|Texas State Senate, District 16|
|1997 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||17|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- 1 District 16
- 2 Issue positions
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Controversy
- 8 Scorecards
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Carona graduated with a B.A. in insurance and real estate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978.
In addition to being a senator, Carona is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Associa and has held that title since 1979. Prior to his election to the state senate, Carona was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1990 to 1996.
John Carona represents District 16, which includes the part of the county of Dallas, Texas.
Transportation and infrastructure have proved important issues for Senator Carona. In 2008, Carona co-published an op-ed titled with Senator Kirk Watson titled the "Time is now to fix transportation" in the Austin American-Statesman in which his issue positions on transportation policy were laid out. To fight the problem of declining and outdated transportation infrastructure in Texas, Carona offered the following alternatives: 
• "End transportation funding diversions. The State Highway Fund has long provided money for
the Department of Public Safety and other priorities. We must focus this money on roads and
other transportation projects.
• Use bond funding transparently. A year ago, Texans voted to dedicate $5 billion in tax supported bonds to transportation projects. The Legislature should appropriate this money for its intended purpose and commit to using it with complete transparency and accountability.
• Support regional financing tools. Other than toll roads and privatization schemes, the state has provided few options for cities, counties and other local jurisdictions to pay for transportation. The Legislature should offer voter-approved funding mechanisms for regions to plan and pay for roads, rail lines and other projects.
• Rewrite the gas tax. Texas' primary source of transportation funding cannot provide for the state's transportation needs. The Legislature must have a serious debate about restructuring the motor fuels tax to reflect the enormity of our tasks by indexing it to inflation.
• Explore new alternatives. Texas must move past a 20th century model that relies so heavily on single-occupancy vehicles and work to create a truly comprehensive statewide system for moving people and freight. This should begin by funding the Rail Relocation Fund that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2005.
• Reform the Texas Department of Transportation. With its overt advocacy of privatization and occasional disregard for the Legislature, the department has rightly incurred the wrath of Texans and their representatives. Though we applaud the department's recent efforts to be more transparent and accountable, the Legislature must fundamentally reform the agency so that Texans are fully aware of its activities and never question its objectives." 
Senator Carona currently served as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting; the Senate Criminal Justice, State Affairs, and Jurisprudence committees; and as Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Carona served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Business & Commerce, Chair|
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
Carona ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 16. Carona ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Carona raised $1,305,604 for his campaign while Minns raised $113,061 and Osborn raised $0.
|Texas State Senate, District 16 (2008)|
|John Carona (R)||122,439||56.26%|
|Rain Minns (D)||89,346||41.05%|
|Paul Osborn (L)||5,825||2.67%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, a year in which Carona was up for re-election, he collected $1,305,604 in donations. 
His four largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$50,000|
|Jack Pratt Sr||$25,000|
|James Pitcock Jr||$25,000|
In 2004, a year in which Carona was up for re-election, he collected $926,768 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2004 were:
|Lanier Law Firm PC||$50,000|
|Williams Bailey Law Firm||$50,000|
|Hissey Keintz and Herron PLLC||$50,000|
In 2002, a year in which Carona was up for re-election, he collected $792,637 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2002 were:
|Carona Sr., Senator John||$115,001|
|Carona Sr., John||$19,475|
|Texas Medical Association||$17,500|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$15,000|
|Gallagher, Lewis, Downey, and Kim||$10,000|
Private plane reimbursements
Carona owns a private plane. In 2008-2009, according to an investigation by Texas Watchdog, Carona used his personal plane to travel in Texas, and was reimbursed $17,000 by state taxpayers for the cost of the flights he took on his private plane between January 1, 2008-May 1, 2009. According to the watchdog website, Carona could have flown on cheaper commercial transportation for the flights in question. His most expensive flight was between Dallas and El Paso in July 2008, at a roundtrip cost of about $1,300.
Relative to the flights, Carona said that he flies on his private plane because he has responsibilities in the state senate and in his job as president and CEO of Associa, a national firm that specializes in homeowner association management. Carona said, "Covering both responsibilities in an efficient fashion necessitates that I avoid canceled flights and long delays in airport terminals. Therefore, by necessity, I fly private aircraft whenever possible. It allows me to fulfill my duties, without disruption, to both my constituents and my clients."
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.
John Carona received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Carona was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."
John Carona was born on December 14, 1955 in Texas City, Tx. He and his wife, Helen, have five children: Joey, Jeff, Will, Kirsten and Kel.
- John Carona Personal Website
- Official website of John Carona
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998
- John Carona from Project Vote Smart
- Texas Senate Districts by Number
- Austin American-Statesman, "Time is now to fix transportation" November 26, 2008
- Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information
- Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 16
- Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 16
- 2008 contributions to John Carona
- 2006 Follow the Money
- 2002 Follow the Money
- Texas Watchdog, "State senators rack up big bills using charter flights, personal planes", November 5, 2009
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
- Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Advocates
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