Joaquin Castro

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Joaquin Castro
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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
Date of birthSeptember 16, 1974
Place of birthSan Antonio, Texas
Net worth$132,500
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.


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:


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.[5]



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.


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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[9] He raised $100,536 for his campaign.[10]

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.[11]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Castro's reports.[12]

Joaquin Castro (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$147,054.23$121,329.00$(103,991.37)$164,391.86
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$164,391.86$175,438.18$(97,772.63)$242,057.41
Running totals


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.[15] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[16]

Cost per vote

Castro spent $11.32 per vote received in 2012.


Castro raised a total of $120,245 in 2010. Below are Castros top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[17]

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.[18]

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


Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]


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."[23] 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