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Texas Senate & House Maps Present Serious Concern for Texas Minority Communities


The maps presented to the Texas House and Senate pose serious concern for minority communities in Texas for the next 10 years. As each decade’s U.S. Census count requires a redrawing of both House & Senate state maps, Texas is currently undergoing the effort which will make legislative districts more reflective of their population growth over the past 10 years.

With the high degree of minority population growth recently in Texas, minority communities deserve more elected official representation.

When debate commenced on the House floor recently for consideration on the Texas House of Representatives map, the Black Caucus presented alternative plans which amplified the voice of African Americans statewide as well as the Hispanic community. The TLBC maps were reflective of the necessary hard work and attention to the needs of minority communities which is required since any Texas maps must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice due to historical discrimination in our State. The TLBC believes the map passed by the Texas House is a significant step backwards for minorities in this State, and which is why the TLBC map provides a much better alternative which does not dilute African American communities and also keeps together communities of interest.

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TLBC Members Take Key Committee Positions

As the current 82nd Session begins to heat up in earnest, Texas Legislative Black Caucus members hold key committee assignments with the ability to influence key decisions on legislative matters.

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TLBC Reaches Out to New Members

Legislative Black Caucus welcomes 2 Republicans

By R.G. RATCLIFFE
AUSTIN BUREAU

Dec. 25, 2010, 9:24AM

AUSTIN — When Lubbock’s Ron Givens entered the Texas House in 1985 as the first black Republican to serve there since R.J. Moore, of Houston, almost 100 years earlier, the reception he received was less than enthusiastic.

The Legislative Black Caucus, founded by liberal Democrats, did not want him as a member. Nor did the Republican caucus, which at the time had only about 40 members, all white.

“No one wanted me to succeed because they didn’t want what I represented,” Givens recalled recently. “Everyone was trying to exterminate me.”

Givens served two terms before returning to Lubbock and his real estate business. In the next 22 years, no other black Republican was elected to the Legislature.

That changed in November. Come January, newly elected black Republicans Stefani Carter, of Dallas, and James White, of Hillister near Lufkin, will be among 101 party members in the Texas House. Hispanic Republicans also gained five seats where they had had none.

This time around, Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, was quick to ask the new members to join.

“We are not the Democratic caucus. We are not the Republican caucus. We are the Legislative Black Caucus,” Turner said.

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