Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Sen. Carlos "Charlie" Uresti District 19 (D-San Antonio)

Industry
Lawyer, Business Executive
Education
B.A., St. Mary's University; J.D., St. Mary's University
Committees
  • Transportation
  • Administration (Vice-Chair)
  • Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security (Vice-Chair)
  • Health & Human Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Senate Select Committee on Redistricting (Vice-Chair)
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Uresti is a personal injury lawyer whose practice is the Uresti Law Firm in San Antonio.

  • He is the vice president of Independence Title, also in San Antonio.

  • He is managing partner and chief executive officer at 2D Technologies, which shares the same address as his law firm.

  • He lists a source of income of more than $500 but less than $5,000 from "interest, dividends, royalties and rent" from San Antonio-based Broadway Bank.

  • He lists business ties to Physicians Insurance Group of Texas in San Antonio and Turning Point Strategies, LLC, Four Star Investments and SA Team Texas Global Inc., all with the same address as the Uresti Law Firm.

Property

  • Commerical and residential property in San Antonio valued at $384,000

  • Residential property in San Antonio valued at $268,000

Analysis

  • In 2008, the San Antonio Express-News and Texas Watchdog reported that Uresti had a close relationship with BexarMet spokesman T.J. Connolly during a time when the water utility company was in trouble. The paper reported BexarMet officials would help steer contracts to Uresti’s title company “after the senator helped the problem utility avoid additional oversight.” There were no contracts that landed at Uresti’s office, however, and an email Uresti sent indicated he did not want to work with BexarMet on any land sales.

  • According to a 2009 Texas Watchdog article, Uresti billed $15,100 for four flights from TxDOT's aviation division, which operates a fleet of state-owned aircraft for the transportation needs of state officials and employees. Uresti was one of three senators, along with Sens. John Carona and Robert Duncan, whose travel accounted for more than half of the $86,000 billed for noncommercial air travel. A spokesman for Uresti said the flights were needed because of the size of Uresti's district and the lack of commercial airline service.