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|Name = Aaron Pena
political position  = Texas House of Representatives District 40 |
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|Position = Texas House of Representatives, District 40
assumed office     = 2003 |
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term ends          = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 11, 2013]] |
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|Tenure = 2003 - 2013
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profession          = Civil Defense Lawyer |
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website            = [http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=40 Pena House member page] |
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Aaron Pena''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas House of Representatives]], representing District 40 since 2003. He was formerly a [[Democrat]], before switching parties in December 2010.
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''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.
 
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.
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==2010 Party Switch==
 
==2010 Party Switch==
  
Shortly after winning re-election to District 40 in the [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010|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.” <ref name="ritter">[http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Democratic-party-switchers-give-GOP-a-House-894784.php ''My San Antonio'' December 15, 2010 "ADemocratic party-switchers give GOP a House supermajority"]</ref>
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Shortly after winning re-election to District 40 in the [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010|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.”<ref name="ritter">[http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Democratic-party-switchers-give-GOP-a-House-894784.php ''My San Antonio'' December 15, 2010 "ADemocratic party-switchers give GOP a House supermajority"]</ref>
 
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==Issue positions==
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Pena did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test.  The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=50000 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pena ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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===Voter fraud===
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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.<Ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/05/voter-fraud-bills-face-end-of-texas-legislative-session/1305665441.story ''Texas Watchdog'', "Texas voter fraud bills face end of session, South Texas lawmaker remains optimistic", May 17,2011]</Ref><ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/02/texas-state-rep-aaron-pea-plans-legislation-to-curb-mailin-ballot-voter-fraud/1298578436.column ''Texas Watchdog'', "Texas State Rep. Aaron Peña plans legislation to curb mail-in ballot fraud", February 24,2011]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
Aaron Pena  serves on the following [[Texas House of Representatives]] committees:
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Aaron Pena  served on the following [[Texas House of Representatives]] committees:
 
* [[Redistricting Committee, Texas House |Redistricting Committee]]
 
* [[Redistricting Committee, Texas House |Redistricting Committee]]
 
* [[Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, Texas House |Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee]]
 
* [[Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, Texas House |Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee]]
 
* [[Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Committee, Texas House |Technology, Economic Development and Workforce Committee]] ''Chair''
 
* [[Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Committee, Texas House |Technology, Economic Development and Workforce Committee]] ''Chair''
 
* Voter Identification & Voter Fraud, Select Committee
 
* Voter Identification & Voter Fraud, Select Committee
 
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
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*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.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=81R&Code=A4140 Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Pena]</ref>
 
*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.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=81R&Code=A4140 Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Pena]</ref>
  
==Elections==
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===Voter fraud===
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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.<Ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/05/voter-fraud-bills-face-end-of-texas-legislative-session/1305665441.story ''Texas Watchdog'', "Texas voter fraud bills face end of session, South Texas lawmaker remains optimistic," May 17,2011]</Ref><ref>[http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/02/texas-state-rep-aaron-pea-plans-legislation-to-curb-mailin-ballot-voter-fraud/1298578436.column ''Texas Watchdog'', "Texas State Rep. Aaron Peña plans legislation to curb mail-in ballot fraud," February 24,2011]</ref>
  
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==Elections==
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
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===2008===
 
===2008===
  
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.<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe Texas House official election results for 2008]</ref>  Pena raised $468,798 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100036 District 40 Texas House candidate funds, 2008]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe ''Texas Secretary of State'', "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014]</ref>  Pena raised $468,798 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100036 District 40 Texas House candidate funds, 2008]</ref>
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===2010===
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In 2010, Pena received $28,647 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=TX&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions]</ref>
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|org1 = Perry, Bob J
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|org2 = Border Health
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|org3 = Ryan & Co
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|org4 = Texans For Lawsuit Reform
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|org5 = Texas Association Of Realtors
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|orgdonor1 = $11,000
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|orgdonor2 = $5,000
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===2008===
 
Below are Pena's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100036 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
Below are Pena's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100036 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
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==Recent news==
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==Scorecards==
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===Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index===
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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."<ref>[http://empowertexans.com/index ''Empower Texans'', "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014]</ref> Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
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'''Aaron Pena''' received a grade of '''C+''' on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
  
 
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Revision as of 07:26, 17 March 2014

Aaron Pena
Aaronpena.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 40
Retired
In office
2003 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
CandidateVerification
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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

  • 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]

Elections

2010

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]

2008

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

2010

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

2008

Below are Pena's top 5 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

Recent news

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Scorecards

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

2011

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

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Texas House District 40
2003–2013
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Terry Canales (D)