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|Status = Incumbent
 
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|Tenure = January 3, 1997-present
 
|Tenure = January 3, 1997-present
|Term ends = January 3, 2013
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|Assumed office = 1997
 
|Assumed office = 1997
 
|Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
 
|Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
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|Predecessor = Kika de la Garza (D)
 
|Leadership = Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
 
|Leadership = Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
 
|Years leadership = 1993-1996
 
|Years leadership = 1993-1996
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|Base salary = $174,000/year
 
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|Last election = [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
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|Next election = [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $ = 3,894,089
 
|Prior office = Texas state board of education
 
|Prior office = Texas state board of education
 
|Prior office years = 1974-1984
 
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|Place of birth = Edcouch, TX
 
|Place of birth = Edcouch, TX
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.
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{{tnr}}'''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.
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hinojosa is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ruben_hinojosa/400179 ''Gov Track'' "Hinojosa" Accessed May 25, 2012]</ref>
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Hinojosa most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref> On November 15, 2012, Hinojosa was selected as the new chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/texas-democrat-hinojosa-elected-congressional-hispanic-caucus-chairman/story?id=17730735#.UKebcoe5-QK ''ABC News'' "Congressional Hispanic Caucus Elects New Chairman," November 15, 2012]</ref>
  
Hinojosa won re-election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref> On November 15, 2012, Hinojosa was selected as the new chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/texas-democrat-hinojosa-elected-congressional-hispanic-caucus-chairman/story?id=17730735#.UKebcoe5-QK ''ABC News'' "Congressional Hispanic Caucus Elects New Chairman," November 15, 2012]</ref>
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{{Introanalysis
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|Party=Democratic
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|Rating=Average
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|Pronoun=he
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|Fullname=Rubén Hinojosa
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|Lastname=Hinojosa
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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==Career==
 
==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
 
* 1974-1984: Texas state board of education
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* 1993-1996: Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX
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* 1997-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2013-2014====
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Hinojosa serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Committee on Education and the Workforce]]
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**Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training (Ranking member)
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**Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
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* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Committee on Financial Services]]
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**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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**Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Hinojosa serves on the following House committees<ref>[http://hinojosa.house.gov/about/my-committees.shtml ''Official House website'' "My Committees," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
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Hinojosa served on the following House committees<ref>[http://hinojosa.house.gov/about/my-committees.shtml ''Official House website'' "My Committees," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|House Committee on Education and Labor]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|House Committee on Education and Labor]]
 
** Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee ''Ranking member''
 
** Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee ''Ranking member''
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
 
 
 
===Earmarks===
 
===Earmarks===
 
A ''Washington Post'' investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of [[U.S. Congress|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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2012/01/12/gIQA97HGvQ_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/capitol-assets/mapping-the-earmarks/ ''Washington Post'' "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012]</ref>
 
A ''Washington Post'' investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of [[U.S. Congress|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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2012/01/12/gIQA97HGvQ_story.html ''Washington Post'' "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/capitol-assets/mapping-the-earmarks/ ''Washington Post'' "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012]</ref>
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*'''Reducing the Cost of Gasoline  
 
*'''Reducing the Cost of Gasoline  
 
:Excerpt: "by safe domestic production like oil shale and promoting renewable energy sources. "
 
:Excerpt: "by safe domestic production like oil shale and promoting renewable energy sources. "
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===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
  
Hinojosa ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
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Hinojosa won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|15th District]]. He defeated [[Jane Cross]], [[David Cantu]], [[Johnny Partain]], and [[Roben Ramon Ramirez]] in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.  He then defeated [[Dale Brueggemann]] (D) and [[Ronald Finch]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
  
===2010===
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On November 2, 2010, Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Eddie Zamora (R) and Aaron I. Cohn (L).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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{{Election box 2010
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|Chamber=U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 15
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{{Primary election box 2012
|party1=Democratic
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|Chamber=U.S. House, Texas District 15
|party2=Republican
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|party=Democratic
|party3=Libertarian
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|winner1 = Rubén Hinojosa
 
