Mike Conaway (Texas)

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Mike Conaway
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U.S. House, Texas, District 11
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Midland, TX, School Board
High schoolOdessa Permian High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University-Commerce
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1970-1972
Date of birthJune 11, 1948
Place of birthBorger, TX
Net worth$5,703,057
Office website
Campaign website
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Conaway (b. June 11, 1948) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Conaway represents the 11th district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 2004. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Conaway is a "far-right Republican".[1]

Conway won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


After earning his bachelor's from the University of Texas, Conaway served in the United States Army for two years. He went on to be a certified public accountant and bank executive. He also served on the school board of Midland, TX.[3]


  • 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Conaway serves on the following committees:[4]


Conaway was a member of the following House committees[5]:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Conaway (Texas) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6] He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Conaway voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



See also: Texas' 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Conaway ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 11th District. He defeated Wade Brown and Chris Younts in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Jim Riley (D) and Scott Ballard (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, Texas District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Conaway Incumbent 78.6% 177,742
     Democratic Jim Riley 18.6% 41,970
     Libertarian Scott J. Ballard 2.8% 6,311
Total Votes 226,023
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Conaway won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating James Quillian (D) James A. Powell (L) Jim Howe (G).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 11, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngK. Michael Conaway Incumbent 80.8% 125,581
     Democrat James Quillian 15.4% 23,989
     Libertarian James A. Powell 2.8% 4,321
     Green Party Jim Howe 0.9% 1,449
Total Votes 155,340

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Conaway's reports.[12]

Mike Conaway (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 14, 2012$526,120.14$240,048.93$(123,495.03)$642,674.04
Pre-Primary[14]May 17, 2012$642,674.04$81,774.57$(165,019.98)$559,428.63
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Conaway's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Conaway won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Conaway's campaign committee raised a total of $1,098,814 and spent $1,153,196.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Conaway paid his congressional staff a total of $995,150 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Conaway's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,122,115 to $8,283,999. That averages to $5,703,057, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 12.25% from 2010.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Conaway's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,844,117 to $7,317,000. That averages to $5,080,558.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[18]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Conaway was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 26th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Conaway voted with the Republican Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 10 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]


Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and seven grandchildren.[5]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Chet Edwards
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 11th District
Succeeded by