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}}{{tnr}}'''Joaquin Castro''' (b. September 16, 1974 in San Antonio, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Texas' 20th congressional district]]. He was first elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated [[David Rosa]] (R), [[A.E. Potts]] (L), and [[Antonio Diaz]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Joaquin Castro''' (b. September 16, 1974 in San Antonio, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Texas' 20th congressional district]]. He was first elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated [[David Rosa]] (R), [[A.E. Potts]] (L) and [[Antonio Diaz]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
  
 
Castro began his political career in the [[Texas House of Representatives]], where he represented district 125 from 2003 to 2013.
 
Castro began his political career in the [[Texas House of Representatives]], where he represented district 125 from 2003 to 2013.
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Castro won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 20th congressional district elections, 2012|20th District]]. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.  He defeated [[David Rosa]] (R), [[A.E. Potts]] (L), and [[Antonio Diaz]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
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Castro won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 20th congressional district elections, 2012|20th District]]. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.  He defeated [[David Rosa]] (R), [[A.E. Potts]] (L) and [[Antonio Diaz]] (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
  
 
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Joaquin Castro
Joaquin Castro.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 20
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles Gonzalez (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,494,023
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
2003-2013
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1974
Place of birthSan Antonio, Texas
ProfessionAttorney/Professor
Net worth$132,500
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joaquin Castro (b. September 16, 1974 in San Antonio, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing Texas' 20th congressional district. He was first elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated David Rosa (R), A.E. Potts (L) and Antonio Diaz (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Castro began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represented district 125 from 2003 to 2013.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Castro is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Castro is an attorney and visiting professor at Saint Mary's University School of Law. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Stanford University.[2]

Career

  • 2000-present: Practicing lawyer[3]
  • 2002-2012: Texas House of Representatives[3]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Castro serves on the following committees:[4]

Texas House

2011-2012

Joaquin Castro served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Castro's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Castro voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Castro voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Castro voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Castro voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Castro voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Castro voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Castro voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[14]

Castro sponsored the following legislation while a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

  • HB 741 - Relating to health education curriculum and instruction in public schools.
  • HB 1689 - Relating to the creation of additional judicial districts in Bexar County.
  • HB 2385 - Relating to the punishment for the offense of prohibited sexual conduct.
  • HB 2754 - Relating to a central database containing information about certain offenders who have committed offenses involving family or dating violence.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 20th congressional district elections, 2014

Castro is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Castro won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 20th District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated David Rosa (R), A.E. Potts (L) and Antonio Diaz (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[16][17]

U.S. House, Texas District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoaquin Castro 63.9% 119,032
     Republican David Rosa 33.5% 62,376
     Libertarian A.E. Potts 1.7% 3,143
     Green Antonio Diaz 0.9% 1,626
Total Votes 186,177
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Castro won re-election in District 125. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian Jeffrey Blunt in the November 2 general election.[18]

Texas House of Representatives, District 125
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joaquin Castro (D) 16,590 78.49%
Jeffrey Blunt (L) 4,545 21.5%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Castro won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 125th District, receiving 36,003 votes without opposition.[19] He raised $100,536 for his campaign.[20]

Texas House of Representatives, District 125
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joaquin Castro (D) 36,003 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Castro is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Castro raised a total of $1,494,023 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[21]

Joaquin Castro's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 20) Won $1,494,023
Grand Total Raised $1,494,023

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Castro's reports.[22]

Joaquin Castro (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$147,054.23$121,329.00$(103,991.37)$164,391.86
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$164,391.86$175,438.18$(97,772.63)$242,057.41
Running totals
$296,767.18$(201,764)

2012

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

Castro won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Castro's campaign committee raised a total of $1,494,023 and spent $1,346,968.[25] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[26]

Cost per vote

Castro spent $11.32 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Castro raised a total of $120,245 in 2010. Below are Castros top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[27]

Contributor 2010 total
Valero Energy $3,500
International Bank of Commerce $2,500
Cedillo, Ricardo $2,500
Watts, Mikal $2,500
Wallae, John $2,500
Texas Association of Realtors $2,500

2008

Castro raised $100,536. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[28]

Contributor 2008 total
Contender Consulting & Rene Barrientos $8,300
San Antonio Fire Fighers $3,500
Joe V Lamantia III $3,500
Texas Assoc of Realtors $3,000
San Antonio Police Officers PAC $2,500

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[29]

Castro most often votes with:

Castro least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Castro missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

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, Castro's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-19,997 to $284,998. That averages to $132,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[31]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Castro has voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time. This ranked 117th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[32]

Scorecards

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

2011

Joaquin Castro received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Castro
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal "Texas, 20th House District: Joaquín Castro (D)," November 7, 2012
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Castro
  16. Democratic candidate list
  17. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  18. Official Texas Election Results
  19. Texas House official election results for 2008
  20. District 125 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joaquin Castro," Accessed March 25, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. 'Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  24. 'Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Joaquin Castro 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  27. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  28. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  29. OpenCongress, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed August 2, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed April 2, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org "Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  32. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  33. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Gonzalez
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 20
2013-present
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Preceded by
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Texas House District 125
2003–2013
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