Antonio, TX
ProfessionCommercial marketing executive
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jose Menendez (b. March 11, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 124. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Biography

Menendez received his BBA/BA from Southern Methodist University. He has worked as a commercial marketing executive and as Director of Multicultural Markets.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Chair
State Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Menendez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Menendez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 219 - Relating to an offense of using a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle in a school crossing zone.
  • HB 220 - Relating to prohibitions on the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.
  • HB 1232 - Relating to establishing a local behavioral health intervention pilot project.
  • HB 1233 - Relating to the court-ordered administration of psychoactive medication to certain criminal defendants.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent José Menéndez was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Menendez won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 124. Menendez ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Herb Gonzales, Jr. (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 124, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Menendez Incumbent 84.9% 31,915
     Green Herb Gonzales, Jr. 15.1% 5,661
Total Votes 37,576

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Menendez won re-election in District 124. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Douglas Hanson in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 124
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jose Menendez (D) 15,260 79.22%
Douglas Hanson (L) 4,001 20.77%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 124th District, receiving 36,557 votes without opposition.[6] He raised $183,010 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 124
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jose Menendez (D) 36,557 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Menendez is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Menendez raised a total of $1,248,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[8]

Jose Menendez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 124 Won $254,124
2010 Texas State House, District 124 Won $250,749
2008 Texas State House, District 124 Won $183,010
2006 Texas State House, District 124 Won $195,324
2004 Texas State House, District 124 Won $99,526
2002 Texas State House, District 124 Won $180,899
2000 Texas State House, District 124 Won $84,822
Grand Total Raised $1,248,454

2012

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $254,124.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jose Menendez's campaign in 2012
Texas Association Of Realtors$10,000
USAA$5,534
Licensed Beverage Distributors$5,000
Nustar Energy$4,500
Atmos Energy$4,500
Total Raised in 2012$254,124
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $250,749.

2008

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $183,010.

2006

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $195,324.

2004

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $99,526.

2002

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $180,899.

2000

Menendez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Menendez raised a total of $84,822.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[10]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

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."[11] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Menendez received a score of 20.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jose Menendez received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Menendez and his wife, Cehlia, have three children.

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