New Members 2010 - Texas

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REP.-ELECT BILL FLORES (R-TEXAS-17)

Date of Birth: Feb. 25, 1954
Birthplace: Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne AFB, Wyoming
Residence: Bryan, Texas
Occupation: Businessman
Education: B.B.A., Texas A&M University; M.B.A., Houston Baptist University
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Gina; two children

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Bill Flores succeeded where others have failed, unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards in a closely fought race. Flores has spent his entire professional career in the energy sector, working as chief financial officer for a string of successful firms. His career culminated with Phoenix Exploration, a company he co-founded.

Flores was born at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., while his father was serving in the military. Following his father’s service, the family moved back to Stratford, Texas, where nine generations of his family have lived. Flores and his wife, Gina, have contributed millions of dollars for scholarship programs at Texas A&M University.


REP.-ELECT FRANCISCO "QUICO" CANSECO (R-TEXAS-23)

Date of Birth: July 30, 1949
Birthplace: Laredo, Texas
Residence: San Antonio
Occupation: President and director, FMC Developers, Inc.
Education: B.A., Saint Louis University; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Gloria; three children

Francisco Canseco defeated incumbent Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in the race for Texas’s 23rd district. Canseco, a lawyer, developer and banker, won his first congressional race after two previous bids, including one in a different district.

Canseco contributed more than $500,000 to his 2010 campaign and touted his work developing shopping centers and retail stores. His family started The Canseco Foundation, which contributes money to healthcare and educational needs in the Laredo, Texas, area.  


REP.-ELECT BLAKE FARENTHOLD (R-TEXAS-27)

Date of Birth: Dec. 12, 1962
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas
Residence: Corpus Christi, Texas
Occupation: Talk show contributor, “Lago in the Morning”
Education: B.S., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Debbie; two daughters

Farenthold defeated Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz in a race that went to a recount.

Farenthold is a lifelong resident of south Texas, born and raised in Corpus Christi. He is an attorney by trade and spent seven years practicing law before going on to host a top-rated conservative talk radio program called “Lago in the Morning.”

He has roots in the radio business. He majored in radio, television and film in college and worked as a radio disc jockey in high school and college.

Farenthold met his wife, Debbie, while at college in line for tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert.