Ruben Hinojosa

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Rubén Hinojosa
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U.S. House, Texas, District 15
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
1993-1996
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
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.

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

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.[2]

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

2011-2012

Hinojosa serves on the following House committees[3]

Issues

Political positions

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Campaign themes

2012

Hinojosa's campaign website lists the following issues:[7]

  • 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

2012

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

Hinojosa is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 15th District. He is running against Jane Cross, David Cantu, Johnny Partain, and Roben Ramon Ramirez in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary.[8]

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).[9]

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

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.[10]

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

Personal

Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.[2]

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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