M.V. Mendoza

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M.V. Mendoza
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 1
Bachelor'sSaint Leo University (1989)
Master'sLaSalle University (1998)
Ph.D.LaSalle University (1998)
Place of birthGuatemala, CA
ReligionUnited Methodist
Campaign website
M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana.


Mendoza's hometown is Kenner, LA. He attended LaSalle University for a master's and a Ph.D. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He is a decorated Air Force Veteran.[1]


  • United States Air Force (Ret.)
  • Assistant Inspector General in the USAF, 1990-1992
  • Former Candidate, Louisiana State Governor[2]


Campaign themes

The following are several themes highlighted on Mendoza's campaign website.[3]

  • Bring Jobs to Louisiana'

Excerpt: "It is time to encourage more companies (foreign as well as domestic) to make Louisiana their home. Encouraging foreign and domestic companies to bring jobs to Louisiana will be my #1 priority. These jobs can be the source of innovation for clean energy, for the new generation of “green” manufacturing jobs, and for ecosystem restoration."[4]


Excerpt: "I oppose the Paul Ryan budget, which turns Medicare into a voucher program providing less support, severely cuts Medicaid, cuts which would leave senior citizens without medical assistance."[5]

  • The WAR on Drugs should be fought at home

Excerpt: Local police departments need to receive more funding."[6]

  • Smaller Government

Excerpt: "I believe that we can do better with a smaller government which can be reduced by phasing out vacancies as civil service employees retire."[7]

  • 2nd Amendment

Excerpt: "I propose to adopt criminal deterrence policies of Japan, where anyone possessing a weapon without a proper license to bear arms automatically receives 1-2 year jail sentence in Japan is 15-20 years and for those that commit crimes, their sentence should be harsh (25-20 years)."[8]



See also: Louisiana's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Mendoza ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 1st District. Mendoza was defeated by incumbent Steve Scalise (R) in the November 6 blanket primary.[9] Louisiana did not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they went to a runoff held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Scalise Incumbent 66.6% 193,496
     Democratic Vinny Mendoza 21.2% 61,703
     Republican Gary King 8.6% 24,844
     Independent David Turknett 2.1% 6,079
     Independent Arden Wells 1.5% 4,288
Total Votes 290,410
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. There are no reports available for this candidate.[10]


Mendoza has a wife, Estela, and 3 Children.[11]

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