Rubén E. Hinojosa (born August 20, 1940) is the U.S. House of Representative for Texas's 15th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district stretches from the Rio Grande Valley to historic Goliad County and the Coastal Bend region. Much of the region is rural, although Hidalgo and Cameron Counties are part of the third fastest growing metropolitan statistical area in the country. He serves on the Financial Services and Education committees.
Early Life, Education and Career
Hinojosa was born in Edcouch, Texas. 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 and Chief Financial Officer of his family's food processing company, H&H Foods, for twenty years.
In 1974, he was elected to the Texas State Board of Education, serving for ten years.
Running for Congress in 1996, Hinojosa defeated Republican Tom Haughey 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. In 2002, he was elected once again.
In 2004, Hinojosa faced Republican Michael Thamm in the redrawn district 15 and defeated the former major, winning with 59 percent of the vote. In the 2006 mid-term election he faced both Paul Haring and Eddie Zamora, both Republicans. Hinojosa won 61 percent of the vote in the once-again redrawn district.
Hinojosa is considered a liberal and votes with his party 86% of the time. Hinojosa has sponsored 61 bills since Jan 7, 1997.
Five of these bills were enacted.
Hinojosa supports the DREAM Act, a law which would give a path to citizenship to children who entered the country illegally before the age of 16. On October 3, 2008 Rep. Hinojosa voted in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program believing that the enumerated powers grant Congress the authority to "purchase assets and equity from financial institutions in order to strengthen its financial sector." Hinojosa voted for the passage of the 'Cap and Trade' bill known as H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act.
Hinojosa is married to Martha Lopez Hinojosa and has one son, Ruben Jr., and four daughters Laura, Iliana, Kaitlin and Karén. His net worth was between $636,034 and $2,443,999 in 2007 a
ccording to financial disclosure statements. However, he filed for bankruptcy in 2010, listing assets of around $1.4 million and debt in excess of $2.7 million.
February 15th, 2012