Michael Villarreal

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Michael Villarreal
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Texas State House, District 123
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Michael Villarreal is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 123 since 2003.

Villarreal is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary's University, and works for SAMCO Capitol Markets. He has previously worked as Owner/Operator of Dialogue Systems, Research Analyst for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Research Analyst for the Hausrath Economics Group, Government Instructor at Incarnate Word College, Consultant at Interlex, and Research Analyst for JP Morgan Securities.

Villarreal is a Fellow at the American Economic Association Research, Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and a Woodrow Wilson Policy Fellow.[1]

Extended bio

"State Representative Mike Villarreal was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. His father immigrated to the United States from Mexico with his family as a child. His mother is a product of the Edgewood community on the West Side of San Antonio. Together they taught their children the importance of earning an education, working hard and aspiring for a better life.

Mike’s parents sent him to Catholic schools: St. Luke’s Catholic Elementary and Central Catholic High School. While at Central, he began taking classes at San Antonio College. He went on to receive an economics degree at Texas A&M University and later earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mike's professional background is in finance. He has worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, JP Morgan Securities. He currently directs the San Antonio office for Public Financial Management, the nation's leading public finance advisory firm. In 1999, Mike launched a grassroots campaign for the Texas House of Representatives. His prior elected experience was serving as vice president of his neighborhood association in Beacon Hill. To win his election, Mike knocked on over 4,000 doors to meet his voters one-on-one. On election night, Mike won by one vote, defeating a judge backed by the local political establishment. Mike is in his 6th term at the State Capitol advancing a public agenda that invests in education, protects our quality of life and environment, values work and aspiration, and ensures that government is accountable to citizens. Mike is known as a lawmaker who listens to all sides, studies the issues, and reaches his own independent decisions. Mike is married to Jeanne Russell. They are raising two children, Bella and Marcos. Mike brings a great sense of humor to his work. He lived in a state park during the 80th legislative session when the state was renewing its parks department. He appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart poking fun at proposed legislation to regulate sexy cheerleading."

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Investments & Financial Services, Chair
Public Education


Villarreal served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 391 - Relating to limits on political contributions and direct campaign expenditures by individuals, partnerships, partners, and limited liability companies; providing civil and criminal penalties.
  • HB 403 - Relating to the capital improvements that a local government may finance with an impact fee.
  • HB 538 - Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression
  • HB 657 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies purchase low-emissions vehicles as a minimum percentage of their purchased vehicles.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Villarreal won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 123. Villarreal ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Chuck Robinson (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 123, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Villarreal Incumbent 87.5% 32,958
     Green Chuck Robinson 12.5% 4,700
Total Votes 37,658


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Villarreal ran for re-election in District 123. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.


On November 4, 2008, Villarreal won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 123rd District, receiving 27,040 votes without opposition.[4] He raised $209,382 for his campaign.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 123
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Villarreal (D) 27,040 100.00%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Villarreal received $334,724 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Villarreal's campaign in 2010
Butt, Charles C$17,500
Valero Energy$6,000
Texas Association Of Property Tax Professionals$5,250
Kelley, Russell$5,081
Texas Association Of Realtors$5,044
Total Raised in 2010 $334,724


Villarreal raised $209,382 in 2008. His top 5 campaign contributors are listed below.[7]

Contributor 2008 total
Charles C Butt $10,000
Gina Amatangelo $7,743
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $6,000
Bob J Perry $5,000
Doylene Perry $5,000


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."[8] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Mike Villarreal received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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