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Bill Flores
Bill Flores.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChet Edwards (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.39 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,655,193
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Master'sHouston Baptist University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1954
Place of birthCheyenne, Wyoming
ProfessionAccountant, Executive Company Executive
Net worth$5,762,489
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William "Bill" Flores (b. February 25, 1954, in Cheyenne, WY) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 17th Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2010.

Flores most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Ben Easton (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Flores is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Flores is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree, Flores worked for several energy companies, eventually reaching the executive level. He earned his CPA in 1978 and his M.B.A. in 1985. He also serves on the boards of several non-profits. His election to the U.S. House was his first foray into politics.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Flores serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Flores was a member of the following committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Flores's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Flores voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Flores voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Flores voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Flores voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Flores voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Flores voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.png The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Flores voted against HR 2775.[22]

Flores declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Flores voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Flores voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Flores voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Flores voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[29] Flores joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[30][31]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Flores voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[32]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bill Flores' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Flores is a Hard-Core Conservative. Flores received a score of 18 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[33]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[34]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[33]

Campaign themes

2014

Flores' campaign website lists the following beliefs:[35]

  • Limited Government Conservative
Excerpt: "Unlike a lot of folks in Congress, I do not believe government gets better just because it gets bigger. I do not think there is a government solution to every challenge our country faces."
  • Economic Recovery
Excerpt: "Every business and every family in America has faced difficult financial situations before. For all of us, it meant we tightened our belts, set priorities, and worked hard to move ahead."
  • AMERICAN Energy Development
Excerpt: "If there is one aspect of America’s economy that I know well it is the energy industry. I can tell you first hand; this is one industry that has literally been hamstrung by people in Congress who put politics, radical ideas, scare-mongering rhetoric, and grandstanding ahead of AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE."
  • Staying On Offense Against Terrorism
Excerpt: "It seems every month, events occur which remind us we face a dedicated, murderous swarm of fanatics whose goal is to kill civilians, harm our economy, and destroy America. We cannot ever relent in our efforts to kill or capture these terrorists. "
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "True national security means controlling our borders and effectively policing our interior to ensure that terrorists, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals are hunted down, prosecuted, and imprisoned or deported."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Flores is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Nick Haynes (D) and Shawn Michael Hamilton (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Flores won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 17th District. He defeated George Hindman in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Ben Easton (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[36][37]

U.S. House, Texas District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Flores Incumbent 79.9% 143,284
     Libertarian Ben Easton 20.1% 35,978
Total Votes 179,262
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Texas District 17 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Flores Incumbent 82.5% 41,449
George Hindman 17.5% 8,790
Total Votes 50,239

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Flores is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Flores raised a total of $4,655,193 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[39]

Bill Flores's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 17) Won $1,301,528
2010 US House (Texas, District 17) Won $3,353,665
Grand Total Raised $4,655,193

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Flores' reports.[40]

Bill Flores (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$206,122.19$253,375.00$(57,595.41)$401,901.78
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$401,901.78$143,967.73$(67,322.17)$478,547.34
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$478,547.34$448,404.39$(53,895.75)$873,055.98
Year-End[44]January 31, 2014$873,055$93,933$(363,048)$603,940
Pre-Primary[45]February 20, 2014$603,940$11,580$(242,893)$372,627
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$372,627$123,947$(25,957)$470,617
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2014$470,617$223,782$(126,224)$568,175
Running totals
$1,298,989.12$(936,935.33)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Flores' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Flores won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Flores' campaign committee raised a total of $1,301,529 and spent $1,059,095.[48] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

Flores spent $7.39 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Flores' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Flores won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Flores' campaign committee raised a total of $3,353,665 and spent $3,309,747.[50]

U.S. House, Texas District 17, 2010 - Bill Flores Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,353,665
Total Spent $3,309,747
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $3,686,768
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $3,841,632
Top contributors to Bill Flores's campaign committee
Bryan Research & Engineering$31,200
Energy Future Holdings Corp$28,154
Chevron Corp$25,400
Phoenix Exploration$21,478
Texas A&M University$19,750
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$269,584
Retired$234,032
Leadership PACs$110,451
Lawyers/Law Firms$64,800
Misc Finance$55,850

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Flores' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,029,496 and $6,495,483. That averages to $5,762,489, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Flores ranked as the 64th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2009 and 2012, Flores' calculated net worth[52] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Bill Flores Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$7,385,494
2012$5,762,489
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-22%
Average annual growth:-7%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Flores is a "far-right Republican" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Flores was rated as a "lonely far-right Republican follower."[56]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[57]

Flores most often votes with:

Flores least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Flores missed 77 of 2,678 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[58]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Flores paid his congressional staff a total of $775,582 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[59]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Flores ranked 20th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[60]

2012

Flores tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 18th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[61]

2011

Flores ranked 24th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[62]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Flores voted with the Republican Party 95.8 percent of the time, which ranked 41st among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[63]

2013

Flores voted with the Republican Party 96.8 percent of the time, which ranked 129th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

Flores and his wife, Gina, have two sons and one grandchild.[2]

Recent news

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See also

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References

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  34. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Preceded by
Chet Edwards
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 17
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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