|Texas House of Representatives, District 33|
|2011 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University (1991)|
|J.D.||Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University (1994)|
|Date of birth||February 6, 1955|
|Place of birth||Robstown, Texas|
|Profession||Certified Public Accountant|
- MBA, Business, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University - Corpus Christi, 1994
- B.A., Accounting, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University - Corpus Christi, 1991
- President, Freedom Tax Services Incorporated, present
- Owner, Raul Torres Certified Public Accountant, 1993-present
Raul Torres served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Appropriations Committee
- Insurance Committee
- Appropriations - S/C on Articles VI. VII, & VIII, Select Committee
Torres discusses his positions on five key issues on his campaign site:
Oppose Tax Increases Excerpt:"As your state representative I will work to stop higher taxes. Texas already has one of the highest property taxes in the nation and raising it even higher will only destroy the business climate we’ve worked so hard to build and that has made our state stand so strong during the country’s worst economic decline since the Great Depression.
Along with that, let me also say that I will NEVER support a state income tax. Why do I mention an income tax? Because at this very moment, Texas is facing an $18 billion shortfall – $18 billion. Politicians like my liberal opponent are already planning to use this as an excuse to raise your taxes. And they will try to use this shortfall as an excuse to impose a statewide income tax on all of us."
End the Waste Excerpt:"As your voice in Austin, I will also work to eliminate wasteful spending. Even though the legislature managed to balance the state budget in the last session, spending has increased faster than inflation and the growth of population. Government at all levels must live within its means just like families across this state do everyday.
I’m an accountant and a business owner. I know how to analyze, create and work from a budget. It’s what I do every day. And I will put that knowledge and experience to work for you – to make sure your state government doesn’t spend a penny more than is absolutely necessary and that it spends every penny of your tax dollars wisely."
Create Jobs Excerpt:"I also will work to create new jobs by attracting business to our Coastal Bend region and limiting regulations that make it more difficult to do business in Texas. By coordinating economic development efforts at levels of government, we can bring new businesses to our community and help local businesses grow and expand. And by limiting regulation, we will help businesses both large and small continue to thrive."
Protect Life Excerpt:"I have earned the endorsement of Texas Alliance for Life because I believe in the sanctity of life and they recognize I am a true pro-life candidate. I believe life begins at conception and will fight to ensure that the sanctity of life is respected, protected and upheld. I support adoption as an alternative to abortion and will seek additional state funding for the “Alternatives to Abortion” fund which provides grants to social service groups that assist pregnant women considering childbirth instead of abortion."
Political Courage Test
Torres did not provide answers to the 2010 Political Courage Test.
|Texas Comptroller Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.|
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
Torres ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 20. Torres ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Juan Hinojosa (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Juan Hinojosa Incumbent||61.5%||112,629|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 33 |
2010 General election results
|Raul Torres (R)||12,499||52.5%|
|Solomon Ortiz Jr(D)||11,306||47.49%|
Ortiz raised $324,046 for his campaign while Torres raised $53,833.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 33|
|Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D)||24,582|
|Raul Torres (R)||14,792|
|Justin Garrett (L)||2,261||5.43%|
Torres raised a total of $367,621 in 2010. Below are Torres's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$75,000|
|Associated Republicans of Texas||$62,000|
|Hispanic Republicans of Texas||$61,843|
|Perry, Bob J.||$12,500|
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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." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Raul Torres received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Grew up in Nueces County, TX
- Married 35 years to Gina Torres
- 4 children and 6 grandchildren
- Member of Brawner Parkway Church of Christ
- Texas House member page
- Campaign site
- Facebook page
- Candidate Twitter Page
- Texas House GOP YouTube Channel
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Texas Tribune Profile
- Imagine Election Profile
- Rio Grande Guardian, "Torres: I am running for Texas Comptroller," May 29, 2013
- What Raul Believes
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 Election and Candidate Information," accessed June 12, 2012
- Official Texas Election Results (timed out)
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- District 33 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed January 1, 2015
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D)
|Texas House of Representatives District 33
| Succeeded by|
Scott Turner (R)