Quico Canseco

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Quico Canseco
Quico Canseco, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byCiro Rodriguez
Succeeded byPete Gallego
Personal details
Francisco Raul Canseco

(1949-07-30) July 30, 1949 (age 71)
Laredo, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gloria Canseco
EducationSaint Louis University (B.A., J.D.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Francisco Raul "Quico" Canseco[1] (born July 30, 1949)[2] is an American attorney, businessman and former U.S. Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Canseco was born and reared in Laredo in Webb County in south Texas, the eldest of eight children of Consuelo Sada Rangel and Dr. Francisco Manuel Canseco, who were both born in Monterrey,[3] Mexico.[4] He earned a B.A in History from Saint Louis University in 1972. He went on to earn a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1975. He is a brother in the Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Sephardic Jewish descent.

Legal/business career[edit]

Canseco began his legal career in 1975 as an associate attorney with Mann, Castillon, Fried and Kazen in Laredo. Afterwards, he operated his own practice for five years. Then he joined Person, Whitworth, Ramos, Borchers, and Morales in Laredo as a participating associate. In 1987, he left that firm to become general counsel at Union National Bank of Texas, where he stayed until 1992. He was later counsel to Escamilla and Ponek, from 2003 until 2007. He became chairman of Texas Heritage Bancshares from 2001 until 2007.

Since 1988, Canseco has been President/Director of FMC Developers, which includes Canseco Investments (incorporated in 1993). He, along with Chairman James William Danner, Sr., took Hondo National Bank from being a failing bank with $8 Million in assets and one location, to an institution with over $180 Million and four branches today. Canseco served as Board President since 1995.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Canseco at a campaign rally in San Antonio

Canseco ran for the newly redrawn Texas' 28th congressional district. In the Republican primary, he and attorney Jim Hopson qualified for a run-off election. Canseco got just 21% of the vote, while Hopson got 49% of the vote (barely missing the 50% threshold to win the primary).[6] In the run-off election, Hopson defeated Canseco 65%–35%.[7]


Canseco was defeated in the Republican primary by Bexar County Commissioner and former San Antonio city councilman Lyle Larson 62%–38%.[8][9]


In the Republican primary, Canseco and CIA officer Will Hurd qualified for a run-off election; Hurd got 34%, while Canseco got 32%.[10] In the run-off, Canseco defeated Hurd 53%–47%.[11][12]

In the general election, Canseco faced incumbent Democratic congressman Ciro Rodriguez. The Republican National Committee gave strong financial support to Canseco in an effort to regain the seat for the Republicans. As of October 13, 2010, Rodriguez had raised more cash overall ($1,481,520 versus Canseco's $980,821), but Canseco had more cash on hand ($147,961 versus Rodriguez's $90,915).[13][14]

Canseco defeated Rodriguez 49%–44%.[15]


Ciro Rodriguez filed for a rematch with Canseco in 2012,[16] but he lost the Democratic primary to State Representative Pete Gallego, 55%–45%.

In the November 6 general election, Gallego defeated Canseco 50%–46%. Two minor candidates held the remaining 4.1% of the ballots.[17] The race was contested amid allegations of voter fraud and irregularities.[18] On November 9, Canseco conceded to Gallego, citing the high costs and lengthy period of time required to contest the election. Although Canseco continued to allege numerous irregularities, he had concluded that "a full investigation and recount would be expensive and time-consuming," considering that the 23rd District embraces all or parts of 29 counties.[19] Canseco carried the district's portion of Bexar County, home to more than half the district's population. However, it was not enough to overcome Gallego's margins in the central and western portions of the district, which were virtually coextensive with Gallego's old state House district. Gallego also dominated the heavily Hispanic border areas.


In a bid to return to Congress, Canseco polled 10,204 votes (40.4%) in the Republican primary on March 4. He finished a close second to Will Hurd, his intraparty rival from 2010. Hurd, an African American, received 10,348 votes (49.9%). The remaining 4,723 votes (18.7%) went to a third candidate, Robert Lowry.[20] In the May 27 runoff Hurd handily defeated Canseco, 8,698 (59.5%) to 5,924 (40.5%). Hurd faced freshman Democratic Representative Pete Gallego in the November 4 general election,[21] and ultimately won.

