Texas House of Representatives, District 50
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, John Hopkins University, class of 1985.
- M.A., Computer Science, John Hopkins University, class of 1985.
- Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, class of 1991.
- Engineer, semiconductors, Motorola and Freescale.
- GOP precinct chair, 2004-present.
- Founder, Austin Tech Republicans group.
IssuesJobs and prosperity
- Supports low tax rates.
- Opposes government spending programs as a means of job creation.
- Opposes the current levels of government regulation.
- Supports spending caps.
- Opposes federal mandates.
- Opposes caps on spending.
- Supports lower taxes.
- Supports reducing and reforming property taxes, including capping appraisal increases at 5%.
- Supports increased exemption for small businesses from the margins tax.
- Signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising never to support any tax increase.
'Excellence in education
- Supports more local control of schools.
- Supports school choice for parents.
- Opposes charter school caps.
- Supports accountability and incentives for teachers.
- Opposes non-essential mandates for schools.
- Opposes the top 10% rule, supporting in its place merit-based acceptance for the University of Texas.
- Opposes "misguided mandates, regulations and subsidies that... raise electric bills and burden taxpayers."
Texas values and Texas sovereignty
- Opposes gay marriage.
- Supports state sovereignty and a strong 10th Amendment.
- Opposes, and supports legal challenges to, "unconstitutional Federal healthcare mandates."
- Supports traditional values.
- Opposes any increases in gas taxes.
- Believes toll roads are a sometimes-necessary last resort.
- Opposes diversions of gas tax money to non-road purposes.
- Supports full transparency and accountability for money spent.
- Supports prioritizing investments to relieve congestion.
- Supports increased transparency at all levels.
- Supports open books for institutions of higher education.
McGuinness lost the election to Texas House of Representatives District 50. He defeated Ryan Lambert in the March 2 Republican primary but was defeated by incumbent Democratic candidate Mark Strama in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 50 |
2010 General election results
|Mark Strama (D)||23,720||54.84%|
|Pat McGuinness (R)||18,041||41.71%|
|Emily Cowan (L)||1,486||3.43%|
His four largest contributors in 2010 are:
|Five Donors, Each Donating $100||$100|
|Four Donors, Each Donating $50||$50|
Community service and involvement
- Eagle Scout.
- McGuinness and his wife, Celeste, live in Austin with their four children, aged 2, 6, 12 and 14. They attend Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, where McGuinness served as a lector minister.
9310 Old Lampasas Trail
Austin, Texas 78750
Phone: (512) 377-1307
- Official Campaign website
- Campaign LinkedIn Page
- Candidate Facebook Profile
- Texas House GOP YouTube Channel
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Contributions, Follow the Money
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Texas Tribune Profile
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