First His­panic women to Congress from Texas

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The first His­panic women from the Lone Star state to go to Congress, Democrats Veron­ica Es­co­bar and Sylvia Gar­cia, both ran on plat­forms that in­cluded im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy re­form and ex­pand­ing ac­cess to af­ford­able health care.

Es­co­bar who is re­plac­ing Beto O’Rourke in the 16th Con­gres­sional Disc­trict re­signed from her po­si­tion as El Paso County Judge to run for Congress. The 49-year-old was an ed­u­ca­tor be­fore be­gin­ning her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Gar­cia, 68, has rep­re­sented Hous­ton in the Texas Se­nate since 2013. She pre­vi­ously served as Hous­ton’s city con­troller and sat on the Har­ris County Com­mis­sion­ers Court. – News agen­cies

Veron­ica Es­co­bar and Sylvia Gar­cia

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