Michael Villarreal

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Michael Villarreal
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Texas House of Representatives, District 123
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCentral Catholic High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Master'sKennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Personal
Birthday08/19/1971
Place of birthSan Antonio, TX
ProfessionEconomic and finance analyst
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michael "Mike" Villarreal (b. August 19, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 123. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

On November 6, 2014, Villarreal announced that he would be resigning his seat in the Texas House of Representatives at the end of his current term to run for for Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, effective January 15, 2015.[1] In a letter to Governor Rick Perry, Villarreal called for Governor Perry to hold a special election quickly so that "so citizens of HD-123 can elect a new legislator and have representation in the upcoming legislative session."[2][1]

Biography

Villarreal, a son of an immigrant father and a mother from the West Side of San Antonio, attended St. Luke’s Catholic Elementary and Central Catholic High School. While in high school, he began taking classes at San Antonio College, and then earned an economics degree from Texas A&M University. He later earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Villarreal is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary's University, and works for SAMCO Capitol Markets. He currently directs the San Antonio office for Public Financial Management. He has previously worked as Owner/Operator of Dialogue Systems, Research Analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Research Analyst for the Hausrath Economics Group, Government Instructor at Incarnate Word College, Consultant at Interlex, and Research Analyst for JP Morgan Securities.

Villarreal is a Fellow at the American Economic Association Research, Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and a Woodrow Wilson Policy Fellow.

Prior to running for the Texas House of Representatives, Villarreal's elected experience was serving as vice president of his neighborhood association in Beacon Hill.[3]

Villarreal notes his sense of humor in his biographical information, including living in a state park during the 80th legislative session when the state was renewing its parks department and appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for a piece regarding "proposed legislation to regulate sexy cheerleading."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Investments & Financial Services, Chair
Public Education
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • HB 391 - Relating to limits on political contributions and direct campaign expenditures by individuals, partnerships, partners, and limited liability companies; providing civil and criminal penalties.
  • HB 403 - Relating to the capital improvements that a local government may finance with an impact fee.
  • HB 538 - Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression
  • HB 657 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies purchase low-emissions vehicles as a minimum percentage of their purchased vehicles.[4]

Campaign themes

2014

Villarreal's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

Investing In Our Children's Education

  • Excerpt: "Today, Texas is failing to make a smart, responsible investment in education. But this is a challenge that we can fix. We need to go from being 49th in the nation in high school completion rates to having a world class educational system for all Texas students. We can ensure that students have access to an affordable college education, and that our students complete their education prepared to excel in the workforce."

Valuing Work & Aspiration

  • Excerpt: "First we must invest in education and make health care affordable. Secondly, we must clear a path for entrepreneurship and economic growth."

Protecting Quality Of Life

  • Excerpt: "Texas is a state of enormous natural resources and has a history of world leadership in energy. Our state leads the nation in wind power capacity. We can build on that proud tradition and become a leader in solar energy. We can also build on our strong foundation in water conservation to find new ways to save energy and reduce pollution."

Cultivating Smart Government

  • Excerpt: "Sometimes we tend to get lost in a debate about bigger government or smaller government, instead of focusing on smarter government and what simply works. I think of smart government as responsive, innovative, efficient and fair. These are principles we should apply across all public policy to get more out of our investments and reassure citizens that our government is truly working for them. Achieving smart government requires ongoing analysis of not only the policies we set but the way they are carried out in the lives of real Texans."

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 Michael Villarreal was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Paul Ingmundson was running as a Green Party candidate. Villarreal defeated Ingmundson in the general election.[6][7][8] In a letter dated November 6, 2014, Villarreal informed Governor Rick Perry that he would not be accepting his seat in the Texas House of Representatives, and would be resigning his seat effective January 15, 2015, in order to run for Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.[1][2]

Governor Perry is able to call for a special election to fill the seat as early as December, 2014.[1]


2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Villarreal won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 123. Villarreal ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Chuck Robinson (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 123, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Villarreal Incumbent 87.5% 32,958
     Green Chuck Robinson 12.5% 4,700
Total Votes 37,658

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Villarreal ran for re-election in District 123. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 123rd District, receiving 27,040 votes without opposition.[9] He raised $209,382 for his campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 123
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Villarreal (D) 27,040 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Villarreal is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Villarreal raised a total of $1,508,462 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[11]

Michael Villarreal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 123 Won $284,907
2010 Texas State House, District 123 Won $334,724
2008 Texas State House, District 123 Won $209,382
2006 Texas State House, District 123 Won $185,014
2004 Texas State House, District 123 Won $148,852
2002 Texas State House, District 123 Won $174,160
2000 Texas State House, District 115 Won $171,423
Grand Total Raised $1,508,462

2012

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $284,907.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Villarreal's campaign in 2012
Butt, Charles C$20,000
Blackridge$10,015
Popp, Jim$6,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$5,015
Kelley, Russell T$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$284,907
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $334,724.

2008

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $209,382.

2006

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $185,014.

2004

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $148,852.

2002

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $174,160.

2000

Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Villarreal raised a total of $171,423.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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.[12] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[13]

  • 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.[13]

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

2013

Villarreal received a score of 16.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Mike Villarreal received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Villarreal and his wife, Jeanne Russell, have two children, Bella and Marcos.

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