|U.S. House, Texas, District 15|
- B.S. in International Business from Oral Roberts University.
- Delegate to the Intercollegiate Legislature
- Owns a produce company
- Managing partner in a customs brokerage
- Worked as a cross-cultural business liaison specializing in loss prevention and employee retention.
- Founded Royal Readers, "a literacy campaign that promotes the virtues of literacy through motivational concerts, radio segments, public education, literature and the arts.
- Mentors non-violent first-time offenders as a Hidalgo County Juvenile Court Conference Committee member.
- While in graduate school, served as a missionary, setting up adult education programs for poor indigenous people in northern Mexico.
- Volunteered with American expatriate and local youth programs in Mexico.
Cervera's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Jobs and Economic Growth
- Excerpt: "Texas is leading this nation in job growth. The state offers a pro business climate with programs designed to encourage global investment in the Lone Star State. Number one in import and exports, transportation and infrastructure systems continue to expand in order to support industry needs and population growth."
- Excerpt: "The current national unemployment rate is 8.2% compared to 7.1% in Texas. However in District 15, the official unemployment rate varies from 6.4% to 11.7%. Rebecca believes that there is still a lot of work to be done."
- Excerpt: "Taxes affect families, individuals and businesses. While Governor Rick Perry (R) is leading the way to balancing budgets and fostering growth without raising taxes in the state, the federal government requires a simpler and fairer system."
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Excerpt: "If Americans are expected to pay their bills and balance their bank accounts, then the federal a government must lead by example. Rebecca believes that practicing conservative fiscal principles will eliminate wasteful spending and balance our budget"
- Border Security
- Excerpt: "Keeping our citizens safe should be every lawmaker’s priority. Border security is a federal responsibility, but Texans live on the front lines. Texas has spent hundreds of millions state dollars to support security forces. Preventing spill over violence from Northern Mexico is essential to the economy and safety of America."
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
- Believes, "the powers of government, our irrevocable individual rights, and our duties as citizens are defined by the Constitution of the United States.""
- Believes "each citizen has an intrinsic interest and mandate to preserve and protect his own life, liberty and property as well as that of his fellow citizen."
- "Believes it is the responsibility of every able bodied adult to provide for himself and his dependents through legally earning the monetary resources needed to sustain the lifestyle of his choice."
- "Believes that financial autonomy and economic stability are achieved through minimal taxation, competitive free markets, and preservation of property ownership. "
- "Believes that personal success is determined by individual aspirations, responsible behavior, ethical conduct, and adherence to the law."
- "Believes that protecting the vulnerable and helping the destitute are best accomplished through voluntary service and charitable giving."
- "Believes it is the right of every Texan to Earn, Own and Serve and I commit to help the citizens of my district participate in the opportunities and growth of the great state of Texas."
"More taxation means fewer jobs and less property ownership"
- Opposes government expansion and regulation.
- Supports a decrease in property taxes and firm protection of property rights.
- Opposes a state income tax.
- Opposes tax increases and wasteful spending.
"Throwing money at a failing [education] system is not the cure"
- Supports addressing root causes of poor academic performance, graduation rates, teacher pay and overcrowded classrooms.
- Supports addressing families' financial challenges.
"Protecting the integrity of our election process is paramount"
- Supports voter identification at polls to ensure that, "every vote is legal, autonomous, legitimate, confidential and counted."
Cervera ran for election to Texas House of Representatives District 41. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Democratic candidate Veronica Gonzales in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 41 |
2010 General election results
|Veronica Gonzales (D)||10,612||56.98%|
|Rebecca Cervera (R)||8,012||43.01%|
In the last fundraising period, Cervera raised $14,461.
Cervera grew up as one of thirteen children in a family that was "transient and uneducated." She began work at age 11 and enrolled in high school at age 12. She completed high school, living with classmates, teachers and foster families.
Cervera worked full time while in college and graduate school.
She is the mother of four boys.
- Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart - Rebecca Cervera biography
- Facebook page
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions to Rebecca Cervera
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