Ruben Hinojosa

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Rubén Hinojosa
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U.S. House, Texas, District 15
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 18
Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.
Prior offices
Texas state board of education
High schoolMercedes High School, TX
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
Master'sUniversity of Texas-Pan America
Date of birthAugust 20, 1940
Place of birthEdcouch, TX
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 is running for re-election in 2012.

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


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]


  • 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


Hinojosa serves on the following House committees[3]


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]


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


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. "



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 defeated Jane Cross, David Cantu, Johnny Partain, and Roben Ramon Ramirez in the May 29, 2012, Democratic primary. He is running against Ronald Finch (L) and Benjamin Perez (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]


On November 2, 2010, Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Eddie Zamora (R) and Aaron I. Cohn (L).[10]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hinojosa's reports.[11]

Rubén Hinojosa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$538,243.63$54,787.74$(81,475.89)$511,555.48
Pre-Primary[13]May 17, 2012$511,555.48$58,818.34$(69,883.07)$500,490.75
Running totals


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.[14]


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

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