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Raul Torres

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Raul Torres
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Texas House of Representatives, District 33
Former Officeholder
In office
2011 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Agricultural and Mechanical University (1991)
J.D.Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University (1994)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1955
Place of birthRobstown, Texas
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
ReligionChristian
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
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Raul Torres (b. February 6, 1955) is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 33rd District from 2011 to 2013.

Torres ran for Texas Comptroller in 2014.[1]

Biography

  • MBA, Business, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University - Corpus Christi, 1994
  • BA, Accounting, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University - Corpus Christi, 1991
  • President, Freedom Tax Services Incorporated, present
  • Owner, Raul Torres Certified Public Accountant, 1993-present

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Raul Torres served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issue positions

Torres discusses his positions on five key issues on his campaign site:

Oppose Tax Increases Excerpt:"As your state representative I will work to stop higher taxes. Texas already has one of the highest property taxes in the nation and raising it even higher will only destroy the business climate we’ve worked so hard to build and that has made our state stand so strong during the country’s worst economic decline since the Great Depression.

Along with that, let me also say that I will NEVER support a state income tax. Why do I mention an income tax? Because at this very moment, Texas is facing an $18 billion shortfall – $18 billion. Politicians like my liberal opponent are already planning to use this as an excuse to raise your taxes. And they will try to use this shortfall as an excuse to impose a statewide income tax on all of us."

End the Waste Excerpt:"As your voice in Austin, I will also work to eliminate wasteful spending. Even though the legislature managed to balance the state budget in the last session, spending has increased faster than inflation and the growth of population. Government at all levels must live within its means just like families across this state do everyday.

I’m an accountant and a business owner. I know how to analyze, create and work from a budget. It’s what I do every day. And I will put that knowledge and experience to work for you – to make sure your state government doesn’t spend a penny more than is absolutely necessary and that it spends every penny of your tax dollars wisely."

Create Jobs Excerpt:"I also will work to create new jobs by attracting business to our Coastal Bend region and limiting regulations that make it more difficult to do business in Texas. By coordinating economic development efforts at levels of government, we can bring new businesses to our community and help local businesses grow and expand. And by limiting regulation, we will help businesses both large and small continue to thrive."

Protect Life Excerpt:"I have earned the endorsement of Texas Alliance for Life because I believe in the sanctity of life and they recognize I am a true pro-life candidate. I believe life begins at conception and will fight to ensure that the sanctity of life is respected, protected and upheld. I support adoption as an alternative to abortion and will seek additional state funding for the “Alternatives to Abortion” fund which provides grants to social service groups that assist pregnant women considering childbirth instead of abortion."[2]

Political Courage Test

Torres did not provide answers to the 2010 Political Courage Test.

Elections

2014

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Torres ran for election to the office of Texas Comptroller. Torres lost the Republican nomination in the primary.[1]

  • Primary
Texas Comptroller Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Hegar 50% 610,493
Harvey Hilderbran 26% 317,703
Debra Medina 19.3% 235,699
Raul Torres 4.7% 57,240
Total Votes 1,221,135
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Torres ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 20. Torres ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Juan Hinojosa (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Hinojosa Incumbent 61.5% 112,629
     Republican Raul Torres 38.5% 70,409
Total Votes 183,038

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Torres won election to the District 33 seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz, Jr. in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 33
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Raul Torres (R) 12,499 52.5%
Solomon Ortiz Jr(D) 11,306 47.49%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Torres was defeated by Solomon Ortiz, Jr. in the race for the 33rd District seat of the Texas House of Representatives.[5]

Ortiz raised $324,046 for his campaign while Torres raised $53,833.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 33
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D) 24,582
Raul Torres (R) 14,792
Justin Garrett (L) 2,261 5.43%

Campaign donors

2010

Torres raised a total of $367,621 in 2010. Below are Torres's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[7]

Contributor 2010 total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $75,000
Associated Republicans of Texas $62,000
Hispanic Republicans of Texas $61,843
Seaman, Gene $48,597
Perry, Bob J. $12,500

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Scorecards

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."[8] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Raul Torres received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

  • Grew up in Nueces County, TX
  • Married 35 years to Gina Torres
  • 4 children and 6 grandchildren
  • Member of Brawner Parkway Church of Christ

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Political offices
Preceded by
Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 33
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Scott Turner (R)