Charles Gonzalez

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Charles A. "Charlie" Gonzalez
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U.S. House, Texas, District 20
Former member
In office
January 3, 1999-January 3, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State District Court Judge, Bexar County
1989-1997
County Judge, Bexar County, Texas
1983-1987
Education
High schoolThomas A. Edison High School, TX
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
J.D.St. Mary’s School of Law
Personal
Net worth$38,501
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Campaign website
Charles A. "Charlie" Gonzalez (b. May 5, 1945) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Gonzalez represented Texas' 20th congressional district from 1999 to 2013.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gonzalez was a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Biography

After graduating from the University of Texas, Gonzalez went on to earn his J.D. from St. Mary's School of Law. Gonzalez taught 5th grade for one year before pursuing his legal career. Gonzalez's father represented Texas's 20th district from 1961 to 1998, when Gonzalez succeeded him.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Gonzalez served on the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Gonzalez voted for 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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 20th congressional district elections, 2012

Gonzalez did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. Joaquin Castro (D) defeated David Rosa (R), A.E. Potts (L), and Antonio Diaz (G) in the general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Gonzalez won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Clayton Trotter (R) and Michael "Commander" Idrogo (L).[5]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 20, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles A. Gonzalez Incumbent 63.6% 58,645
     Republican Clayton Trotter 34.4% 31,757
     Libertarian Michael "Commander" Idrogo 1.9% 1,783
Total Votes 92,185

Campaign donors

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

Gonzalez won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gonzalez's campaign committee raised a total of $921,601 and spent $970,471.[6]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gonzalez paid his congressional staff a total of $931,801 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranked 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.[7]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Gonzalez was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Gonzalez's staff was given an apparent $2,000.00 in bonus money.[8]

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, Gonzalez's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-198,995 to $275,997. That averages to $38,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 34.19% from 2010.[9]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gonzalez's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-163,995 to $280,998. That averages to $58,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[10]

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. Gonzalez tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 138th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[11]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gonzalez was ranked 149th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[12]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Gonzalez voted with the Democratic Party 87.0% of the time, which ranked 162 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[13]

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Personal

Gonzalez has one son.[2]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Gonzalez
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 20th District
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Joaquin Castro
Preceded by
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Texas State District Court Judge, Bexar County
1989-1997
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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County Judge, Bexar County, Texas
1983-1987
Succeeded by
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