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Silvestre Reyes
Silvestre Reyes.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 16
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
Associate'sEl 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.

Reyes is running for re-election in 2012. He faces Ben Mendoza, Beto O'Rourke, and Jerome Tilghman in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012.


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]

Campaign themes


Silvestre Reyes campaign logo.

Reyes' website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Expanding Educational Opportunities
Excerpt: "Education is both the birthright of every American and the foundation of our nations greatness and success. Education has made us a freer people and unleashed the great potential of our diverse country."
  • Providing Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care
Excerpt: "As a border community, El Paso faces unique health care challenges, including a high incidence of diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, and cancer; a disproportionate number of uninsured and underinsured; and a shortage of health care professionals."
  • Securing Our Borders and Our Nation
Excerpt: "As residents of the US-Mexico border region in the post-September 11th world, El Pasoans understand the challenges of balancing our binational lifestyle and economy with our safety and security. To have true national security, we need to safeguard ourselves from attack while also safeguarding our economy and way of life."
  • Leading on Border Issues
Excerpt: "I ran for Congress in 1996 after serving in the United States Border Patrol for over 26 years to address what I saw as a lack of leadership in Washington on border issues. Thirteen years later, I remain the only Member of Congress with federal border law enforcement experience, and I am proud to provide leadership to my colleagues, my party, and my country on border security immigration, and other border issues."
  • Providing Water for El Paso and Protecting Our Natural Resources
Excerpt: "Water is the most precious natural resource, especially in a desert city like El Paso. Competent resource management and cooperation among stakeholders is essential if we are to grow as a city and ensure our survival"
  • Improving Care for Veterans
Excerpt: "As a Vietnam combat veteran and as the federal representative for the El Paso region's nearly 60,000 veterans, one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress is the well being of our veterans."
  • Supporting Our Soldiers and Ft. Bliss
Excerpt: "The military and the economy are closely intertwined in El Paso. Our military base, Fort Bliss, has grown into one of the crown jewels of the United States Army, and it has become a major positive force in the El Paso economy."
  • Supporting a Strong Workforce
Excerpt: "The election of a Democratic Congress and the inauguration of President Barack Obama brought with it a renewed sense of hope and optimism for our country and the labor movement in particular. After years of Republican leadership that was disconnected from the plight of everyday working Americans, indifferent toward middle class families, and focused on providing tax breaks for the wealthy, there is now renewed hope in Washington, D.C."
  • Supporting Small Businesses in El Paso
Excerpt: "Small businesses are the engine of America's economic system and supporting their growth and vitality in El Paso is a top priority. Fostering and maintaining a business-friendly environment is key to sustained economic growth."



See also: Texas' 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Reyes is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 16th District. He faces Ben Mendoza, Beto O'Rourke, and Jerome Tilghman in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. Corey Roen and Barbara Carrasco are running for election on the Republican ticket. The general election will take place on November 6, 2012.[5]


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).[6]

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.[7]


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