Carlos Uresti

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Carlos Uresti
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 19th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 118th district
In office
1997–2006
Preceded by Ciro Rodriguez
Succeeded by Joe Farias
Personal details
Born (1963-09-12) September 12, 1963 (age 50)
San Antonio, Texas
Political party Democratic
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater Saint Mary's University
Occupation The Uresti Law Firm
Profession attorney
Religion Catholic
Website Carlosuresti.com

Carlos Ismael "Charlie" Uresti is a prominent San Antonio attorney (210) 927-3412. He practices throughout the State of Texas in the areas of Family Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. As a Democrat, he is a member of the Texas State Senate representing Senate District 19. Texas Senate District 19 is one of the largest geographical senatorial district in the Texas Senate.

Uresti previously represented portions of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio in District 118 in the Texas House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006. He is considered a statewide leader in the fight to prevent child abuse and neglect, and was named Legislator of the Year five times.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas. Uresti is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine. At the San Antonio Bar Association Law Day Luncheon held on May 7, 2010 Carlos Uresti was named "Attorney Mentor of the Year" by the San Antonio Young Lawyer's Association. He is the owner of The Uresti Law Firm, 210-927-3412.

Uresti, the youngest of eight children,[1] was born in Bexar County, Texas,[2] raised in San Antonio and graduated from McCollum High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at age eighteen, and after earning a bachelor of arts degree in political science from St. Mary's University was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He served four years of active duty as a combat engineer and advanced to the rank of captain and earned the Navy Commendation Medal. In 1992, Uresti graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law and maintains a private legal practice in San Antonio. He is also a senior vice president of Independence Title company.[1]

As a member of the Texas House, Uresti was instrumental in helping to bring the Toyota facility to the Southside of San Antonio.[3]

Uresti is married to Lleanna and she has two children, Katalina and Sebastian, and he has two sons, Michael, a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University, and Carlos, Jr., who is a 2011 Texas A&M University-San Antonio graduate and is also a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.[1]

Senator Uresti is the grandfather of Benjamin and Evan Uresti

Uresti is the younger brother of Albert Uresti, who ran for U.S. Congress in November 2006.[4]

Eagle Pass office of State Senator Uresti in former courthouse building on Main Street

Election history[edit]

Election history of Carlos Uresti.[5]

Most recent elections[edit]

2006[edit]

Texas general election, 2006: Senate District 19[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dick Bowen 40,556 40.82 +0.18
Democratic Carlos Uresti 58,793 59.18 -0.18
Majority 18,237 18.36 -0.37
Turnout 99,349 +2.70
Democratic hold
Special election: Senate District 19, Unexpired term[7]
November 7, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dick Bowen 39,312 40.64 +40.64
Democratic Carlos Uresti 57,426 59.36 -40.64
Majority 18,237 18.72 -81.28
Turnout 96,738 +26.31
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 2006: Senate District 19[8]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Frank L. Madla (Incumbent) 18,936 43.48
Carlos Uresti 24,610 56.51
Turnout 12,025

Previous elections[edit]

2004[edit]

Texas general election, 2004: House District 118[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Steve Salyer 16,183 43.21 +43.21
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 21,265 56.79 -43.21
Majority 5,082 13.57 -86.43
Turnout 37,448 +159.77
Democratic hold

2002[edit]

Texas general election, 2002: House District 118[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 14,416 100.00
Majority 14,416 100.00
Turnout 14,416 -27.00
Democratic hold

2000[edit]

Texas general election, 2000: House District 118[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 19,748 100.00
Majority 19,748 100.00
Turnout 19,748 +99.92
Democratic hold

1998[edit]

Texas general election, 1998: House District 118[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 9,878 100.00
Majority 9,878 100.00
Turnout 9,878
Democratic hold
Democratic primary, 1998: House District 118[13]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Sylvia Ruiz-Mendelsohn 1,403 34.80
Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 2,629 65.20
Turnout 4,032

1997[edit]

Special election runoff, House District 118 – Unexpired term[14]
June 21, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sylvia Ruiz-Mendelsohn 1,557 35.69
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 2,805 64.31
Turnout 4,362
Democratic hold
Special election, House District 118 – Unexpired term[14]
May 30, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sylvia Ruiz-Mendelsohn 1,605 29.25
Republican Charley “Injun” Sanford 273 4.97
Democratic Davis Sosa 1,085 19.77
Democratic Carlos “Charlie” Uresti 2,525 46.01
Turnout 4,362
Special election, U.S. Congress, Texas District 28 – Unexpired term[15]
March 15, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Oliver Lowell Blair 168 0.55
Democratic Lauro A. Bustamante 818 2.69
Independent Robert Cantu 82 0.27
Republican Mark Cude 2,452 8.07
Republican Jose Julian de la Rocha 53 0.17
Democratic Michael Idrogo 64 0.21
Republican John P. Kelly 1,229 4.04
Democratic Patrick A. Mason 158 0.52
Republican Narciso V. Mendoza 621 2.04
Democratic Mike G. Pacheco 231 0.76
Democratic Ciro D. Rodriguez 14,018 46.12
Democratic Phil Ross 376 1.24
Democratic Juan F. Solis, III 8,056 26.51
Democratic John A. (Drew) Traeger 718 2.36
Democratic Carlos I. Uresti 1,345 4.43
Write-In Frances Gasch 1 0.00
Write-In Jerome Gonzales 1 0.00
Write-In Lauro Bustamante 1 0.00
Write-In Joyce Wageck 1 0.00
Write-In Steven Finch 1 0.00
Turnout 30,394 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Texas Senate: Senator Carlos I. Uresti: District 19. Official biography. http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist19/dist19.htm (accessed November 29, 2006).
  2. ^ Texas Department of Health. Birth Certificate for Carlos Ismael Uresti, September 12, 1963. Index at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/bexar/vitals/births/1963/bexab63k.txt (accessed December 17, 2006)
  3. ^ Office of Representative Carlos Uresti: Senator-elect Uresti to take oath of office Sunday. Press release. http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/release.php?id=1721 (accessed November 29, 2006).
  4. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 2006 Special November Elections. http://207.200.23.22/06novspc.htm (accessed November 29, 2006)
  5. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
  6. ^ "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  7. ^ "2006 Special November Elections". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  8. ^ "2006 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  9. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 2004 General Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)
  10. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 2002 General Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)
  11. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 2000 General Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)
  12. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 1998 General Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)
  13. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. 1998 Democratic Party Primary Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 29, 2006)
  14. ^ a b Office of the Secretary of State. June 1997 Special Election Runoff. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)
  15. ^ Office of the Secretary of State. March 1997 Special Election. http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe (accessed November 28, 2006)

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ciro D. Rodriguez
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 118 (San Antonio)

1997–2006
Succeeded by
Joe Farias
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Frank L. Madla
Texas State Senator
from District 19 (San Antonio)

2006 – present
Incumbent