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September 10, 2019      9:51 PM

Texas House officially kicks off redistricting work for the 2021 session

the state had grown 14 percent over the past decade, leading all states’ growth. Ultimately, Texas House members should be representing an average of 197,000 people

Chairman Phil King, R-Weatherford, kicked off the first 28 interim hearings for the Texas House Redistricting Committee this afternoon in Austin, noting that interim hearings were intended to get ahead of the data that won’t arrive in the state until late February or early March.

King and the committee were joined by a slew of Central Texas Democrats – plus Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso -- on the dais. It remains to be seen whether that turnout from Democrats – plus 65 Austin-area speakers – is a foreshadowing of what may be ahead as Texas both adds three Congressional seats and heads toward majority-Hispanic status.

By Kimberly Reeves

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