J.M. Lozano

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J.M. Lozano
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Texas State House, District 43
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPremont High School
Bachelor'sThe University of Texas at Austin
Office website

J.M. Lozano is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 43rd District since 2011.[1] Lozano changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in March 2012.[2]


Lozano was raised in Premont, Texas where he attended public schools K-12. Upon his graduation from Premont High, J. M. chose to attend The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Bachelor degree in Government. While at UT, J. M. was a member of the University of Texas Mock Trial Team, the Student Association and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Also, during his time at UT, J. M. interned in State Senator Truan's office, further whetting his interest in public service.

After graduating from UT in 2003, J. M. moved to McAllen, Texas to begin work in the office of U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. It was while living in McAllen that he met his wife-to-be: Avelina "Abby" Rodriguez. After they married, the couple moved to San Antonio where both pursued and received their Master's Degrees. J. M. received his Master's in Business Administration from The University of Incarnate Word. The Lozanos have two children, Penelope, 3 and J.M. III, 1 and a half year old .

Entering the business world, J. M. began with one Wingstop Restaurant in Kingsville where he and his family live. He then expanded into a second operation in Alice, with a third operation on the horizon.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Resources
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, Vice-chair
Rules & Resolutions


Lozano served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Lozano's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano has built, owned and operated successful restaurants throughout our community. He knows first-hand what it takes to build a business and keep people working and out of the unemployment line. Since we elected him to serve us in the State House of Representatives, Texas has ranked #1 in job creation for the nation."
  • Energy Independence
Excerpt: "Barack Obama and Washington, D.C. liberals view the oil and gas industry as the enemy. But for us, it's our livelihood. It's the way we provide for our families."
  • Voter ID
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano authored and fought for a bill that would require a photo on every voter registration card. That's how you fight voter fraud. (Source: Rep. Lozano, 82(R), HFA-CSSB14-Voter Registration Certificate Must Include Photo)."
  • Protect Small Business
Excerpt: "He knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy - both as a small business owner and a representative consistently voting to protect small businesses from over-regulation and higher taxation. That's why he voted to extend a tax cut for 40,000 small businesses."
  • 100% Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Representative Lozano is fervently pro-life and earned the endorsement of the Texas Alliance for Life in recognition of his consistent, pro-life record. To him, there is nothing more important than family and faith."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lozano won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 43. Lozano advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated Bill T. Willson, II. Lozano defeated Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.M. Lozano Incumbent 51.5% 24,074
     Democratic Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles 48.5% 22,629
Total Votes 46,703
Texas House of Representatives District 43 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJ.M. Lozano Incumbent 44.4% 3,115
Green check mark transparent.pngBill T. Willson, II 43.7% 3,071
William Willie Vaden 11.9% 837
Total Votes 7,023


Lozano defeated incumbent Tara Rios Ybarra in the March 2, 2010 Democratic primary. He ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Lozano raised a total of $551,801 in 2010. Below are Lozano's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[6]

Contributor 2010 total
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $126,362
Lozano, J.M. $91,000
Lozano, Jose $89,028
Mostyn, J.S. $50,000
Gorena, Michael $25,000
Lozano-Gorena, Maria $25,000


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


J.M. Lazano received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tara Rios Ybarra (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 43
Succeeded by