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}}{{tnr}}'''Larry Gonzales''' is a [[:Republican]] member of the [[Texas House of Representatives]], representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
}}{{tnr}}'''Larry Gonzales''' (b. January 29, 1970) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas House of Representatives]], representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

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Larry Gonzales
Larry Gonzales.jpg
Texas State House, District 52
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin, 1993
Master'sTexas State University
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Gonzales (b. January 29, 1970) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Gonzales earned a bachelor of arts in Government from the University of Texas-Austin in 1993. Gonzales earned his Master's in Public Administration at Texas State University as part of the class of 2011.[1]

Gonzales is the owner of a graphic design and communications company.[1] He worked as the assistant vice chancellor for Governmental Relations for the Texas State University System.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gonzales served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Local & Consent Calendars


Gonzales served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Gonzales's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Create jobs

  • Excerpt:"Larry will work hard to ensure government retains a limited role, fostering this environment where the natural, entrepreneurial spirit of Texans can grow and thrive."

Invest in education

  • Excerpt:"Larry is dedicated to providing a world-class education to our K-12 children, but also to finding ways to expand the opportunity for a college education to as many Texans as possible."

Control spending

  • Excerpt:"We must make tough choices and find ways to minimize the tax burden on Texans. That means keeping our needs separate from our wants — funding those critical things which are necessary and proper for the government — while encouraging innovative ways to provide non-essential services. In the process, Texas can be a beacon of responsible government that the entire country can follow."

Private property rights

  • Excerpt:"Larry will protect private property rights, trusting and believing in those who care for the land, and will stand against a government that tries to trample this constitutionally given right by taking improperly what belongs to the private citizen."

State sovereignty

  • Excerpt:"Like never before, an assault on our way of life in Texas is in full force, with a federal government which thinks they can run Texas better than Texans. Texas, and more specifically Central Texas, has largely been insulated from the economic problems which are crippling the rest of our nation. This is not by accident! We have had a conservative, pro-business mindset that has proven to be successful in creating jobs and opportunities for families to succeed."


Gonzales's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Create jobs

  • Opposes increased government regulation.

Invest in education

  • Supports increased investment in k-12 education, as well as all levels of higher education as well as career and technical training.

Control spending

  • Supports limited government spending.

Private property rights

  • Opposes current levels of property taxes.
  • Believes strong private property rights are best solution to environmental concerns.

State sovereignty

  • Opposes increasing federal interference in Texas.


  • Pro-life.
  • Opposes partial-birth abortion.
  • Supports state funding for the Alternatives to Abortion fun.
  • Opposes gay marriage.
  • Opposes embryonic stem cell research, supporting research using adult stem cells in is place.
  • Opposes human cloning.

2nd Amendment rights

  • Supports strong gun rights.

Voter ID

  • Supports photo ID legislation.
  • Supports free IDs for those who cannot afford them.

Immigration and border security

  • Supports strong, well-equipped border defense.


  • Opposes transportation tax fund diversions.

Government reform/accountability

  • Supports limiting government duties to, "a few essential things," such as public and higher education, public safety and highways.
  • Supports increased government transparency.



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Larry Gonzales was unopposed in the Republican primary. Chris Osborn was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Osborn, Gonzales, and Irene Johnson (L) will face off in the general election. Lillian Martinez Simmons (L) was removed from the ballot before the election.[3][4][5][6]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gonzales won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 52. Gonzales ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Lillian Martinez Simmons (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Gonzales Incumbent 70.3% 31,991
     Libertarian Lillian Martinez Simmons 29.7% 13,526
Total Votes 45,517


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gonzales won election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 52. He defeated John Gordon in the April 13 Republican primary runoff and then defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Diana Maldonado and Charles McCoy (L) in the November 2 general election.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 52
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Gonzales (R) 25,430 57.44%
Diana Maldonado (D) 16,823 38%
Charles McCoy (L) 2,012 4.54%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gonzales is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gonzales raised a total of $1,339,167 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[10]

Larry Gonzales's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 52 Won $130,702
2010 Texas State House, District 52 Won $1,208,465
Grand Total Raised $1,339,167


Gonzales won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gonzales raised a total of $130,702.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Gonzales's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$10,000
Perry, Bob J$10,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$6,529
Hispanic Republicans Of Texas$6,000
Border Health$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$130,702
Source:Follow the Money


Gonzales won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gonzales raised a total of $1,208,465.


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."[11] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Gonzales received a score of 50.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D that Gonzales received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Larry Gonzales received a grade of D on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Gonzles and his wife, Marie, have two children. They live in Round Rock.

Community service and involvement

Gonzales is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. He is also a certified mediator.[1]

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Preceded by
Diana Maldonado (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by