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Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2531

Address: 2262 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (956) 682-5545

Address: 2864 West Trenton Road, Edinburg TX 78539-9232

Seguin TX

Phone: (830) 401-0457

Fax: (830) 379-0984

Address: 100 South Austin Street, Seguin TX 78155

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Sada, Roberto
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Cavazos, Rosie
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De La Rosa, Adrian
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Martinez, Veronica
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Rubén Hinojosa Committees
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Rubén Hinojosa Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Texas 15
  • Born: Aug. 20, 1940, Mercedes
  • Home: Mercedes
  • Education:

    U. of TX, B.B.A. 1962, M.B.A. 1980

  • Professional Career:

    Pres. & CEO, H&H Foods Inc., 1976-96; Consultant, H&H Foods Inc., 1996-2008.

  • Political Career:

    TX Bd. of Ed., 1974–84.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Marty); 5 children

Rubén Hinojosa, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is known as a staunch advocate for improving education, housing, and rural economic development for Hispanics. He took over in 2013 as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, giving him a prominent role in the debate over comprehensive immigration reform. Read More

Rubén Hinojosa, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is known as a staunch advocate for improving education, housing, and rural economic development for Hispanics. He took over in 2013 as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, giving him a prominent role in the debate over comprehensive immigration reform.

Hinojosa (ee-no-HO-sa) grew up in Mercedes, where his family owned H&H Foods, a company that produced Mexican foods and was one of the largest employers in the Rio Grande Valley. After earning his bachelor’s and M.B.A. from the University of Texas, he went into the family business and was active in civic affairs, primarily in education and regional development. He served on the state Board of Education and led an effort to create three regional magnet schools.

After Democratic Rep. Kika de la Garza announced he would not seek reelection in 1996, Hinojosa ran for the seat. In initial voting in the Democratic primary, he led Anglo lawyer Jim Selman 34%-33%. During the runoff campaign, Selman questioned Hinojosa’s Democratic credentials and said he profited from government contracts. Hinojosa emphasized his interest in improving educational opportunities and extending highways to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Hinojosa took some moderate positions, calling for a reduction of the capital gains tax and investment tax credits for those making capital improvements. He won the runoff 52%-48% and easily won the general election.

Hinojosa once had a moderate voting record among House Democrats, especially on economic issues, but in recent years, has moved more in line with his party to back the Obama administration’s major initiatives. He decried House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint in March 2013 as a “cynical, cruel, and dishonest document” that would hurt the poor and elderly. He introduced a bill a month earlier to expand “Early College” schools that allow students to earn college credit while getting their high school diplomas. He has sought to protect benefits for legal immigrants, to promote the North American Free Trade Agreement, and to demand that Mexico deliver on its agreement for water to South Texas farmers. He has a proclivity for holding out on votes to make last-minute legislative deals. He supported Republican President George W. Bush’s proposal for broader authority to negotiate trade deals after he was promised a job training project for his district.

Taking over as head of the Hispanic Caucus, Hinojosa called the bipartisan Senate blueprint on the immigration “a good foundation for the legislation that is needed.” After Donald Trump told a conservative gathering that Europeans should get preference in emigrating to the United States, the congressman said the statement was “at best an ill-informed economic myth and at worst, racist rhetoric.”

But Hinojosa has struggled to advance in the House at times. Despite support in 2003 from the Texas delegation for a spot on the Ways and Means Committee, Hinojosa was passed over in favor of Texas Rep. Max Sandlin, an ally of Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi. In early 2005, Hinojosa made an unsuccessful bid for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, but abandoned his candidacy after two weeks due to lack of support.

After Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Hinojosa chaired the Higher Education, Life Long Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, where he focused on families traditionally left behind in American education. After the GOP victories in 2010, he became the ranking Democrat on the panel, which was renamed Higher Education and Workforce Training. He joined Democrats in walking out of a March 2013 hearing to consider a Republican worker training bill that he and other committee leaders from his party said “was being advanced for political reasons, not to make the workforce investment system work better.”

In February 2011, Hinojosa made headlines when, as a member of the Financial Services Committee, he filed for personal bankruptcy. He blamed the problem on a loan that he guaranteed for his family’s food products company that led him to owe $2.6 million to Wells Fargo Bank.

His troubles were compounded by a lackluster first quarter of fundraising in which he brought in less than $8,000. But he recovered financially and spent $375,000 to easily dispatch four Democratic primary opponents—one of whom, Jane Cross, sought to file for the ballot as “Jane ‘Juanita Cruz’ Cross.” Republicans privately discussed making a serious run at Hinojosa, but their plans fell apart when their preferred candidate, Latina businesswoman Rebecca Cervera, lost in the GOP primary. Hinojosa crushed Republican Dale Brueggemann, 61%-37%, and subsequently emerged from bankruptcy.

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Rubén Hinojosa Election Results
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2012 General
Rubén Hinojosa (D)
Votes: 89,296
Percent: 60.89%
Dale Brueggemann (R)
Votes: 54,056
Percent: 36.86%
Ron Finch (Lib)
Votes: 3,309
Percent: 2.26%
2012 Primary
Rubén Hinojosa (D)
Votes: 29,397
Percent: 71.16%
David Cantu (D)
Votes: 5,008
Percent: 12.12%
Jane Cross (D)
Votes: 4,208
Percent: 10.19%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (56%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (62%), 2004 (58%), 2002 (100%), 2000 (88%), 1998 (58%), 1996 (62%)
Rubén Hinojosa Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 65 (L) : 34 (C) 65 (L) : 35 (C) 62 (L) : 37 (C)
Social 62 (L) : 38 (C) 78 (L) : 19 (C) 78 (L) : 22 (C)
Foreign 69 (L) : 29 (C) 71 (L) : 27 (C) 72 (L) : 28 (C)
Composite 65.8 (L) : 34.2 (C) 72.2 (L) : 27.8 (C) 70.8 (L) : 29.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV6680
CFG1016
ITIC-75
NTU1719
20112012
COC46-
ACLU-61
ACU012
ADA7075
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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