Aaron Pena

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Aaron Pena
Texas House of Representatives, District 40
In office
2003 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Aaron Pena is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 40 from 2003 to 2013. He was formerly a Democrat, before switching parties in December 2010.

Pena works as a civil defense lawyer, and has previously worked as a plaintiff's attorney, and an attorney with Rodriguez, Colvin, Chaney, and Saenz.

He is a member of the Governing Board for Labor and Employment Attorneys, State Bar of Texas.[1]

2010 Party Switch

Shortly after winning re-election to District 40 in the November 2, 2010 general election, Pena announced that he would be switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. The announcement came in the wake of landslide GOP victories in the Texas House of Representatives that left Republicans one seat short of a supermajority. Pena's switch, along with fellow Democrat Allan Ritter of District 21, pushed Republicans from a 99-seat majority to a 101-seat supermajority. At a GOP press conference announcing his switch Pena remarked “Somebody once told me that if you don't have a seat at the table, you may be on the menu.”[2]

Committee assignments


Aaron Pena served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 110 - Relating to establishing a health science center and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • HB 112 - Relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.
  • HB 1239 - Relating to restrictions on the use of the Internet by sex offenders and to the collection and exchange of information regarding those offenders.
  • HB 3924 - Relating to the provision of assistance by the Texas Ethics Commission in the reporting of political contributions and expenditures made in connection with offices of and measures proposed by local governmental entities.[3]

Voter fraud

Pena, a member of the Voter Identification & Voter Fraud Select Committee for the Texas House of Representatives, introduced in 2011 a series of proposals aimed at curbing voter fraud.[4][5]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pena won re-election in District 40. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Pena won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 40th District. Pena ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 24,103 votes.[7] Pena raised $468,798 for his campaign.[8]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Pena received $28,647 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Aaron Pena's campaign in 2010
Perry, Bob J$11,000
Border Health$5,000
Ryan & Co$4,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$3,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $28,647


Below are Pena's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Bob J Perry $65,000
Texas Builds Jobs & Opportunity for a Secure Future $60,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $55,000
Texas Assoc of Realtors $34,513
Texans for Economic Development $20,000

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


Aaron Pena received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 40
Succeeded by
Terry Canales (D)