Charlie Gonzalez
American politician
Charlie Gonzalez
Charles A. "Charlie" Gonzalez, is a Democratic politician from Texas. He has represented Texas's 20th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. The district includes more than half of San Antonio.
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4 Latino Politicians Who Aren't Returning To Congress
Huffington Post - about 4 years
At least four Latino Congress members won’t return this year as the 113th Congress convenes with a record number of Latino members. Among the Latino Congress members who won’t be returning include U.S. representatives Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), Joe Baca (D-Calif.), Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-Texas), and David Rivera (R-Fla.). Charlie Gonzalez’s stepping down marks the end of an era Gonzalez announced November 2011 that he would not seek re-election and would step down after serving in Texas’ 20th Congressional District for 14 years. The 67-year-old’s decision not to run for an eighth term meant that for the first time in 50 years, the San Antonio ballots would not include a member of the Gonzalez family running for Congress. Gonzalez’s father, Henry B. Gonzalez, was first elected to serve in Congress in 1961. Henry went on to serve for 37 years before stepping down in 1999 due to health issues. He passed away in 2000 at age 84. Gonzalez stepped into his fathe ...
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Joe Biden Rallies Latinos 'To Step Up And Step Out'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden rallied Latino members of Congress on Thursday to push for immigration reform, calling Latinos "the center of the nation's future" and reminding them that their political power will only grow after the last presidential election. "The way to make the mark ... is for the Hispanic community to step up and step out and let the world know, let the Republicans know, let others know that if you ignore the needs and concerns of the Hispanic community, you will not win," Biden said at a swearing-in event hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a nonpartisan group that runs programs encouraging Latino leadership. A record 26 members were welcomed into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which is separate from the institute, on Thursday. Not all Latino members of Congress joined the caucus, but their total, too, is a record: There are three senators and 33 House members of Latino descent in the 113th Congress. Many of them ...
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Latino Candidates Make History
Huffington Post - over 4 years
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It is lunch hour at Barelas Coffee House, in the heart of one of Albuquerque's oldest Latino neighborhoods. Democratic House candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham weaves her way among the tables, searching for votes as waiters shuffle bowls of red chile and plates of enchiladas. Lujan Grisham quickly finds Betty Minero, 88, who isn't bothered by the fact that Lujan Grisham, the daughter of a Mexican-American dentist and white mother, doesn't speak Spanish and worked for Gary Johnson, New Mexico's former Republican governor. "She's going to make us proud," Minero says. Lujan Grisham is part of the next generation of college-educated, middle-class Latino congressional candidates. Unlike many of their early predecessors, the new Latino candidates don't come from union or labor backgrounds, and some are seeking seats outside of predominantly Hispanic districts. They are the beneficiaries of civil rights gains, demographic changes and new congress ...
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Ted Cruz Poised To Win Texas Senate Election, Polls Show
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By: Griselda Nevarez, VOXXI With just two weeks before this year’s elections, the Cuban-American Republican Ted Cruz is on the verge of becoming the first Latino to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Polls show that Cruz, who is the former Texas solicitor general, is well ahead of his Democratic challenger Paul Sadler. He led Sadler by as much as 26 percent in a recent poll. Yet, many of the Lone Star State’s Latinos are not exactly thrilled about the 41-year-old’s likely victory over his challenger. Political analysts say it is because of Cruz’s conservative positions on several issues including immigration, healthcare and voter ID laws. They say his stance on these issues is likely to turn off many of the state’s Latino voters who are predominately Mexican American and more likely to side with Democrats on economic and social issues. Cruz’s Stance On Issues Upsets Many Latinos A majority of the Latinos in Texas support a comprehensive immigration reform th ...
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First lady hails Obama's values as Democratic speakers assail Romney
First Read- MSNBC - over 4 years
By Michael O'Brien, NBC News Follow @mpoindc !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");   CHARLOTTE, N.C. – First lady Michelle Obama said her husband remains anchored by the same values he brought to the White House nearly four years ago, on a night devoted as much to tearing down Republican nominee Mitt Romney, as building up President Barack Obama and his record. In an emotional speech, First Lady Michelle Obama says President Barack Obama remains anchored by the same values he brought to the White House nearly four years ago. Democrats’ message on Tuesday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention, was two-pronged and crystal clear. The evening’s speeches both sought to extol the president’s accomplishments and cast him as empathetic, while at the same time looking to deconstru ...
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José Fernando López: The Limits of Latino Political Power in the US
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Some experts say that power is built from its base, and this, it would seem, is what the US Latinos are doing. According to Naleo (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), there are currently 5,850 Latinos serving as officials in the country. Most of them are doing so locally. There are many Latinos with important jobs at municipal levels, such as Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, or Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Nevertheless, the Hispanic power is not strictly limited to the cities. According to the 2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials of Naleo, "183 Latinos state representatives and 68 Latino state senators serve in state legislatures across the country." Plus two Latino governors: Brian E. Sandoval, the first Hispanic governor of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the first Hispanic woman to this post in the United States. That's not bad keeping in mind that there exists no State in the country where Hispanic ...
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Congressman Gonzalez honored with Ohtli Award
my SA - almost 5 years
Congressman Gonzalez honored with Ohtli Award Express-News Copyright 2012 Express-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 10:21 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 WASHINGTON — Mexico selected U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez of San Antonio as one of five Americans to receive one of its highest awards bestowed on those who promote the prosperity of Mexican communities.
