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Rubén Hinojosa
Ruben Hinojosa.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 15
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorKika de la Garza (D)
Leadership
Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
1993-1996
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.52 in 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,894,089
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas state board of education
1974-1984
Education
High schoolMercedes High School, TX
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
Master'sUniversity of Texas-Pan America
Personal
BirthdayAugust 20, 1940
Place of birthEdcouch, TX
Net worth$-2,190,476
Websites
Campaign website
Rubén Hinojosa (b. August 20, 1940, in Edcouch, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Hinojosa represents Texas' 15th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1996.

Hinojosa most recently won re-election in 2012.[1] On November 15, 2012, Hinojosa was selected as the new chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.[2]

Hinojosa is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hinojosa is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's from the University of Texas, Hinojosa worked as an executive in a family-owned food business. He also earned his M.B.A. from University of Texas-Pan America and went on to be adjunct professor there.[3]

Career

  • 1974-1984: Texas state board of education
  • 1993-1996: Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX
  • 1997-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hinojosa serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Hinojosa served on the following House committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Hinojosa's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Hinojosa voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hinojosa voted for 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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[17] According to the report, Hinojosa obtained a $665,000 earmark to help widen a road next to a 3.7-acre commercial property that his family partnership was developing and near the family food processing plant in Mercedes, Texas.[18]

Campaign themes

2012

Hinojosa's campaign website listed the following issues:[19]

  • Rebuilding our Economy
Excerpt: "by investing in the future, providing access to capital and tax relief to our small businesses, strengthening our community banks, restoring the middle class and working to create jobs. "
  • Investing in Education
Excerpt: "by protecting the current funding of Pell Grants and direct federal college loans to make higher education affordable. "
  • Honoring the Service of our Brave Veterans
Excerpt: "by keeping faith with them when they return home and providing them the top-notch health care and educational opportunities for them and their spouses that they have earned. "
  • Strengthening Our Commitment to Seniors Citizens
Excerpt: "by preserving Social Security and Medicare for current and future generations of Americans. "
  • Reducing the Cost of Gasoline
Excerpt: "by safe domestic production like oil shale and promoting renewable energy sources. "

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2014

Hinojosa is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Hinojosa won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 15th District. He defeated Jane Cross, David Cantu, Johnny Partain, and Roben Ramon Ramirez in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Dale Brueggemann (D) and Ronald Finch (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[20][21]

U.S. House, Texas District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuben Hinojosa Incumbent 60.9% 89,296
     Republican Dale A. Brueggemann 36.9% 54,056
     Libertarian Ron Finch 2.3% 3,309
Total Votes 146,661
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRubén Hinojosa Incumbent 71.2% 29,397
David Cantu 12.1% 5,008
Jane Cross 10.2% 4,208
Ruben Ramon Ramirez 4.9% 2,012
Johnny Partain 1.7% 687
Total Votes 41,312

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hinojosa is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hinojosa raised a total of $3,894,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[30]

Ruben Hinojosa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $592,032
2010 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $609,898
2008 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $616,104
2006 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $681,521
2004 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $603,046
2002 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $294,746
2000 US House (Texas, District 15) Won $496,742
Grand Total Raised $3,894,089

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hinojosa's reports.[31]

Rubén Hinojosa (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$176,684.47$19,160.62$(23,131.58)$172,713.51
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$172,713.51$49,902.42$(50,316.54)$172,299.39
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$172,299.39$34,267.77$(37,300.47)$169,266.69
Running totals
$103,330.81$(110,748.59)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Hinojosa's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hinojosa won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hinojosa's campaign committee raised a total of $592,033 and spent $849,921.[35] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Hinojosa spent $9.52 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hinojosa's campaign committee raised a total of $609,898 and spent $622,521.[37]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hinojosa is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Hinojosa most often votes with:

Hinojosa least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hinojosa missed 1,055 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 9.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hinojosa paid his congressional staff a total of $1,070,016 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.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hinojosa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-5,170,947 to $789,995. That averages to $-2,190,476, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 12.40% from 2010.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hinojosa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-5,110,972 to $109,996. That averages to $-2,500,488, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[43]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hinojosa ranked 124th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[44]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hinojosa ranked 137th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]

Voting with party

2013

Hinojosa voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 163rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.[3]

Hinojosa hired his great-niece, Krista Hinojosa Garcia, as a constituent services representative. While House ethics rules prohibit the hiring of close family members, great-niece is not on the list of prohibited members.[47]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. ABC News "Congressional Hispanic Caucus Elects New Chairman," November 15, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "My Committees," Accessed October 27, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  18. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  19. Campaign website, Issues
  20. Democratic candidate list
  21. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed March 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  32. 'Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  33. 'Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  34. 'Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Rubén Hinojosa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Ruben Hinojosa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  38. Gov Track "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed June 7 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed August 2, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed April 2, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed September 17, 2012
  42. OpenSecrets.org "Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubén Hinojosa (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Legistorm, "Weekly newsletter," September 30, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Kika de la Garza
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 15th District
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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