The Dallas Morning News

Most Texans not holding town halls

- JamieÿLove­grove

WASHINGTON — As members of Congress continue to face pressure from constituen­ts in the early months of 2017, the vast majority of Texas representa­tives will not have held a town hall this year by the end of the April congressio­nal recess.

Several Texans are using the time off in April to host town halls with constituen­ts.

Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who already held two town halls in rural areas of his district in March, will hold three more during the congressio­nal recess closer to major population centers in Corsicana, Mansfield and Waxahachie.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, is barnstormi­ng his sprawling West Texas district with stops over the next two weeks in Mason, Eden, Eastland, Dublin, Brownwood and Llano.

Taking a break from his nascent 2018 Senate campaign, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke will hold another town hall in his hometown of El Paso on Thursday.

Several more members from Texas held town halls during the last recess. But 25 of the 36 members of the state congressio­nal delegation are set to end the April recess without having held any town halls yet in 2017 — 19 Republican­s and six Democrats.

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