Pat McGuinness

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Pat McGuinness
Candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 50

Political party Republican
Profession Engineer
Website Campaign website
Pat McGuinness was a Republican candidate for the District 50 seat in the Texas House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010 state legislative elections.


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, John Hopkins University, class of 1985.
  • M.A., Computer Science, John Hopkins University, class of 1985.
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, class of 1991.[1]

Professional experience

  • Engineer, semiconductors, Motorola and Freescale[1].

Political experience

  • GOP precinct chair, 2004-present.
  • Founder, Austin Tech Republicans group.[1]


Jobs and prosperity
  • Supports low tax rates.
  • Opposes government spending programs as a means of job creation.
  • Opposes the current levels of government regulation.

Fiscal responsibility

  • Supports spending caps.
  • Opposes federal mandates.
  • Opposes caps on spending.

Tax relief

  • Supports lower taxes.
  • Supports reducing and reforming property taxes, including capping appraisal increases at 5%.
  • Supports increased exemption for small businesses from the margins tax.
  • Signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising never to support any tax increase.

'Excellence in education

  • Supports more local control of schools.
  • Supports school choice for parents.
  • Opposes charter school caps.
  • Supports accountability and incentives for teachers.
  • Opposes non-essential mandates for schools.

University education

  • Opposes the top 10% rule, supporting in its place merit-based acceptance for the University of Texas.

Affordable energy

  • Opposes "misguided mandates, regulations and subsidies that... raise electric bills and burden taxpayers."

Texas values and Texas sovereignty

  • Pro-life.
  • Opposes gay marriage.
  • Supports state sovereignty and a strong 10th Amendment.
  • Opposes, and supports legal challenges to, "unconstitutional Federal healthcare mandates."
  • Supports traditional values.


  • Opposes any increases in gas taxes.
  • Believes toll roads are a sometimes-necessary last resort.
  • Opposes diversions of gas tax money to non-road purposes.
  • Supports full transparency and accountability for money spent.
  • Supports prioritizing investments to relieve congestion.

Government accountability

  • Supports increased transparency at all levels.
  • Supports open books for institutions of higher education.[1]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

McGuinness lost the election to Texas House of Representatives District 50. He defeated Ryan Lambert in the March 2 Republican primary but was defeated by incumbent Democratic candidate Mark Strama in the November 2 general election.[2]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Strama (D) 23,720 54.84%
Pat McGuinness (R) 18,041 41.71%
Emily Cowan (L) 1,486 3.43%

Campaign donors


As of April 3, 2010, McGuinness has raised $10,730 for his 2010 election campaign.[3] For updated figures, check the Texas Ethics Commission Filings.

His four largest contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
McGuinness, Patrick $5,000
McGuinness, Patrick $5,000
Five Donors, Each Donating $100 [3] $100
Four Donors, Each Donating $50 [3] $50

Community service and involvement

  • Eagle Scout[1].


  • McGuinness and his wife, Celeste, live in Austin with their four children, aged 2, 6, 12 and 14. They attend Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, where McGuinness served as a lector minister[1].

Contact information

Campaign Address:
9310 Old Lampasas Trail
Austin, Texas 78750

Phone: (512) 377-1307


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