For Immediate Release
August 5, 2019
EMILY’s List Statement on Texas Republican Retirements
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recent weeks, four Texas Republican congressmen have announced their retirements: Reps. Mike Conaway (TX-11), Pete Olson (TX-22), Will Hurd (TX-23), and Kenny Marchant (TX-24). Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“The political winds are shifting in Texas, and Republican incumbents don’t like what they see. After Lizzie Fletcher flipped a long-held Republican seat and the state finally elected its first Latina congresswomen, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, in a long-overdue milestone last year, Texas Republicans have to face the fact that their party’s extremist platform is unpopular in an increasingly diverse state. EMILY’s List is working with many strong women candidates in Texas and we look forward to flipping more seats in the state next year.”
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