ENG: Francisco Raul "Quico" Canseco (born July 30, 1949) is an attorney, businessman and former U.S. Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and education
Canseco was born and reared in Laredo, Texas, the eldest of eight children of Consuelo Sada Rangel and Dr. Francisco Manuel Canseco, who were both born in Mexico. He earned a B.A in History from Saint Louis University in 1972. He went on to earn a JD from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1975.
He is a brother in the Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity.
Canseco began his legal career in 1975 as an associate attorney with Mann, Castillon, Fried and Kazan in Laredo. Afterwards, he operated his own practice for five years. Then he joined Person, Whitworth, Ramos, Borchers, and Morales in Laredo as a participating associate. In 1987, he left that firm to become general counsel at Union National Bank of Texas, where he stayed until 1992. He was later counsel to Escamilla and Ponek, from 2003 until 2007.
He became chairman of Texas Heritage Bancshares from 2001 until 2007.
Since 1988, Canseco has been President/Director of FMC Developers, which includes Canseco Investments (incorporated in 1993). He took Hondo National Bank from being a failing bank with $8 Million in assets and one location, to an institution with over $180 Million and four branches today. Canseco served as Board President since 1995.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2004
Canseco ran for the newly redrawn Texas' 28th congressional district. In the Republican primary, he and attorney Jim Hopson qualified for a run-off election.
Canseco got just 21% of the vote, while Hopson got 49% of the vote (barely missing the 50% threshold to win the primary). In the run-off election, Hopson defeated Canseco 65%-35%.
Canseco was defeated by Bexar County Commissioner and former San Antonio city councilman Lyle Larson 62%-38%.
In the Republican primary, Canseco and CIA officer Will Hurd qualified for a run-off election. Hurd got 34%, while Canseco got 36%. In the run-off, Canseco defeated him 53%-47%.
In the general election, Canseco faced incumbent Democratic congressman Ciro Rodriguez. The Republican National Committee gave strong financial support to Canseco in an effort to regain the seat for the Republicans.
As of October 13, 2010, Rodriguez had raised more cash overall ($1,481,520 versus Canseco's $980,821), but Canseco had more cash on hand ($147,961 versus Rodriguez's $90,915).
Canseco defeated Rodriguez 49%-44%.
Ciro Rodriguez filed for a rematch with Canseco in 2012, but he lost the Democratic primary to state representative Pete Gallego, 55%-45%.
In the November 6 general election, Gallego defeated Canseco 50%-46%. Two minor candidates held the remaining 4.1 percent of the ballots. The race was contested amid allegations of voter fraud and irregularities. On November 9, Canseco conceded to Gallego, citing the high costs and lengthy period of time required to contest the election. Although Canseco continued to allege numerous irregularities, he had concluded that "a full investigation and recount would be expensive and time-consuming," considering that the 23rd District embraces all or parts of 29 counties.
While Canseco carried the district's portion of Bexar County, home to more than half the district's population, he lost badly in the central portion of the district, which is virtually coextensive with Gallego's old state house district.
Canseco describes himself as a "limited-government conservative."
He supports the Arizona immigration law. He supports the extension of the Bush tax cuts and repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During the campaign, Canseco openly identified with the Tea Party movement.
Canseco is a member of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative House Republicans. He is one of four voting Latino members of Congress known to be a member of the RSC, the others being Bill Flores of Texas, Raul Labrador of Idaho and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference.
In summer 2011, Canseco was criticized after initially declining to introduce a bill allowing for a swap of land between the Federal Government and Bexar County, Texas. The bill, which was supported by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and sponsored by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate, would expand the development of the San Antonio River to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
In October 2011, Canseco introduced the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act in the House, which mirrored Hutchison's Senate bill. The legislation would cost roughly $4 million over four years, even though the lands would be donated.
In April 2012, Canseco traveled using the San Antonio International Airport. He said that he was assaulted by the Transportation Security Administration when an officer "was patting me down where no one is supposed to go." The TSA officer said that he was assaulted by Canseco, but no arrests were made. Canseco advocates for changes in security procedures.
Canseco reportedly voted with his party 96 percent of the time on all issues.
Canseco and his wife, Gloria, have been married since 1980. The couple resides in San Antonio. They have three children and attend St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church.
January 23, 2013