Blake Farenthold

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Blake Farenthold
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U.S. House, Texas, District 27
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.St. Mary's University
Date of birthDecember 12, 1962
Place of birthCorpus Christi, Texas
Office website
Campaign website
Randolph Blake Farenthold (b. December 12, 1962) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Farenthold represents the Texas' 27th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2010.

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[1] Farenthold ranked 1st on the list.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Farenthold is a "moderate Republican follower".[2]


Before entering politics, Farenthold had careers as a conservative radio show host, lawyer, and owner of a computer consulting firm.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Farenthold is a member of the following committees:[4]


Political positions

Percentage vote with party

November 2011

Farenthold voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 59 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[8]



See also: Texas' 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Farenthold is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 27th District. He is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.[9]

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[1] Farenthold ranked 1st on the list.[1] The article notes that in redistricting the new Republican map moved Farenthold's district into "white, heavily Republican Corpus Christi, Texas."[1] Assuming no major Republican competition in a primary and the new map stands up to the legal challenges, Farenthold will go from an "accidental winner" in 2010[1] into a second-term incumbent in a safe Republican district.[1]


On November 2, 2010, Farenthold won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Solomon P. Ortiz (D) and Ed Mishou (Libertarian).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 27, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngR. Blake Farenthold 47.9% 50,976
     Democratic Solomon P. Ortiz Incumbent 47.1% 50,179
     Libertarian Ed Mishou 5% 5,376
Total Votes 106,531

Campaign donors


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

Farenthold won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Farenthold's campaign committee raised a total of $616,618 and spent $565,898.[11]

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Farenthold and his wife, Debbie, have two children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Solomon P. Ortiz
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 27
Succeeded by