Tony Gonzales
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 23rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byWill Hurd
Personal details
Born
Ernest Anthony Gonzales

(1980-10-10) October 10, 1980 (age 42)
Political partyRepublican
SpouseAngel Gonzales
Children6
EducationChaminade University (AA)
Excelsior College (BS)
American Public University (MA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1999–2019
RankMaster Chief Petty Officer
UnitCryptologic Technician
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan

Ernest Anthony Gonzales II[1] (born October 10, 1980)[2] is an American politician and United States Navy veteran who has served as the U.S. representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2021.[3] He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Gonzales was raised in San Antonio, Devine, and Camp Wood, Texas.[4][5] He earned an Associate of Arts from Chaminade University, a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a graduate certificate in legislative studies from Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts from American Public University.[2] He is in a PhD program at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he has specialized in international development, security studies, and international politics.[6]

Early career

From 1999 to 2019, Gonzales served in the United States Navy, retiring with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. A trained cryptologist, Gonzales was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also stationed in Tampa, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Kāneʻohe Bay; and San Antonio, and assigned to the United States Navy Office of Legislative Affairs.[7][8]

Gonzales served as a Department of Defense fellow in the office of Senator Marco Rubio and also worked as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland.[9][10]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas § District 23

Gonzales ran for Texas's 23rd congressional district in the 2020 election. The seat was open, as three-term Republican incumbent Will Hurd did not seek reelection. In the Republican primary, Gonzales narrowly defeated Raul Reyes after a recount. During the primary, Gonzales was endorsed by Hurd and President Donald Trump.[11] In the November general election, Gonzales defeated Democratic nominee Gina Ortiz Jones.[12] The result was considered an upset, as most forecasters believed that the Democrats were favored to flip the district after Hurd announced his retirement.[13] Gonzales's term in office began on January 3, 2021.[14][15][16][17]

Tenure

Gonzales, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[18]

On May 19, 2021, Gonzales was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[19]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Party leadership

Political positions

Abortion

Gonzales describes himself as pro-life. He co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021 (H.R. 18), which aims to codify the Hyde Amendment banning federal funding for abortions.[25][26]

Cybersecurity

Gonzales has cited cybersecurity as "a top priority in Congress" and has supported increased funding for Texan infrastructure against acts of cyberterrorism or ransomware.[27]

Gun rights

Gonzales supported amending the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to remove a proposed red flag law provision. He and other House Republicans signed a letter that argued the provision would infringe on Second Amendment rights and allow "military judges and magistrates to issue military court gun confiscation orders."[28]

After the Robb Elementary School shooting in Gonzales's Congressional district, Gonzales voted for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and cited his experience growing up in an abusive household (including an instance of his father threatening his mother with a gun) as his reason for supporting the act.[29]

Immigration

Gonzales supports keeping Title 42 expulsion in place and, along with Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra arguing that the removal of Title 42 would encourage illegal immigration at the southern border.[30][31]

In 2022, Gonzales argued that while the Remain in Mexico policy enacted by the Trump administration had flaws, it had been an effective strategy to prevent illegal immigration and asylum fraud and that repealing laws on illegal immigration and off-soil asylum processing had led to cases such as the trailer deaths in San Antonio earlier that year. In response to the repeal of the Remain in Mexico policy under Biden, Gonzales called for an increase in immigration judges to process asylum cases "in days, not years." He supports the expansion and simplification of work visas to reform legal immigration.[32][33]

LGBT rights

On July 19, 2022, Gonzales and 46 other House Republicans voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, require each state to recognize any marriage performed in another state, and codify same-sex marriage and Obergefell v. Hodges into federal law.[34][35]

Personal life

Gonzales and his wife, Angel, have six children.[36] Angel served as the treasurer and custodian of records for Gonzales's campaign.[37] He is a Roman Catholic.[38]

Electoral history

2020 Texas's 23rd congressional district election[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Gonzales 149,395 50.6
Democratic Gina Ortiz Jones 137,693 46.6
Libertarian Beto Villela 8,369 2.8
Total votes 295,457 100
Republican hold

