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Francisco "Quico" R. Canseco (born July 30, 1949) is the U.S. Representative
United States House of Representatives
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 for . He is a member of the Republican Party
Republican Party (United States)
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Early life and education

Canseco grew up in Laredo, Texas
Laredo, Texas
Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd largest on the United States-Mexican border,...

, the eldest of eight siblings. He earned a B.A in History from Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It is one of 28 member institutions of the...

 in 1972. He went on to earn a JD
Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor is a professional doctorate and first professional graduate degree in law.The degree was first awarded by Harvard University in the United States in the late 19th century and was created as a modern version of the old European doctor of law degree Juris Doctor (see etymology and...

 from Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law , also known as SLU LAW, is a private American law school located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the professional graduate schools of Saint Louis University. Opened in 1843, it is the first law school west of the Mississippi River. The school has been ABA...

 in 1975.

Legal/business career

Canseco began his legal career as an associate attorney
Associate attorney
An associate attorney is a lower-level employee of a traditional law firm who does not hold an ownership interest as a partner.-Attorneys:An associate may be a junior or senior associate, but normally does not yet hold an ownership interest in the firm even if they have been associated with the...

 with Mann, Castillon, Fried and Kazan in 1975. He owned his own practice for five years. After that he joined Person, Whitworth, Ramos, Borchers, and Morales as a participating associate. In 1987, he left that firm to become general counsel
General Counsel
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 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.

Canseco has been President/Director of FMC Developers since 1988, which includes Canseco Investments (incorporated in 1993). He 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.



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). In the run-off election, Hopson defeated Canseco 65%-35%.


In the Republican primary, Canseco was defeated by Bexar County
Bexar County, Texas
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,392,931 people, 488,942 households, and 345,681 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,117 people per square mile . There were 521,359 housing units at an average density of 418 per square mile...

 Commissioner and former San Antonio city councilman Lyle Larson 62%-38%.


In the Republican primary, Canseco and CIA officer Will Hurd qualified for a run-off election. Hurd got 34%, while Canseco got 36%. In the run-off, Canseco defeated him 53%-47%.

In the general election, Canseco faced incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Ciro Rodriguez. He released a few television advertisements. 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).

Canseco defeated Rodriguez 49%-44%.


Ciro Rodriguez has filed to run a rematch against Canseco. Democrat State Representative Pete Gallego
Pete Gallego
Pete P. Gallego is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 74th District since his election in 1990.He serves as on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and is a former Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus...

 also filed to run. Republicans have released a redistricting map where Canseco's 23rd district would be the state's only swing district. However, the district would be more favorable to Canseco, as Obama would get only 48% (currently he's at 51%). However, a recent map proposed by three San Antonio judjes give Canseco a district that's politically the same.


Canseco describes himself as a "limited-government conservative."

He supports the Arizona immigration law. He supports the extension of the Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

 tax cuts and repealing the recent federal healh care reform legislation
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The law is the principal health care reform legislation of the 111th United States Congress...

. During the campaign, he openly identified with the tea party.

Canseco is a member of the Republican Study Committee
Republican Study Committee
The Republican Study Committee [RSC] is a caucus of over 170 conservative members of the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives...

, a caucus of conservative House Republicans. He is one of four voting Latino members of Congress known to be a member of the RSC, the others being Bill Flores
Bill Flores
William H. "Bill" Flores is the U.S. Representative for . The district, located in the middle of the state, includes Waco, College Station and Bryan. He is a member of the Republican Party and the former CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company, an oil and natural gas exploration company.-Early life and...

 of Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, Raul Labrador
Raúl Labrador
Raúl Rafael Labrador is the U.S. Representative for . He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously represented District 14B in the Idaho House of Representatives.-Early life, education, and law career:...

 of Idaho
Idaho is a state in the Rocky Mountain area of the United States. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state....

 and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference
Congressional Hispanic Conference
The Congressional Hispanic Conference is a Republican Party-controlled caucus in the United States Congress. The CHC was formed in 2003, with the stated goal of promoting policy outcomes of importance to Americans of Hispanic or Latino and Portuguese descent. These priorities included support of...


Controversy arose during the summer of 2011 when Canseco refused to introduce a bill allowing for a swap of land between the Federal Government and Bexar County, Texas. The land would be used to expand the development of the San Antonio River to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Although the plan was enthusiastically supported by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and a bill had been introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, Canseco would not committ to introducing a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Canseco said he is taking extra time to write a bill that will ensure passage, although there is speculation that he is not supporting the plan.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Financial Services
    United States House Committee on Financial Services
    The United States House Committee on Financial Services is the committee of the United States House of Representatives that oversees the entire financial services industry, including the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries...

    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
      United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
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    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
      United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
      The U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services.-Jurisdiction:The Subcommittee conducts oversight of the agencies, departments, and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction...

Personal life

Canseco and his wife, Gloria, have been married since 1980. The couple resides in San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States of America and the second-largest city within the state of Texas, with a population of 1.33 million. Located in the American Southwest and the south–central part of Texas, the city serves as the seat of Bexar County. In 2011,...

. They have three children and attend St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church.

Electoral history

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