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Gilbert Pena
Texas House of Representatives, District 144
In office
January 13, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth05/27/1949
Place of birthGalveston, TX
ReligionBody of Jesus Christ
Office website
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Gilbert Pena is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 144. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Pena earned his B.A. in Political Science from Texas Southern University.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Pena served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Services
Juvenile Justice & Family Issues


Campaign themes


Pena's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


  • Excerpt: "I know the citizens of District 144 and how their lives are greatly impacted by the high cost of gasoline. You can count on me to work on solutions that will bring that cost down to a more affordable level."


  • Excerpt: "I have had enough of Legislators wasting constituents’ hard-earned tax dollars. I will fight to cut wasteful government spending and will always vote to keep your taxes low."


  • Excerpt: "I will fight for the rights of unborn children without fail. As a parent of a severely disabled child, the thought of not having the child never crossed my mind. You can count on me to be your pro-life vote, and expect me to stand up and be heard on the sanctity of this delicate issue."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that you have the right to personal protection and for that reason, I will always be a second amendment activist."


  • Excerpt: "Finding solutions to fund Schools and protecting the tax payers from higher taxes will be a priority."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Mary Ann Perez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Gilbert Pena was unopposed in the Republican primary. Perez was defeated by Pena in the general election.[1][2][3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 144 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Pena 50.6% 6,015
     Democratic Mary Ann Perez Incumbent 49.4% 5,863
Total Votes 11,878


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pena ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 144. Pena was defeated by David Pineda in the May 29 primary election.[4][5]

Texas House of Representatives District 144 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Pineda 58.2% 1,437
Gilbert Pena 41.8% 1,030
Total Votes 2,467


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pena lost election to Texas House of Representatives District 143. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Democratic candidate Ana Hernandez in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 143
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ana Hernandez (D) 7,409 68.30%
Gilbert Pena (R) 3,438 31.697%


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Pena and his wife, Cynthia, have four children.

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Preceded by
Mary Ann Perez (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 143
Succeeded by