|U.S. House, Texas, District 15|
|January 3, 1997-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||18|
|Chairman of the Board of South Texas Community College for Hidalgo and Starr Counties, TX.|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas state board of education|
|High school||Mercedes High School, TX|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas, Austin|
|Master's||University of Texas-Pan America|
|Date of birth||August 20, 1940|
|Place of birth||Edcouch, TX|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
- 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
Hinojosa serves on the following House committees
- House Committee on Education and Labor
- Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Ranking member
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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. 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.
Hinojosa's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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. "
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 15 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ruben Hinojosa Incumbent||60.9%||89,296|
|Republican||Dale A. Brueggemann||36.9%||54,056|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
On November 2, 2010, Hinojosa won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Eddie Zamora (R) and Aaron I. Cohn (L).
|Rubén Hinojosa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$538,243.63||$54,787.74||$(81,475.89)||$511,555.48|
|Pre-Primary||May 17, 2012||$511,555.48||$58,818.34||$(69,883.07)||$500,490.75|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Ruben Hinojosa Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$87,768|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$99,531|
|Top contributors to Ruben Hinojosa's campaign committee|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Beer, Wine & Liquor||$34,700|
|Building Trade Unions||$32,500|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
Hinojosa voted with the Democratic Party 88.6% of the time, which ranked 157 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has five children.
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- Media coverage:
- Gov Track "Hinojosa" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- ABC News "Congressional Hispanic Caucus Elects New Chairman," November 15, 2012
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 27, 2011
- Official House website "My Committees," Accessed October 27, 2011
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- Democratic candidate list
- Unofficial Democratic primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Rubén Hinojosa Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Open Secrets "Ruben Hinojosa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Rubén Hinojosa," Accessed September 17, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rubén Hinojosa (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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