Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. René Oliveira District 37 (D-Brownsville)

Industry
Lawyer
Education
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Texas at Austin
Committees
  • Business & Industry (Chair)
  • State Affairs
  • Redistricting
  • Redistricting (Procedural) Committee
  • House Select Committee on Redistricting
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Oliveira is a partner with the Roerig, Oliveira and Fisher law firm in Brownsville. His areas of practice include insurance defense, personal injury law, products liability, toxic torts, construction litigation, family law, criminal law and premises liability.

  • He has shares in Servicio Atlas de Altamira and Altamira Development, which he describes as "dormant companies" set up long ago to develop property in the Port of Altamira near Tampico, Mexico.

  • He lists income from interest, dividends, royalties and rent from Allstate Life Insurance and Protective Life Insurance, as well as from Sunset Condominiums (Rentals) based on South Padre Island and the American Bar Association Retirement Plan.

  • Besides an interest in his law firm, he also lists business interests in Yale Ten Properties, which he says is an office building for his law firm in McAllen, and in his firm's Brownsville office.

Property

  • Residential property in Brownsville valued at $233,442

  • Residential property on South Padre Island valued at $388,612; Oliveira owns a half-interest in the property, which is in the name of Jeffery Roerig.

Analysis

  • In 2008, Oliveira was fined $3,000 by the Texas Ethics Commission. The commission found that when he accepted political contributions above $500 during the mid-2000s, he failed to include the contributor's job title and/or occupation, as well as the full name of the contributor's employer. Oliveira, who corrected the reports, told the commission this was unintentional.

  • Oliveira receives significant campaign funding from the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee, and he also has numerous donors from the energy field. He sometimes files bills related to those areas, particularly real estate, and in his role as chairman of the Land & Resource Management Committee, he could play a key part in legislation that is of interest to energy companies, such as eminent domain.