Joe Farias

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Joe Farias
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Texas State House, District 118
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$7,200
Per diem$150 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Joe Farias is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 118 since 2007.

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.[1]

Committee assignments


Joe Farias serves on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • 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.[2]


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.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farias is running in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 118. The primary election takes place on May 29, 2012 and the general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[4]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 118
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png 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).[6] He raised $181,357 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 118
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Farias (D) 24,169 59.92%
Don Green (R) 14,747 36.56%
James L. Thompson (L) 1,414 3.50%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Farias received $103,750 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joe Farias's campaign in 2010
Border Health$5,000
San Antonio Police Officers Association$2,600
Poneck, Douglas$2,500
Kellum, Daniel$2,500
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.[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Watts Law Firm $25,000
Texans for Economic Development $10,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc $9,000
Valero Energy $6,000
Hillco Partner $5,054


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."[10] 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.

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Texas House District 118
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