|Texas State House, District 118|
|2007 - Present|
|January 11, 2013|
|Years in position||8|
|Per diem||$150 per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
Farias received his AA from Saint Philips Junior College. He has worked as a Supervisor of Technical Training for City Public Service from 1971-2003, and served in the United States Army from 1968-1971.
He is a member of the Saint Leo's Catholic School Board.
Joe Farias serves on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee
- Local & Consent Calendars Committee
- Rules & Resolutions Committee
- Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee, Texas House
- Public Education Committee, Texas House
- Rules & Resolutions Committee, Texas House
- HB 1978 - Relating to the establishment of an evidence-based youth development competitive grant pilot program.
- HB 2408 - Relating to the extension of consumer credit to certain members of the Texas National Guard and armed forces of the United States and their dependents; providing a penalty.
- HB 3041 - Relating to a comprehensive schedule of public school reporting requirements.
- HB 3042 - Relating to a study regarding changing the state minimum wage to the living wage.
Farias did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
Farias won re-election in District 118. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 118 |
2010 General election results
|Joe Farias (D)||13,824||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Farias won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 118th District, receiving 24,169 votes ahead of Republican Don Green (14,747) and Libertarian James Thompson (1,414). He raised $181,357 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 118|
|Joe Farias (D)||24,169||59.92%|
|Don Green (R)||14,747||36.56%|
|James L. Thompson (L)||1,414||3.50%|
In 2010, Farias received $103,750 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joe Farias's campaign in 2010|
|San Antonio Police Officers Association||$2,600|
|San Antonio Fire Fighters||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$103,750|
Farias raised $181,357 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.
|Watts Law Firm||$25,000|
|Texans for Economic Development||$10,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc||$9,000|
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.
Joe Farias received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Joe Farias's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Joe Farias
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 118 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Mexican American Legislative Caucus profile
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Farias
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Farias
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Farias Issue Positions
- Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas House official election results for 2008
- District 118 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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