Charles Gonzalez

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Charles A. Gonzalez, a Democrat, represented the Twentieth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Gonzalez voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Gonzalez cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[2]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


Gonzalez was born in San Antonio on May 5, 1945. His father, Henry B. Gonzalez, represented the 20th from 1961 until his son took over in 1999. Between them, the father and son have served 44 consecutive years in Congress as of 2005. Charlie received his bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969, and then later earned his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio in 1972.

Gonzalez served as a Technical Sergeant in the Texas Air National Guard from 1969 until 1975. He then began practicing law until 1982 when he served first as a municipal court judge, then later as a judge in county and then district court, both of which are elected positions.

Congressional career

Henry Gonzalez had long groomed his son as his successor, so Charlie was well-positioned to run when his father didn't seek a 19th full term in 1998. He defeated his only major challenger, Republican James Walker, carrying 63% of the vote and became only the fourth person to represent the 20th District since its creation in 1935; in fact, Charlie's first race was the first open-seat race in the district's 64-year history. He was reelected with no major-party opposition in 2000, unopposed in 2002, and with 63% of the vote in 2004.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Gonzalez’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

2008 elections

2008 superdelegate
This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Texas superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Charles Gonzalez, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

  • Gary Martin, Gonzalez endorses Obama, San Antonio Express-News, February 11, 2008
  • Gonzales' district went for Clinton by 68017 to 29631 in the Texas primary.
  • Money in politics

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    Committees and Affiliations


    Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

    Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

    • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
      • Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection
      • Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
      • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
      • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

    More Background Data

    Wikipedia also has an article on Charles Gonzalez. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


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    District offices
    • 727 East Durango Boulevard, B-124 Federal Building, San Antonio, TX 78206
      Ph: 210-472-6195 Fax: (none entered)
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    • 206 East Locust Street, San Antonio, TX 78212
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