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HDC Chair Chris Turner on Chair Garnet Coleman’s Retirement

TEXAS — Today, Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), who has served 30 years in the Texas House and chairs the Legislative Study Group, announced he would not be running for re-election. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response: “Chairman Garnet Coleman’s retirement is a loss for the Democratic …

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HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Rep. Guillen’s Decision to Switch Parties

TEXAS — Today, Rep. Ryan Guillen, who represents House District 31, announced he would be switching parties and running as a Republican for the 2022 elections.  House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response: “Republicans cynically gutted Rep. Guillen’s district in the redistricting process, showing complete disrespect for both him and …

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Texas House Caucus Chairs Respond to U.S. DOJ Lawsuit Against Texas GOP’s Anti-Voter SB 1

TEXAS — Today, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas and Secretary of State John Scott to challenge certain provisions of Senate Bill 1 for violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Senate Bill 1 — Texas Republicans’ anti-voter legislation — passed the Texas Legislature during the second special …

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HDC Announces Cara Santucci as New Executive Director

Austin, TEXAS — Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) announced today that Cara Santucci, current Communications and Strategy Director for the House Democratic Caucus, has been promoted to Executive Director for the organization. Santucci will be replacing longtime Executive Director Phillip Martin, who will stay on as Senior Advisor for the caucus. After serving …

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ICYMI: Texas Congressional Democrats Join State Legislative Caucus Leaders for Press Conference Urging Senate Passage of John Lewis Act

TEXAS/Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Texas Congressional Democrats joined state legislative caucus leaders for a press conference to urge the U.S. Senate to immediately pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Click here to view a recording of the event. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced his intention to bring up the …

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ADVISORY: Texas Congressional Democrats Join Texas Legislative Caucus Leaders for Virtual Press Conference Urging Senate Passage of John Lewis Act

TEXAS/Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, October 26th at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET, Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (HD 101), Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Nicole Collier (HD 95), Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía (HD 103) and Texas Legislative Study Group Chair Garnet Coleman (HD 147) will be joined by Members of …

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STATEMENT: HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Abbott’s Secretary of State Appointment

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed John Scott — an attorney involved in Donald Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania — as Texas’ Secretary of State. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response: “The governor’s choice for Secretary of State is unfortunately …

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STATEMENT: HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Passage of Legislation to Provide Direct Relief to Texas Homeowners

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Texas House passed a joint resolution to increase the homestead exemption — which is a homeowner’s exemption from ad valorem taxes for school finance purposes — from $25,000 to $40,000.  Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response: “Texas House Democrats have been …

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STATEMENT: HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Initial Passage of Texas Congressional Redistricting Map

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Texas House passed the Texas Republicans’ Congressional redistricting map to second reading by a vote of 80-62. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response. “Redistricting should be about giving Texans the fair and equal representation to which they are guaranteed under the …

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STATEMENT: HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to Initial Passage of GOP’s State House Map Proposal

(Austin, TEXAS) – Around 3:30 AM today, the House finally passed the Texas Republicans’ state House redistricting map on a vote of 83-63.  Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response: “Redistricting should be about drawing fair maps that accurately represent our state’s population, whose tremendous growth was driven almost entirely …

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