Bill Flores

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Bill Flores
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U.S. House, Texas, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorChet Edwards (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,655,193
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Master'sHouston Baptist University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1954
Place of birthCheyenne, Wyoming
ProfessionAccountant, Executive Company Executive
Net worth$8,274,507
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William "Bill" Flores (b. February 25, 1954 in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 17th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2010.

Flores most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He defeated Ben Easton (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Flores is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree, Flores worked for several energy companies, eventually reaching the executive level. He earned his CPA in 1978 and his M.B.A. in 1985. He also serves on the boards of several non-profits. His election to the U.S. House was his first foray into politics.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Flores serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Flores was a member of the following committees:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Flores' campaign website listed the following beliefs:[7]

  • Limited Government Conservative
Excerpt: "Unlike a lot of folks in Congress, I do not believe government gets better just because it gets bigger. I do not think there is a government solution to every challenge our country faces."
  • Economic Recovery
Excerpt: "Every business and every family in America has faced difficult financial situations before. For all of us, it meant we tightened our belts, set priorities, and worked hard to move ahead."
  • AMERICAN Energy Development
Excerpt: "If there is one aspect of America’s economy that I know well it is the energy industry. I can tell you first hand; this is one industry that has literally been hamstrung by people in Congress who put politics, radical ideas, scare-mongering rhetoric, and grandstanding ahead of AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE."
  • Staying On Offense Against Terrorism
Excerpt: "It seems every month, events occur which remind us we face a dedicated, murderous swarm of fanatics whose goal is to kill civilians, harm our economy, and destroy America. We cannot ever relent in our efforts to kill or capture these terrorists. "
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "True national security means controlling our borders and effectively policing our interior to ensure that terrorists, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals are hunted down, prosecuted, and imprisoned or deported. "

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Flores voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 17th congressional district elections, 2014

Flores is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Flores won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 17th District. He defeated George Hindman in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He then defeated Ben Easton (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, Texas District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Flores Incumbent 79.9% 143,284
     Libertarian Ben Easton 20.1% 35,978
Total Votes 179,262
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 17 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Flores Incumbent 82.5% 41,449
George Hindman 17.5% 8,790
Total Votes 50,239

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Flores is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Flores raised a total of $4,655,193 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[12]

Bill Flores's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 17) Won $1,301,528
2010 US House (Texas, District 17) Won $3,353,665
Grand Total Raised $4,655,193

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Flores's reports.[13]

Bill Flores (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$206,122.19$253,375.00$(57,595.41)$401,901.78
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$401,901.78$143,967.73$(67,322.17)$478,547.34
Running totals
$397,342.73$(124,917.58)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Flores' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Flores won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Flores' campaign committee raised a total of $1,301,529 and spent $1,059,095.[16] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[17]

Cost per vote

Flores spent $7.39 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Flores's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Flores won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Flores's campaign committee raised a total of $3,353,665 and spent $3,309,747.[18]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Flores is a "lonely far-right Republican follower" as of June 2013.[19]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[20]

Flores most often votes with:

Flores least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Flores missed 54 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[21]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Flores paid his congressional staff a total of $775,582 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Flores' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,481,015 to $13,068,000. That averages to $8,274,507, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 4.42% from 2010.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Flores' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,220,016 to $12,628,000. That averages to $7,924,008 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[24]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Flores tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 18th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[25]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Flores ranked 24th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[26]

Voting with party

2013

Bill Flores voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 129th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[27]

Personal

Flores and his wife, Gina, have two sons and one grandchild.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  5. Natural Resources Committee "Subcommittee on Water and Power"
  6. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Proudly Serving America's Veterans "Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I)"
  7. Campaign website, Beliefs
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Democratic candidate list
  10. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bill Flores," Accessed March 25, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Bill Flores Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  14. 'Federal Election Commission "Bill Flores April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  15. 'Federal Election Commission "Bill Flores July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Bill Flores 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "William Flores Career Profile," Accessed October 27, 2011
  19. Gov Track "Bill Flores," Accessed June 7 2013
  20. OpenCongress, "Bill Flores," Accessed August 2, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Bill Flores," Accessed April 2, 2013
  22. LegiStorm, "Bill Flores," Accessed September 13, 2012
  23. OpenSecrets.org "Bill Flores (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Bill Flores (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Chet Edwards
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 17
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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