|U.S. House, Texas, District 20|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Charles Gonzalez (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Birthday||September 16, 1974|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
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.
- 2000-present: Practicing lawyer
- 2002-2012: Texas House of Representatives
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
Castro serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Joaquin Castro served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
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.
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 20 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 125 |
2010 General election results
|Joaquin Castro (D)||16,590||78.49%|
|Jeffrey Blunt (L)||4,545||21.5%|
|Texas House of Representatives, District 125|
|Joaquin Castro (D)||36,003||100.00%|
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.
|Joaquin Castro's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 20)||$1,494,023|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,494,023|
|Joaquin Castro (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$147,054.23||$121,329.00||$(103,991.37)||$164,391.86|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$164,391.86||$175,438.18||$(97,772.63)||$242,057.41|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Castro spent $11.32 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 20th Congressional District, 2012 - Joaquin Castro Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$54,402|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$57,952|
|Top contributors to Joaquin Castro's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$18,500|
|Communications Workers of America||$15,000|
|Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$64,550|
|Building Trade Unions||$43,500|
Castro raised a total of $120,245 in 2010. Below are Castros top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|International Bank of Commerce||$2,500|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$2,500|
Castro raised $100,536. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|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|
The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.
Castro most often votes with:
Castro least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress 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.
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." 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Joaquin + Castro + Texas + House
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- Media coverage:
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 125 page
- Texas Tribune profile
- Vote-TX.org profile
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus profile
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Castro
- National Journal "Texas, 20th House District: Joaquín Castro (D)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Castro
- Democratic candidate list
- Unofficial Democratic primary results
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas House official election results for 2008
- District 125 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Joaquin Castro," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Joaquin Castro July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Joaquin Castro 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- OpenCongress, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Joaquin Castro," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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