Joaquin Castro

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Joaquin Castro
Joaquin Castro.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 20
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorCharles Gonzalez (D)
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
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Net worth$132,500
Office website
Campaign website
Joaquin Castro is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing Texas' 20th congressional district. He was first elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Castro formerly served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing district 125 from 2003-2013.


Castro is an attorney and visiting professor at Saint Mary's University School of Law. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School, and BA from Stanford University.[2]


  • 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


Castro serves on the following committees:[4]

Texas House


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


  • 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.[5]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Representative Castro announced on June 24, 2011 that he would run for US Congress in 2012, challenging incumbent Democrat Lloyd Doggett "in a redrawn district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio."[6] Doggett's District 25 was redrawn in the 2011 redistricting cycle, opening up opportunities for political challengers. Commenting on his decision to run Castro said "The closer I look at this district, the more I began to realize the incredible potential that it has. This would be among the few congressional districts in the nation that connects two major American cities, within the top 15 of the nation."[6] Castro had the following to say about his opponent: "I respect Congressman Doggett. I respect his long years of service. I think that I would be a strong new voice for the people for San Antonio and Austin, and the communities in between."[6]

Castro ran 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.[7][8]

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"


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.[9]

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%


On November 4, 2008, Castro won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 125th District, receiving 36,003 votes without opposition.[10] He raised $100,536 for his campaign.[11]

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.[12]

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


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.[13]


Castro raised a total of $120,245 in 2010. Below are Castros top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[14]

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


Castro raised $100,536. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[15]

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


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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[17]


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


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Gonzalez
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Texas House District 125
Succeeded by