|winner1 = Rubén Hinojosa
 
|Inc1 = Y
 
|Inc1 = Y
|candidate2 = Eddie Zamora
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|candidate2 = David Cantu
|candidate3 = Aaron I. Cohn
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|candidate3 = Jane Cross
|votes1 = 53546
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|candidate4 = Ruben Ramon Ramirez
|votes2 = 39964
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|candidate5 = Johnny Partain
|votes3 = 2570
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|votes1 = 29397
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|votes2 = 5008
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|votes3 = 4208
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|votes4 = 2012
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|votes5 = 687
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}}
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===Full history===
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{{Collapsible history section
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2012===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections season]]. Below are Hinojosa's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6TX15055 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Rubén Hinojosa's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012]</ref>
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|Name=Hinojosa
{{Campaign finance reports
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|Editdate=March 25, 2013
|Name = Rubén Hinojosa (2012)
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|year=2000
|Political Party = Democratic
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00006008&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/509/12951428509/12951428509.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Rubén Hinojosa April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
|Date 1 = April 15, 2012
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|totalraised2012=592032
|Beginning Balance 1 = 538243.63
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|result2012=Won
|Total Contributions 1 = 54787.74
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|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
|Expenditures 1 = 81475.89
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|totalraised2010=609898
|Cash on Hand 1 = 511555.48
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|result2010=Won
|Report 2 = Pre-Primary<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/484/12971226484/12971226484.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Rubén Hinojosa Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012]</ref>
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|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
|Date 2 = May 17, 2012
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|totalraised2008=616104
|Beginning Balance 2 = 511555.48
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|result2008=Won
|Total Contributions 2 = 58818.34
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|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
|Expenditures 2 = 69883.07
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|totalraised2006=681521
|Cash on Hand 2 = 500490.75
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
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|totalraised2004=603046
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
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|totalraised2002=294746
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
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|totalraised2000=496742
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 15th congressional district{{!}}District 15]])
 
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===2012===
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[[File:Ruben Hinojosa 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Hinojosa's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00006008&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Rubén Hinojosa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 15th Congressional District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $592,033
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|total spent = $849,921
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|opponent raised = $33,575
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|opponent spent = $31,991
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|org1 = L&F Distributors
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|org2 = L&G Engineering
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|org3 = American Crystal Sugar
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|org4 = American Federation of Teachers
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|org5 = Border Health
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|orgdonor1 = $21,800
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|orgdonor2 = $11,600
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|orgdonor3 = $10,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
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|ind1 = Health Professionals
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|ind2 = Beer, Wine & Liquor
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|ind3 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind4 = Public Sector Unions
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|ind5 = Insurance
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|inddonor1 = $74,800
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|inddonor2 = $33,800
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|inddonor3 = $32,100
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|inddonor4 = $28,500
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|inddonor5 = $25,200
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Hinojosa is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ruben_hinojosa/400179 ''Gov Track'' "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/ruben_hinojosa/400179 ''GovTrack,'' "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ruben_Hinojosa.html ''LegiStorm'', "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Ruben_Hinojosa.html ''LegiStorm'', "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006008&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rubén Hinojosa (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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====2011====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006008&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006008&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rubén Hinojosa (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2012====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Percentage voting with party===
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===Voting with party===
====November 2011====
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====2013====
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
{{Congress vote percent
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|name=Rubén Hinojosa
 
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|party=Democratic
|percent=88.6%
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|percent=92.0%
|rank=157
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|rank=163rd
|total=192
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|total=201
 
|chamber=House
 
|chamber=House
|year=November 2011
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|year=June 2013
 
|DHouse=Y
 
|DHouse=Y
 
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Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.<ref name="bio">[http://hinojosa.house.gov/about/biography-of-congressman-ruben-hinojosa.shtml ''Official House website'' "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
 
Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.<ref name="bio">[http://hinojosa.house.gov/about/biography-of-congressman-ruben-hinojosa.shtml ''Official House website'' "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
  
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Rubén + Hinojosa + Texas + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.rubenhinojosa.com/ Campaign website]
 
*[http://www.rubenhinojosa.com/ Campaign website]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/user/RepRubenHinojosa YouTube channel]
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==References==
 
==References==
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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
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 on November 6, 2012.[1] On November 15, 2012, Hinojosa was selected as the new chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.[2]

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

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.[6] 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.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

Hinojosa's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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.[9]

Elections

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 May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He then defeated Dale Brueggemann (D) and Ronald Finch (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

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.[20]

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

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.[21]

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.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Ruben Hinojosa Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $609,898
Total Spent $622,521
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $87,768
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $99,531
Top contributors to Ruben Hinojosa's campaign committee
L&F Distributors$25,700
L&G Concrete$10,400
Border Health$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$82,050
Lawyers/Law Firms$34,800
Beer, Wine & Liquor$34,700
Building Trade Unions$32,500
Retail Sales$30,066

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Rubén Hinojosa has voted with the Democratic Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 163rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Personal

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

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External links


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. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  7. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Democratic candidate list
  11. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed March 25, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Rubén Hinojosa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Ruben Hinojosa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  23. Gov Track "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed June 7 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed April 2, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed September 17, 2012
  26. OpenSecrets.org "Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubén Hinojosa (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 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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