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|U.S. House, Texas, District 7|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan, 1988|
Cargas earned his bachelor's degree in English/Communications from the University of Michigan in 1988. He went on to receive his JD from American University. Cargas is currently the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston.
Cargas' website listed the following issues:
- Bring Back American Jobs
- Excerpt: "Over 23 consecutive months of job growth representing over 37 million new private sector jobs has not erased the massive job losses from this recession. More needs to be done to reduce our 8.3% unemployment rate."
- Invest in America’s Future
- Excerpt: "The Tea Party’s crusade to lower taxes at every opportunity and cut federal spending indiscriminately has devastated certain areas essential to America’s future. We need to rebuild our economy, not dismantle and weaken it."
- Enact a Comprehensive Energy Policy
- Excerpt: "Energy independence is a matter of national security and economic stability. The high price of oil has stimulated drilling and production more than any federal subsidy ever could. Supply is only part of the equation, reducing our demand is equally important."
- Increase Science and Biotechnology Funding
- Excerpt: "The Texas Medical Center contains 49 world-class educational and research institutions and top-tier hospitals employing 93,000 Houstonians with an annual economic impact of $14 billion for the Houston area. Its economic future and preeminence in scientific research have been in peril for almost a decade as federal funding for science has been below the rate of inflation."
- Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Excerpt: "Fact: 11 to 20 million undocumented people live in the United States. Building larger more expensive walls will not change this. These individuals are already here, and the overwhelming majority of them are living, working and contributing to our economy and communities. America will benefit socially and economically from comprehensive immigration reform."
Cargas ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 7th District. He and Lissa Squiers defeated Phillip Andrews in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He went on to defeat Squiers in the July 31 runoff. He faced John Culberson (R), Drew Parks (L), and Lance Findley (G) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Culberson Incumbent||60.8%||142,793|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|U.S. House, Texas District 7, 2012 - James Cargas Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$842,045|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$846,831|
|Top contributors to James Cargas's campaign committee|
|Giannaros for Congress||$4,000|
|University of Houston||$3,120|
|Baylor College of Medicine||$3,060|
|University of Arkansas||$2,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$2,749|
Cargas has a wife, Dorina.
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign website, Issues
- Houston Chronicle "3 Houston-area congressmen face no foes to re-election," December 20, 2011
- Associated Press primary runoff results
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Open Secrets "James Cargas 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed April 2, 2013
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