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Remarks By The President At Cinco De Mayo Reception
The White House - almost 5 years
5:12 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT: Hola, hola! (Applause.) Gracias y bienvenidos. I am honored to welcome you to Cinco de Mayo at the White House. (Applause.) Even though it’s only tres de Mayo. We just like to get the fiesta started early around here. (Laughter.)  It is a pleasure to be joined by so many Latinos and Latinas -– and those who wish they were Latino and Latina. (Laughter.) I knew you wouldn’t miss an opportunity for great music and dancing at the White House, especially with the outstanding Ballet Folklórico from Georgetown University. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)   Our great friend Ambassador Arturo Sarukhán and his lovely wife Veronica are here. I’m honored to welcome Hispanic Americans serving at every level of my administration, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. (Applause.) I want to recognize Charlie Gonzalez, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. As all of you know, Charlie’s birthday is on Cinco de Mayo, so don’t for ...
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Celebrating two years of the Affordable Care Act helping Latinos
Black Voice News - almost 5 years
By Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas)  Two years ago, a new healthcare bill was signed into law that dramatically increased Americans’ access to quality, affordable healthcare. The Hispanic community was disproportionately affected by the old unfair healthcare system, but this new law positively impacts Read more...
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Northwest Vista College wins major grant to attract students to math, science ... - Bizjournals.com
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, will present the check to Northwest Vista officials on Aug. 30. “As our country moves forward to create jobs and grow the economy, it is critical that we invest in America's schools to provide all of our students with
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29 House members urge leaders not to end page program - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam), Jerry Costello (Ill.), Charlie Gonzalez (Texas), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Sam Farr (Calif.), Betty McCollum (Minn.), Gary Ackerman (NY), Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands), Nick Rahall (W.Va
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NYPL notes: Wittels knows highs, lows - Bisons.com
Google News - over 5 years
"Charlie Gonzalez, a scout for the Cardinals who's followed me all throughout, he called me and kind of sold me on the Cardinals," said Wittels. "They love my kind of player -- maybe not the most talented guy, but guys who just go out there and bust
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Putting the promise in compromise - Daily Comet
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez of the 20th Congressional District - who promoted mediation as a former state district judge. “Somebody's gotta be a neutral (party) who doesn't have a dog in the fight for 2012,” Naranjo said. “A neutral would be able to help
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Gonzalez says tax increases necessary, inevitable - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez told business leaders Wednesday that federal tax increases are an inevitable part of reviving the nation's economy. “You're not going to balance a budget and you're not going to reduce the national debt without (more) revenues,â€
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Anti-obesity projects are touted locally - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, who met to discuss projects under way aimed at reversing high rates of childhood obesity, particularly on the West Side. Some of the projects are part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids,
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Analysis: Texas congressional delegation no longer united for the state - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, said he and his Democratic colleagues “warned the Republican leadership they were playing with fire by tying the increase of the debt ceiling to the ideological agenda of the extreme wing of the Republican Party
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'Super Committee' Not So Super Representative - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
Emphasizing that point, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, commended Pelosi on Thursday for appointing Becerra. "While every American would be impacted by the committee's plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion,
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Tarrant House Republicans unified in support of debt deal - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Al Green of Houston, Charlie Gonzalez of San Antonio and Silvestre Reyes of El Paso. The Senate is due to vote today on the measure and both Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they will vote for it. "When the debt ceiling debate
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Elizondo was known as father of the Hazelwood Act - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, praised Elizondo's dedication. The longtime AFL-CIO union activist also was a voting delegate to the National Association of Letter Carriers conventions and state and national Democratic Party conventions
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlie Gonzalez
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 66
    He decided to retire and not seek another term in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Charlie Gonzalez is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. He is generally seen as less confrontational than his father, who once punched someone for calling him a communist. Between them, the father and son represented the 20th for 52 consecutive years; the only father and son combination to serve longer in the House has been the Dingells of Michigan, who have represented the state's 15th District for 80 consecutive years.
    He served as Chairman of Latinos for Obama and National Co-Chair of President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
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  • 2011
    Age 65
    Gonzalez announced on November 25, 2011, that he would not seek reelection in the 2012 congressional elections.
    More Details Hide Details He said he wanted a job that would allow him "to be productive and have the resources to make a better life" for himself and his family.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    Rep. Gonzalez was one of the first congressmen to actively support Barack Obama in the 2008 Democrat presidential primary. "Senator Obama brings all these new fresh faces,’’ Gonzalez told the San Antonio Express-News. "He has a wider audience.
    More Details Hide Details He has the greater potential to engage a greater number of people.’’
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 54
    He had no major-party opposition in 2000 and 2006 and was completely unopposed in 2002.
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  • 1998
    Age 52
    When his father didn't seek a full 19th term in 1998, Charlie ran for the seat.
    More Details Hide Details In a crowded seven-way Democratic primary, Gonzalez led the field with 44%, missing the 50% threshold to avoid a run-off. In that election, he defeated San Antonio City Councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozabal 62%-38%. In the general election, he defeated Republican James Walker 63%-36%. He 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. However, he had effectively assured himself of succeeding his father with his primary win. The 20th is a heavily Democratic, majority-Hispanic district; the Republicans have only put up nominal candidates in this district since Henry won it in a 1961 special election. Charlie kept this tradition going. He re-elected six more times, and never won re-election with less than 63% of the vote. He only faced a Republican challenger three times, in 2004, 2008 and 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 36
    He then began practicing law until 1982 when he began rising through the ranks of the court system.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Henry Gonzalez, of Texas's 20th congressional district, had long groomed his son as his successor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 23
    He 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 University in San Antonio in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details As a youth, he was a Boy Scout in Troop 90 of San Antonio. His father was the Scoutmaster. Gonzalez served as a technical sergeant in the Texas Air National Guard from 1969 until 1975.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 15
    Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Bertha Marie (née Cuellar) and Henry B. Gonzalez, who represented the 20th from 1961 until his son took over in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details His parents, of Mexican descent, were both Texas-born. Charlie graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on May 5, 1945.
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