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Henry Bonilla (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 1/2/1954 (San Antonio, TX)
Race: White
Hispanic: Yes
Religion: Baptist
Residence: San Antonio, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from University of Texas, Austin, TX
Occupation: Broadcast Executive
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 23 

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Henry Bonilla was born in San Antonio, where he currently lives. He grew up in a low-income Hispanic neighborhood and graduated from South San Antonio High School.

Bonilla attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism in 1976. He worked as a television reporter in San Antonio and later became a producer for WABC in New York.

Bonilla was an assistant news director in Philadelphia before returning to KENS-TV in San Antonio in 1986 to serve as executive producer for news.

In 1989, he became executive producer for public affairs at KENS.

Bonilla was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992.

In 2001, he considered running for the Senate seat vacated by Phil Gramm, but ran into some opposition within his party and ultimately decided to remain in the House.

He divorced anchorwoman Deborah Knapp Bonilla, a television anchorwoman in 2003. They have two children, Alicia and Austin.

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Henry Bonilla was elected to the U.S. House in 1992 with 61 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Albert Bustamante.

He was re-elected in 1994 with 62 percent, defeating Democrat Rolando Rios. In 1996, he was re-elected with 62 percent, defeating Democrat Charles Jones.

Bonilla was re-elected in 1998, defeating Jones with 64 percent of the vote.

In 2000, he was re-elected with 59 percent of the vote, defeating Isidro Garza Jr.

He was re-elected in 2002 with 52 percent of the vote.

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