Ruben Hinojosa

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U.S. Representative

Ruben Hinojosa ()
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Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Financial Services
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Rubén E. Hinojosa, a Democrat, has represented the Fifteenth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Hinojosa 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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Hinojosa was born August 20, 1940 in Edcouch, Texas. Prior to serving in Congress, he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the University of Texas-Pan American. He served as president of his family's food processing company. In 1974 he was elected to the Texas State Board of Education, serving for 20 years.

"An advocate for the underserved, and economically and educationally disadvantaged, Rubén Hinojosa has made working for those in his community a primary goal," according to his House biography.[1]

Hinojosa defeated Republican Tom Haughey in 1996 with 62% of the vote. He defeated Haughey again in 1998, winning 59% of the vote. In 2000 he took 89% of the vote, facing only independent Frank L. Jones III. Finally in 2002 he ran unopposed.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Paul B. Haring to face Hinojosa in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Hinojosa retained his seat.

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, Ruben Hinojosa, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

  • Clinton Campaign Press Release
  • Tierney's district went for Obama by 49,872 to 30,118 in the Texas primary.
  • Money in politics

    This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

    Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
    DonorAmount (US Dollars)
    Link Group$ 10,400
    L&F Distributors$ 10,200
    American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
    American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
    Border Health$ 10,000
    Laborers Union$ 10,000
    National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors$ 10,000
    National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
    National Beer Wholesalers Assn$ 10,000
    Operating Engineers Union$ 10,000
    Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
    Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
    the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
    Links to more campaign contribution information for Ruben Hinojosa
    from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
    Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
    Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
    Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

    Committees and Affiliations


    Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

    Coalitions and Caucuses

    • Congressional Rural Housing Caucus
    • Co-founder, Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

    More Background Data

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


    DC office
    • 2262 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
      Ph: 202-225-2531 Fax: 202-225-5688
      Webform email
    District offices
    • 107 South Saint Mary's Street, Beeville, TX 78102-5619
      Ph: 361-358-8400 Fax: (none entered)
    • 2864 West Trenton Road, Edinburg, TX 78539
      Ph: 956-682-5545 Fax: (none entered)
    • 311 North Fifteenth Street, McAllen, TX 78501-4715
      Ph: 956-682-5545 Fax: (none entered)
    On the Web
    Campaign office
    • No campaign website entered.
    • No campaign webform email entered.
    • Post Office Box 720452, Mcallen, TX 78504
      Ph: 956-686-6455 Fax: (none entered)

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    1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.



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