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Carlos Uresti
Texas State Senate, District 19
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Carlos Uresti (b. September 12, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 19 since 2007.

In addition to his senatorship, Uresti is an attorney in a San Antonio private practice. [1] Prior to his election to the state senate, Uresti was a representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006. Uresti also served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps.[2]

Uresti graduated with a B.A. in political science from St. Mary's University and also graduated with a J.D. also from St. Mary's University.

District 19

District 19 spans 23 counties and covers 55,000 square miles, making it the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states. [3]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration, Vice-chair
Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security, Vice-chair
Health & Human Services
Natural Resources


Uresti served on the following Texas Senate committees:




See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Uresti won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 19. Uresti ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Michael Berlanga (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Uresti Incumbent 59.4% 122,214
     Republican Michael Berlanga 40.6% 83,522
Total Votes 205,736


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Uresti ran for re-election to the 19th District Seat in 2010. He defeated Luis Juarez in the Democratic primary on March 3, 2010. Uresti received 25,969 votes while Juarez received 8,125.[5]Dick Bowen ran for the seat on the Republican ticket.

Uresti defeated Republican candidate Dick Bowen and Libertarian candidate Mette Baker in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 19
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Uresti (D) 61,327 52.13%
Dick Bowen (R) 53,024 45.08%
Mette Baker (L) 3,269 2.77%


On Nov. 7, 2006, Uresti won election to the 19th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Dick Bowen (R).[7]

Uresti raised $71,741,045 for his campaign while Bowen raised $99,113.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Uresti (D) 58,876 59.17%
Dick Bowen (R) 40,621 40.82%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Uresti raised a total of $582,696 in 2010. Below are Uresti's top campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[9]

Contributor 2010 total
Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas $20,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $15,000
Texas Association of Realtors $10,039
4 separate donors each contributing: $10,000


In 2006, a year in which Uresti was up for election, he collected $1,741,045 in donations. [10]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Williams Bailey Law Firm $250,000
Rene Barrientes $160,000
Watts Law Frm LLP $80,000
Waters & Kraus $75,000


Uresti was spotlighted by Texas Watchdog in November 2009 for spending taxpayer money on specially hired flights through the Texas Department of Transportation. Uresti spent $15,100 for four flights between January 1, 2008-May 1, 2009.[11]

In the same article, Texas senators Robert Duncan (R) and John Carona (R) were also cited for having racked up large travel reimbursement bills.


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


Carlos Uresti received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Uresti's hometown is San Antonio, Texas. He has two children: Michael and Carlos, Jr.

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Preceded by
Frank Madla
Texas Senate District 19
Succeeded by