When Canseco ran for Congress in 2010, he obtained two loans totaling $88,000 from his family-owned enterprises. The money was taken from a bank account of a subsidiary company with an address in Mexico. He also provided $86,000 in his own funds as a campaign loan. As Canseco ran in 2014, federal regulators were auditing his campaign funds to see if they were in violation of restrictions on corporate contributions and a longstanding ban on political donations made by foreign nationals, corporations, partnerships, and associations.[22]


In another bid to return to Congress, Canseco ran in the 18-way Republican primary for Texas's 21st congressional district to succeed the retiring incumbent Republican Lamar Smith.[23] He was ultimately unsuccessful, garnering less than 5% of the vote.[24]


Canseco describes himself as a "limited-government conservative."[25]

He supports the Arizona immigration law.[26] He supports the extension of the Bush tax cuts and repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During the campaign, Canseco openly identified with the Tea Party movement.[27]

Canseco was a member of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative House Republicans. During his tenure, he was one of four voting Latino members of Congress known to be a member of the RSC, the others being Bill Flores of Texas, Raul Labrador of Idaho and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. He was also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference. In 2012, Canseco delivered the Spanish language version of the Republican response to the State of the Union address.[28]

In summer 2011, Canseco was criticized after initially declining to introduce a bill allowing for a swap of land between the Federal Government and Bexar County, Texas. The bill, which was supported by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and sponsored by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate, would expand the development of the San Antonio River to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.[29]

In October 2011, Canseco introduced the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act in the House, which mirrored Hutchison's Senate bill.[30] The legislation would cost roughly $4 million over four years, even though the lands would be donated.

In April 2012, Canseco traveled using the San Antonio International Airport. He said that he was assaulted by the Transportation Security Administration when an officer "was patting me down where no one is supposed to go." The TSA officer said that he was assaulted by Canseco, but no arrests were made. Canseco advocates for changes in security procedures.[31]

Canseco reportedly voted with his party 96% of the time on all issues.[32]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Canseco and his wife, Gloria, have been married since 1979. The couple resides in San Antonio. They have three children and attend St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church.[33] He attended Culver Military Academy in his youth.

Electoral history[edit]


Texas's 23rd congressional district election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pete Gallego 96,477 50.33
Republican Quico Canseco 87,255 45.52
Libertarian Jeffrey C. Blunt 5,827 3.04
Green Ed Scharf 2,099 1.09
Total votes 191,658 5.89


2010 23rd Congressional District of Texas Elections[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Quico Canseco 74,671 49.38
Democratic Ciro Rodriguez 67,212 44.44

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  3. ^ "RootsWeb: Freepages". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ "Quico Canseco", Rootsweb
  5. ^ "Congressman Francisco Canseco: Biography". Canseco.house.gov. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "TX – District 28 – R Primary Race – Mar 09, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "TX – District 28 – R Runoff Race – Apr 13, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Democrat Fights to Retain Congressional Seat in Republican Texas".
  9. ^ "TX – District 23 – R Primary Race – Mar 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "TX District 23 – R Primary Race – Mar 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
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  12. ^ Texas Secretary of State[dead link]
  13. ^ "Texas 23rd District Profile". New York Times. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  14. ^ Martin, Gary (2010-10-20). "Quico Canseco only Texas challenger with more cash in bank than incumbent". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  15. ^ a b "2010 General Election, Election Night Returns, Unofficial Elections Results As Of: 11/3/2010 12:14:58 PM". Texas Secretary of State. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-22.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Trying Again: Former Representatives Seeking a Second Chance". National Journal. November 22, 2011. Archived from the original on November 24, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Canseco not conceding congressional race".
  19. ^ Gary Martin, "Canseco calls Gallego on Friday to concede race", Laredo Morning Times, November 10, 2012, p. 5A
  20. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  21. ^ "2014 Republican Party Primary Runoff: Election Night Returns". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  22. ^ Kevin Diaz of The Houston Chronicle, "Texas's 23rd Congressional District: Feds audit Canseco's campaign finances", Laredo Morning Times'', May 2, 2014, pp. 1, 10A
  23. ^ http://herald-zeitung.com/article_f72d4ed0-1c1f-11e8-9ddb-d38ec48e53b4.html
  24. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/texas-house-district-21-primary-election
  25. ^ Bio page on campaign site Archived March 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Stroud, Scott (2010-10-27). "Election result will shape immigration reform". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  27. ^ McKinley, Jr., James C. (2010-10-28). "In House Race in Texas, a Spotlight on the Hispanic Vote". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  28. ^ Martin, Gary (2012-01-24). "Julian Castro and Quico Canseco get moment in spotlight at SOTU - Texas on the Potomac". Blog.chron.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  29. ^ "Canseco is slow to move on Mission Park Expansion". San Antonio Express-News. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
  30. ^ "San Antonio Missions national park bill approved by Senate panel".
  31. ^ "Congressman says he was assaulted during pat-down". Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
  32. ^ "Quico Canseco (R)". Washington Post. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  33. ^ "Canseco for Congress". Canseco for Congress. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ciro Rodriguez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Pete Gallego