Texas lawmakers are looking to carve out two new congressional districts in the Austin and Houston areas, according to a redistribution map proposal released Monday.
The map, which was proposed by State Senator Joan Huffman (R), would effectively lock in the Republicans’ long-standing advantage in Texas for another decade, reducing the number of competitive districts in favor of a strategy of protection in place.
Twenty-three of Texas’ 36 congressional districts are currently represented by Republicans, the remainder by Democrats. According to the proposed map, the GOP would be able to expand its advantage, creating 25 districts where voters broke for the former President TrumpDonald Trump Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification US, China relax restrictions on journalists Americans keep spending MORE and 13 who voted for President BidenJoe Biden Idaho State House Passes Vaccinated Workers’ Compensation Bill Biden Sends 2016 Climate Treaty To Senate For Ratification Rubio Vows To Slow Down Candidates For Biden Ambassador To China And Spain MORE.
Texas gained two new districts in the 2020 census, with metropolitan areas such as those around Austin and Houston responsible for much of the state’s population growth.
While the proposed card seeks to protect many cardholders from competitive re-election nominations, it could create headaches for some members.
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The proposed card would also place representative Vicente Gonzalez (D), who was narrowly re-elected last year, in a more competitive district. Meanwhile, other incumbents such as Representative Henry Cuellar (D) would represent safer districts than their current ones.
Republicans have long held the reins of power in Texas. But Democrats have challenged the GOP more aggressively in recent years, motivated by a series of close races and the suburbs’ shift towards their party.
If approved, however, the proposed map would help protect cardholders on both sides of the aisle, reducing the number of competitive districts in play.
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This will mark the first round of redistribution in Texas since the 2013 Supreme Court decision removing the requirement that certain states obtain federal approval when they change election laws or the maps of Congress.