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Raul G. Salinas

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Raul Salinas
Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas IMG 1949.JPG
Mayor of Laredo
Former Officeholder
In office
2006 - 2014
Elections and appointments
Term limits8 years (2 terms)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Date of birthNovember 8, 1947
ProfessionProfessional Security Consultant
Office website
Raul Salinas (b. November 8, 1947) is the former Mayor of Laredo, Texas. He was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. Due to term limits, he did not run for re-election in 2014.[1]

In 2014, Salinas was a Democratic candidate for treasurer of Webb County, Texas, running against Delia Perales. Though Salinas won 250 more votes than Perales in the primary election that took place on March 4, 2014, he lost to Perales in the runoff election on May 27, 2014.[2][3]


Salinas earned a B.A. in Law Enforcement Studies and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park. His professional experience includes working as a private security consultant, as a United States Capitol Police Officer in Washington, D.C., as an Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as an Assistant Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Salinas also worked as an aide to Eligio De La Garza (D - Texas), a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]



Salinas participated in a series of public hearings that took place in Laredo in 2006 concerning the construction of a wall along the Rio Grande River that would separate the U.S.-Mexico border. The city of Laredo is situated directly on this border. Salinas argued against the construction of the wall, largely on economic grounds. NPR quoted him as follows: "[t]hese are people that are sustaining our economy by 40 percent. And I'm going to close the door on them and put a wall? You don't do that. It's like a slap in the face."[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth "Betty" Garcia Flores
Mayor of Laredo
Succeeded by
Pete Saenz