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Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-Texas)

District: 23rd District
Political Highlights: Harlandale Independent School District Board of Trustees, 1975-87; Texas House, 1987-97; U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-2005; defeated in primary for re-election to U.S. House, 2004; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 2006; U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-11
Born: Dec. 9, 1946; Piedras Negras, Mexico
Residence: San Antonio
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Carolina Pena Rodriguez; one child
Education: St. Mary's U. (Texas), B.A. 1973; Our Lady of the Lake U., M.S.W. 1978
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1997 (5th full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Homeland Security; Legislative Branch; Transportation-HUD); Veterans' Affairs (Disability Assistance & Memorial Affairs; Health)

Defeated by Francisco 'Quico' Canseco, R, in general election on November 2, 2010

Election History
2010generalFrancisco Canseco (R) 74,85349.4
Ciro Rodriguez (D) 67,34844.4
Craig Stephens (I) 5,4323.6
Martin Nitschke (LIBERT) 2,4821.6
Ed Scharf (GREEN) 1,4190.9
2008generalCiro Rodriguez (D) 134,09055.8
Lyle Larson (R) 100,79941.9
Lani Connolly (LIBERT) 5,5812.3
2006general runoffCiro Rodriguez (D) 38,25654.3
Henry Bonilla (R) 32,21745.7
2006generalHenry Bonilla (R) 60,17548.6
Ciro Rodriguez (D) 24,59419.9
Albert Uresti (D) 14,55211.8
Lukin Gilliland (D) 13,72811.1
Craig Stephens (I) 3,3412.7
August Beltran (D) 2,6472.1
Rick Bolanos (D) 2,5642.1
Adrian DeLeon (D) 2,1981.8
2002generalCiro Rodriguez (D) 71,39371.1
Gabriel Perales (R) 26,97326.9
William Stallknecht (LIBERT) 2,0542.1
2000generalCiro Rodriguez (D) 123,10489.0
William Stallknecht (LIBERT) 15,15611.0
1998generalCiro Rodriguez (D) 71,84990.5
Edward Elmer (LIBERT) 7,5049.5
1997special runoffCiro Rodriguez (D) 19,99266.7
Juan Solis (D) 9,99033.3
1997specialCiro Rodriguez (D) 14,01846.1
Juan Solis (D) 8,05626.5
Mark Cude (R) 2,4528.1
Carlos Uresti (D) 1,3454.4
John Kelly (R) 1,2294.0
Lauro Bustamante (D) 8182.7
John Traeger (D) 7182.4
Narciso Mendoza (R) 6212.0
Phil Ross (D) 3761.2
Mike Pacheco (D) 2310.8
Oliver Blair (R) 1680.6
Patrick Mason (D) 1580.5
Robert Cantu (I) 820.3
Michael Idrogo (D) 640.2
Jose De La Rocha (R) 530.2
Roll Call Vitals


Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.