Silvestre Reyes

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 08:43, 6 December 2011 by Geoff Pallay (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Silvestre Reyes
Silvestre Reyes.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, 16th District
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 18
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCanutillo High School, TX
AssociateEl Paso Community College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Date of birthNovember 10, 1944
Place of birthCanutillo, TX
Office website
Campaign website
Silvestre Reyes (b. November 10, 1944) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Reyes represents the 16th congressional district of Texas and was first elected to the House in 1996.


After earning his associate's degree, Reyes served in the U.S. Army for two years, including service in Vietnam. Reyes then joined the U.S. Border Patrol, where he worked for over 26 years.[1]


  • 1997-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1969-1995: U.S. Border Patrol
  • 1966-1968: U.S. Army

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Reyes is a member of the following House committees[2]:


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Reyes voted with the Democratic Party 88.8% of the time, which ranked 155 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[3]



On November 2, 2010, Reyes won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Tim Besco (R), Bill Collins (L), and Tim Collins (Write-in).[4]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas Congressional District 16, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSilvestre Reyes Incumbent 58.1% 49,301
     Republican Tim Besco 36.6% 31,051
     Libertarian Bill Collins 5.1% 4,319
     Write-in Tim Collins 0.3% 221
Total Votes 84,892

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Reyes's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Reyes won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Reyes' campaign committee raised a total of $1,044,123 and spent $1,040,966.[5]


Reyes and his wife, Carolina, have three children and four grandchildren.[1]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Ronald D. Coleman
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 16th District
Succeeded by