Armando Martinez

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Armando Martinez
Armando Martinez.jpg
Texas State House, District 39
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas Pan American
Office website
Campaign website
Armando Martinez is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 39 since 2005.

Martinez is a licensed paramedic and firefighter. He works as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic for Valley Aircare.[1]


Martinez is a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Weslaco Fire Department EMS and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg in 1998.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Local & Consent Calendars
Transportation, Vice-chair


Martinez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

  • HB 83 - Relating to establishing a health science center and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • HB 91 - Relating to the establishment by The University of Texas System of a law school in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • HB 839 - Relating to the sale or delivery of salvia divinorum to a child; providing a penalty.
  • HB 845 - Relating to the restoration of the medically needy program under the state Medicaid program.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Martinez won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 39. Martinez defeated Joseph Campos in the May 29 primary election and defeated Joel De Los Santos (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngArmando Martinez Incumbent 77.6% 23,909
     Republican Joel De Los Santos 22.4% 6,886
Total Votes 30,795
Texas House of Representatives District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngArmando Martinez Incumbent 83.9% 11,561
Joseph Campos 16.1% 2,221
Total Votes 13,782


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Martinez won re-election in District 39. He defeated Joel De Los Santos in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[5]


On November 4, 2008, Martinez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 39th District. Martinez ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 23,879 votes.[6] Martinez raised $128,135 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 39
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Armando Martinez (D) 23,879 100.00%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Martinez received $233,399 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]


Below are Martinez's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Hillco Partners $9,000
Abraham Tanus $6,000
Border Health PAC $5,000
American Electric Power $3,000
Texas Medical Assoc $2,512

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


Armando Martinez received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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