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Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston. Raymond Thompson: Escobar/Bob Daemmrich: Garcia

Texas Sending its First Latinas to Congress: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia

EL PASO — A pair of veteran Democratic Texas lawmakers made congressional history Tuesday night as the first-ever Latinas elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House.

Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, both defeated their Republican opponents.

Escobar will represent Texas’ Congressional District 16, the seat currently held by Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso. O’Rourke gave up the seat in his unsuccessful bid to oust U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Garcia, who has served in the state Senate for six years, will replace Gene Green, D-Houston, as the representative from Congressional District 29.

“It’s about time,” Garcia told her supporters at a victory party in Houston, citing various other elected offices she’s been the first Hispanic, first woman — or both — to hold.

“But you know, it’s never been about being a first,” she said in the speech, according to video from KHOU. “It’s always been about being the best.”

She and Escobar have made history in at least one other way: They are among the first Texas freshman women elected to a full term in Congress in more than 20 years.

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, the founder of Jolt Texas, a group that works to increase civic participation among Latinos, said that their victories reflect a “changing face of power” in the state, one of the most heavily Hispanic in the country.

“This is a win for the Latino community across Texas and especially to the millions of young Latina girls that have not been able to see anyone in Congress who looks like them or represents their background,” she said.

Additional reporting by Teo Armus.

Author: JULIÁN AGUILAR –  The Texas Tribune

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