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Poncho Nevarez

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Poncho Nevarez
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Texas House of Representatives, District 74
In office
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.St. Mary's University
Campaign website
Poncho Nevarez is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 74. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Nevarez earned his bachelor's in Government from the University of Texas. He then received his J.D. from St. Mary's University. He currently works as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs
Rules & Resolutions


Campaign themes


Nevarez stated the following in a submission to Ballotpedia: "We hope to lead our District in education, not just at the primary and secondary levels but in higher education. Our communities require that university be an attainable and a ready goal for our kids. We want our district to continue to be a leader in the energy industry. We hope to contribute positively for our citizens to the ever-growing debate over water... House District 74 is the largest House district in the country. Twelve counties with the two of the largest counties, geographically, in the country. It is as diverse as it is big. 74 is almost mythical in its grandeur. We will work hard to represent it well."



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 Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nevarez won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 74. Nevarez defeated Robert Garza and Efrain Valdez in the May 29 primary election and defeated Thomas C. Kincaid (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 74, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPoncho Nevarez 60.4% 22,666
     Republican Thomas Kincaid 39.6% 14,870
Total Votes 37,536
Texas House of Representatives District 74 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPoncho Nevarez 53.8% 8,321
Robert Garza 28.3% 4,372
Efrain Valdez 17.9% 2,774
Total Votes 15,467

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nevarez is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Nevarez raised a total of $282,193 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[5]

Poncho Nevarez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 74 Won $282,193
Grand Total Raised $282,193


Nevarez won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nevarez raised a total of $282,193.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Poncho Nevarez's campaign in 2012
Nevarez Jr, Alfonso (Poncho)$33,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$30,338
Nevarez Law Group PC$13,000
Texas State Teachers Association$11,000
Chapa Law Group PC$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$282,193
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
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  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

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


Nevarez received a score of 20.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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