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Carlos Uresti
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Texas State Senate, District 19
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Mary's University
J.D.St. Mary's University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1963
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Carlos I. Uresti (b. September 12, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Uresti graduated with a B.A. in political science from St. Mary's University and also graduated with a J.D. also from St. Mary's University.

In addition to his position as senator, Uresti is an attorney in a San Antonio private practice. Prior to his election to the state senate, Uresti was a representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006. Uresti also served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps.[1]

Uresti represents District 19, which spans 23 counties and covers 55,000 square miles, making it the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Uresti served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration, Vice-chair
Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security, Vice-chair
Health & Human Services
Natural Resources
Transportation

2010-2011

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Uresti served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Uresti served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Uresti won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 19. Uresti ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Michael Berlanga (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Uresti Incumbent 59.4% 122,214
     Republican Michael Berlanga 40.6% 83,522
Total Votes 205,736

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Uresti ran for re-election to the 19th District seat in 2010. He defeated Luis Juarez in the Democratic primary on March 3, 2010. Uresti received 25,969 votes while Juarez received 8,125.[3] Dick Bowen ran for the seat on the Republican ticket.

Uresti defeated Republican candidate Dick Bowen and Libertarian candidate Mette Baker in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas State Senate, District 19
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Uresti (D) 61,327 52.13%
Dick Bowen (R) 53,024 45.08%
Mette Baker (L) 3,269 2.77%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Uresti won election to the 19th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Dick Bowen (R).[3]

Uresti raised $71,741,045 for his campaign while Bowen raised $99,113.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Uresti (D) 58,876 59.17%
Dick Bowen (R) 40,621 40.82%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Uresti is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Uresti raised a total of $4,122,231 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[5]

Carlos Uresti's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 19 Won $816,097
2010 Texas State Senate, District 19 Won $582,696
2008 Texas State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $531,158
2006 Texas State Senate, District 19 Won $1,741,045
2004 Texas House of Representatives, District 118 Won $161,819
2002 Texas House of Representatives, District 118 Won $80,968
2000 Texas House of Representatives, District 118 Won $78,180
1998 Texas House of Representatives, District 118 Won $130,268
Grand Total Raised $4,122,231

2012

Uresti won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $816,097.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carlos Uresti's campaign in 2012
Watts Guerra & Craft$35,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$30,000
Kickapoo Traditional Tribe Of Texas$22,500
Border Health$20,000
Mostyn Law Firm$20,000
Total Raised in 2012$816,097
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Uresti won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $582,696.

2008

Uresti was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $531,158.

2006

Uresti won election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $1,741,045.

2004

Uresti won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $161,819.

2002

Uresti won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $80,968.

2000

Uresti won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $78,180.

1998

Uresti won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Uresti raised a total of $130,268.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[7]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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 were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Uresti received a score of 51.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Carlos Uresti received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Uresti's has two children: Michael and Carlos, Jr. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Controversies

Taxpayer money for flights

Uresti was spotlighted by Texas Watchdog in November 2009 for spending taxpayer money on specially hired flights through the Texas Department of Transportation. Uresti spent $15,100 for four flights between January 1, 2008-May 1, 2009.[9]

In the same article, Texas senators Robert Duncan (R) and John Carona (R) were also cited for having racked up large travel reimbursement bills.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Madla
Texas Senate District 19
2007-present
Succeeded by
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