See also

References

  1. ^ "GONZALES, ERNEST ANTHONY TONY II - Candidate overview". FEC.gov.
  2. ^ a b Bernal, Rafael (November 30, 2020). "Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-Texas-23)". The Hill. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Cochrane, Emily (November 4, 2020). "Tony Gonzales Defeats Gina Ortiz Jones, Keeping G.O.P. Hold on Texas House Seat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tony Gonzales". NRCC Young Guns. September 11, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Tony Gonzales has repeatedly perpetrated the false allegation that Gina Ortiz Jones doesn't live in Texas". ExpressNews.com. October 7, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "FDD | Tony Gonzales". FDD. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "San Antonio Navy vet sets his sights on Doggett's congressional seat". ExpressNews.com. July 31, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  9. ^ "Tony Gonzales, Navy Information Operations Command N3 Operations Chief". www.militarycityusaradio.org. October 31, 2018. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tony Gonzales". Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  11. ^ Svitek, Patrick (July 4, 2020). "Donald Trump endorses Tony Gonzales to replace U.S. Rep. Will Hurd". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  12. ^ Tracy, Gerald (November 3, 2020). "Tony Gonzales claims District 23 win, Gina Ortiz Jones calls it 'premature'". KABB. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "Tony Gonzales clinches House District 23 in surprise upset". November 4, 2020.
  14. ^ Svitek, Patrick (August 22, 2020). "After recount, Tony Gonzales is still winner of GOP runoff for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd's seat". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "Texas Election Results: 23rd Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "Republican Gonzales gets early lead in TX-23". ExpressNews.com. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  17. ^ Tracy, Gerald (November 3, 2020). "Tony Gonzales pulling away as more votes start coming in". WOAI. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  18. ^ Carl Hulse (March 6, 2021). "After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead". New York Times.
  19. ^ LeBlanc, Paul (May 19, 2021). "Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission". CNN. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  20. ^ "Congressman Tony Gonzales Named to Appropriations Committee | Representative Tony Gonzales". gonzales.house.gov. January 14, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  21. ^ a b Gonzalez, Anthony (January 29, 2021). "Congressman Tony Gonzales Announces Subcommittee Assignments". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved January 29, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "Congressman Tony Gonzales Joins Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus | Representative Tony Gonzales". gonzales.house.gov. January 21, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  23. ^ "Congressman Tony Gonzales Joins Republican Study Committee | Representative Tony Gonzales". gonzales.house.gov. January 26, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  24. ^ "Congressman Tony Gonzales Named Assistant Whip for House Republicans | Representative Tony Gonzales". gonzales.house.gov. January 15, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  25. ^ "H.R.18 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  26. ^ "Pro-Life". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  27. ^ "Cybersecurity". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  28. ^ "Congressman Tony Gonzales, House GOP Colleagues Urge Removal of Red Flag Law From NDAA". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  29. ^ "House Republican who represents Uvalde backs bipartisan gun safety bill". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  30. ^ "Cornyn, Cruz, Gonzales Lead Texas Delegation Letter Urging Biden to Keep Title 42 Given Record Border Crossings". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  31. ^ "Why Title 42 is still necessary". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  32. ^ "Texas congressman says immigration reform should start with better work visa program". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  33. ^ "POLITICS Rep. Tony Gonzales Urges Congress to Pass Immigration Reform: 'It's the Right Thing to Do'". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  34. ^ Schnell, Mychael (July 19, 2022). "These are the 47 House Republicans who voted for a bill protecting marriage equality". The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2022.
  35. ^ "Only 1 Texas Republican voted in favor of the Respect For Marriage Act protecting same-sex marriage". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  36. ^ Dearman, Eleanor. "Congressman Will Hurd picks who he wants to replace him in 23rd District". El Paso Times. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  37. ^ "Form 1 for Tony Gonzales for Congress". docquery.fec.gov. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  38. ^ Liedl, Jonathan (November 18, 2020). "New Catholic Elected Officials Hope to Lead with Faith". National Catholic Register. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  39. ^ "Texas Election Results: 23rd Congressional District". New York Times. November 3, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2021.