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Texas HDC Chair Chris Turner’s Statement on Speaker’s Race

(TEXAS) – Today, Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) announced he had the support necessary to become the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the upcoming legislative session.

Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response:

“Now that we know that Rep. Dade Phelan will serve as our next Speaker, it’s time for all representatives to focus on the issues we face together as a state – especially the challenges we face as a result of the still-spreading COVID-19 pandemic and the related revenue shortfall. We look forward to working with Rep. Phelan cooperatively and effectively to pass policies that will build a better future for all Texans.

“In the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature, the 67 Members of the House Democratic Caucus will continue fighting for the issues we have always
championed — increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage, funding our public schools, enacting common-sense criminal justice reform and safeguarding voting rights.”


The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

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