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Ruben Corvalan
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 23
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthSantiago, Chile
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Ruben Corvalan was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.[1] Ruben Corvalan lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Corvalan was born in Santiago, Chile, and immigrated to the United States to finish his studies as an electrical engineer at Cleveland State University. He has worked as an electrical engineer for several companies and opened his own consulting company in 1990. Corvalan currently owns AmpSAFE, LLC, an electrical engineering consulting company.[2]


Campaign themes


Corvalan's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Immigration: "Millions of people are living in fear of being deported back to their native countries. It is utterly irrational to deport all these undocumented immigrants. The economical and social cost would be catastrophic. I propose a pragmatic, common sense solution that would be easy to implement. Create a process by which all qualified adult undocumented immigrants obtain a temporary working visa. A qualified undocumented immigrant is one with no criminal record. This temporary visa should be renewed every two years. The only reason for denying a temporary visa is a record of criminal activity."
  • Federal Budget: "The government collects around $2.9 Trillion and spends $3.5 Trillion. This represents a deficit of $ 638 Billion. This is totally irresponsible! The US national debt is more than $17.5 Trillion. This represents a debt of more than $55,000 per citizen or more than $150,000 per taxpayer. Many families in the US live responsible lives. Income exceeds, or at least equals, expenses. It is just common sense. But our federal government seems to be exempt from this common sense rule."
  • Personal Privacy (Fourth Amendment): "I support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment extending protection from unreasonable search and seizure unless done under a judicial warrant supported by probable cause. What is the probable cause and judicial warrant for spying on (i.e. collecting and storing) your telephone conversations?"
  • Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Second Amendment): "We should not be denied this basic right given to us by our Second Amendment. If this right is eroded, peaceful and law abiding citizens will be at a substantial disadvantage to protect themselves and their family."
  • Term Limits for Elected Federal Congressman: "Our political system could greatly improve by limiting the terms of elected representatives. In theory, the elected official should be representing you and all the rest of the citizens that elected her or him. Nevertheless, it is general knowledge, that our elected representatives experience strong pressure from party leaders (interested in retaining and even expanding political power) as well as from cunning lobbyist representing powerful economical interests. The longer this elected representative is in office, the tighter this pervasive knot becomes."


—Ruben Corvalan's campaign website,



See also: Texas' 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Corvalan ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 23rd District. Corvalan won the Libertarian Party nomination at the state convention in April 2014.[5] He was defeated by Will Hurd (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Texas District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWill Hurd 49.8% 57,459
     Democratic Pete Gallego Incumbent 47.7% 55,037
     Libertarian Ruben Corvalan 2.5% 2,933
Total Votes 115,429
Source: Texas Secretary of State


Corvalan is married and has two children.[2]

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