A Familiar Name Surfaces in San Antonio Politics

John Bustamante, San Antonio Democrat
John Bustamante, San Antonio Democrat

John Bustamante, a San Antonio patent lawyer who is the son of former U.S. Rep. Albert Bustamante, D-San Antonio, will run for Congress next year. He's seeking the Democratic nomination for the CD-23 seat now held by first-term U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio.

That could be a busy primary. Former U.S. Rep Ciro Rodriguez, the Democrat who lost the seat to Canseco last November, is nosing around. Others could get in, too; state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is among those who've been mentioned as possible candidates, and he says he's considering it. The district is geographically huge, stretching from San Antonio west to El Paso County.

Bustamante comes in with a known political name, but that could work against him as well as for him. His father was a Bexar County commissioner and county judge who served in Congress from 1985-93. His political career ended when he was convicted of accepting bribes and was sent to prison for more than three years.

The younger Bustamante went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then to law school at the University of Texas.

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