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Francisco Canseco
Francisco Canseco.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 23
Former member
In office
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCiro Rodriguez
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Louis University
J.D.St. Louis University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1949
Place of birthLaredo, Texas
ProfessionLawyer, Banker
Net worth$371,515
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Campaign website
Francisco "Quico" Canseco (b. July 30, 1949) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Canseco represented Texas' 23rd congressional district from 2011 to 2013. Canseco was defeated by Democratic challenger Pete Gallego on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Canseco was a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]

Biography

Canseco is a first-generation American, as his parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico. After earning his bachelor's and J.D. From St. Louis University, Canseco worked in banking law. This eventually led him to begin working in the finance sector.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-12

Canseco served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Canseco 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.[6]

Elections

2014

Canseco is considered a potential candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in 2014. His unsuccessful bid for re-election in the general election left the lame-duck 23rd congressional district Rep. motivated to reclaim his seat from Pete Gallego (D) in the next election cycle.[7]

2012

See also: Texas' 23rd congressional district elections, 2012

Canseco ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 23rd District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He ran against Pete Gallego (D), Jeffrey Blunt (L), and Ed Scharf (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[10] Canseco ranked 3rd on the list.[10] The article notes that in the redistricting process, Republican legislators were "careful when they redrew the district not to bring down the district’s Hispanic percentage in order to avoid violating the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters."[10] Instead, redistricting switched out high-voting Democratic Hispanic areas with areas that have lower turnout.[10] According to the article, if the district stands up to legal scrutiny, Canseco will be in a better position heading into the 2012 election.

U.S. House, Texas District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Gallego 50.3% 96,676
     Republican Francisco Canseco Incumbent 45.6% 87,547
     Libertarian Jeffrey C. Blunt 3% 5,841
     Green Ed Scharf 1.1% 2,105
Total Votes 192,169
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Canseco won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Ciro D. Rodriguez (D), Craig T. Stephens (Independent), Martin Nitschke (Libertarian), and Ed Scharf (Green).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 23, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrancisco "Quico" Canseco 49.4% 74,853
     Democratic Ciro D. Rodriguez Incumbent 44.4% 67,348
     Independent Craig T. Stephens 3.6% 5,432
     Libertarian Martin Nitschke 1.6% 2,482
     Green Ed Scharf 0.9% 1,419
Total Votes 151,534

Campaign donors

2012

Breakdown of the source of Canseco's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Canseco did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Canseco's campaign committee raised a total of $2,712,704 and spent $2,534,135.[12]

2010

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

Canseco won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Canseco's campaign committee raised a total of $1,569,081 and spent $1,460,461.[13]

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. Canseco paid his congressional staff a total of $733,805 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.[14]

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, Canseco's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-336,966 to $1,079,997. That averages to $371,515, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 52.64% from 2010.[15]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Green's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $49,037 to $1,519,998. That averages to $784,517.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

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. Canseco ranked 23rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[17]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Canseco was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 54th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[18]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Canseco voted with the Republican Party 95.3% of the time, which ranked 23 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[19]

Recent news

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Personal

Canseco and his wife, Gloria, have three children.[20]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ciro Rodriguez
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 23rd District
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Pete Gallego