Rene Oliveira

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Rene Oliveira
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Texas State House, District 37
In office
1981 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 34
Base salary$7,200/year/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1980
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
J.D.University of Texas, Austin
Office website
Campaign website
Rene Oliveira is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 37, including the city of Brownsville. He has served since 1981.

Oliveira is an attorney, receiving his both his JD and BA from the University of Texas, Austin.[1]


Oliveira is a partner of the Roerig, Oliveira and Fisher L.L.P. firm in Brownsville and earned a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Business & Industry, Chair
State Affairs


Oliveira served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 1897 - Relating to transportation services provided to aged or disabled clients of certain programs and facilities.
  • HB 3418 - Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a student services center at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
  • HB 3898 - Relating to the establishment of an Alzheimer's disease registry.
  • HB 4608 - Relating to the higher education fund and the allocation and distribution of certain constitutional revenues to The University of Texas at Brownsville.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Oliveira ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 37. Oliveira defeated Alex Dominguez in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Texas House of Representatives District 37 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRene Oliveira 62.6% 5,892
Alex Dominguez 37.4% 3,517
Total Votes 9,409


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Oliveira won re-election unopposed in District 37 in the November 2, 2010 general election.[5] He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary as well.

Texas House of Representatives, District 37
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rene O. Oliveria (D) 9,640 100%


On November 4, 2008, Oliveira won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 37th District. Oliveira ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 19,695 votes.[6] Oliveira raised $303,627 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Oliveira received $336,775 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rene Oliveira's campaign in 2010
Texas Association Of Realtors$15,000
Time Warner$12,500
American Electric Power$7,500
Ryan & Co$7,500
Total Raised in 2010 $336,775


Below are Oliveira's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Energy Future Holdings Corp $12,500
AT&T $10,129
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $10,000
Time Warner $9,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc $7,500

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


Rene Oliveira received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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