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Revision as of 14:51, 5 March 2013

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
Leadership
Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
1993-1996
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas state board of education
1974-1984
Education
High schoolMercedes High School, TX
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
Master'sUniversity of Texas-Pan America
Personal
BirthdayAugust 20, 1940
Place of birthEdcouch, TX
Net worth$-2,190,476
Websites
Campaign website
Rubén Hinojosa (b. August 20, 1940) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Hinojosa represents the 15th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 1996. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hinojosa is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Hinojosa won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2] On November 15, 2012, Hinojosa was selected as the new chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.[3]

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.[4]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hinojosa serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Hinojosa served on the following House committees[6]

Issues

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.[7] 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.[8]

Campaign themes

2012

Hinojosa's campaign website listed the following issues:[9]

  • 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. "

Specific votes

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 one 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.[10]

Elections

2012

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

Hinojosa ran 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 May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated Dale Brueggemann (D) and Ronald Finch (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[11][12]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Eddie Zamora (R) and Aaron I. Cohn (L).[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 15, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRubén Hinojosa Incumbent 55.7% 53,546
     Republican Eddie Zamora 41.6% 39,964
     Libertarian Aaron I. Cohn 2.7% 2,570
Total Votes 96,080

Campaign donors

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.[14]

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.[15]

Analysis

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.[16]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[17]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

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. Hinojosa ranked 137th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Hinojosa voted with the Democratic Party 88.6% of the time, which ranked 157 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[20]

Personal

Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.[4]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Kika de la Garza
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 15th District
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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