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Texas Democrats have worked for months to prove that their home "is the biggest battleground state" in But as their party's national convention kicks off Monday, some in the state say they're frustrated that they aren't getting the representation they deserve.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the convention is happening mostly virtually and has been pared down to eight hours of prime-time programming spread across four nights. Still, some of the state's top Democrats have raised concerns — or have been openly critical — about the lack of a high-profile speaking slot devoted solely to a Texan.

"I think it's completely unfortunate and misguided," said state Rep. Julie Johnson of Carrollton. "The fact that they have neglected Texas in terms of the speaker lineup for the DNC is Exhibit A of their lack of commitment to electoral politics in Texas, which is very frustrating for those of us down-ballot in Texas.

"I feel like we're on the cusp of real opportunity to secure Democratic gains in our state, and it would be really great if the DNC would step up and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to Democratic success in Texas politics."

MORE | Amid Strong Polling, Biden Aims To Flip Texas In November

Johnson and other state Democratic officials said they would have liked to see a prime-time speech by either Beto O'Rourke or Julián Castro, two of the state's best-known Democrats. Instead, the two are expected to be featured in a panel with other former presidential candidates.

To be sure, there will be Texans featured in prime time. Organizers announced Sunday that U.S. Rep. Colin Allred and state Rep. Victoria Neave, both of Dallas, would be among 17 "rising stars" in the party who will jointly deliver the keynote address Tuesday night. (It was previously reported that Neave would have a role in the convention, though it was unclear what exactly it would be.)

In any case, the Sunday announcement came after state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa had spent recent days lobbying organizers to give Texans more prominence in the event. He called the inclusion of Allred and Neave a "step in the right direction" but was not fully satisfied.

"We are proud to have Allred and Neave as keynote speakers in this convention," Hinojosa said in a statement. "Still, there are several more speaking slots that should have been awarded to our remarkable list of Texas leaders."

When organizers unveiled an initial prime-time speaker lineup last week that did not feature any Texans, Hinojosa made his displeasure known, telling KXAN that "somebody messed up &#; and they need to fix it." He was not alone in throwing an elbow at the national party as it became clear no Texans would get a big speaking opportunity.

"Does the DNC and the national Democratic Party get how important Texas is?" O'Rourke said in a Dallas TV interview that aired Sunday, responding to a question about the lineup. "The short answer is no. They're not going to ride to our rescue, there's no cavalry coming to help us at the end of the day. Texans have to win Texas, but that's the way it's always been, and I&#;m great with that."

In a statement for this story, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Tim Carroll, said the committee "is excited to have a dynamic lineup of Texans who will help unite America behind Vice President Joe Biden's vision for the country."

While Allred and Neave will speak in prime time, a few other Texans are expected to make brief appearances throughout the convention. There is the panel with Castro and O'Rourke, but also a second video from U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville, and U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso is expected to announce Texas' delegates for Biden.

Organizers revealed Monday morning that Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will be among five participants in a conversation that night with Biden about racial justice.

Not every Texas Democratic official is frustrated with the lineup.

"As far as I know, there's quite a few Texans participating because you've got me, Julian, Beto, Victoria Neave and Escobar," Vela said. "Can you imagine if they lined everybody up to speak for five minutes for six hours over three days? It would be boring as hell."

Still, supporters of O'Rourke and Castro see a meaningful difference between relegating them to a panel with former rivals and giving them a solo speaking slot before the widest audience possible, especially when some of the other ex-candidates are receiving the latter. On social media, each Texan's fans have taken to using the hashtags #LetJuliánSpeak and #LetBetoSpeak.

As for Castro, he and his fans have focused on Latino representation in the lineup. The prime-time programing features solo speeches by at least three Latinas: U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico.

In an MSNBC interview over the weekend, Castro said he sympathized with organizers who had to figure out a slimmed-down program due to the pandemic. But he said he would "be lying to you if I said that I am not disappointed that there aren't more Latinos and Latinas generally speaking on that program, and that there's not a Native American, not a Muslim American."

"You think about the beautiful coalition that has become the Democratic Party over the last few years — I'm not sure right now it's fully represented on that stage," said Castro, who saw firsthand how helpful a prime-time solo speech could be when he delivered the keynote address one night at the convention.

Texas Democrats will nonetheless get to hear from big names like Castro and O'Rourke during delegation programming hosted by the state party. Castro and O'Rourke, for example, will join Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and MJ Hegar, Texas' U.S. Senate nominee, for a panel Thursday evening before the final night of the convention, when Biden speaks.

In at least one case, Republicans have been happy to stoke the drama surrounding Texans and the lineup. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chairs President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in Texas, mischievously coopted the #LetBetoSpeak hashtag on Saturday.

"Totally agree the @DNC should #LetBetoSpeak. His ‘Hell yes,' promise to take away our guns will help us run up the score for @realDonaldTrump in Texas!" Patrick tweeted, referring to O'Rourke's advocacy for a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons in his campaign.

To be clear, the convention is not always about elevating speakers from battleground states as much as they are about other aims, such as rewarding loyal supporters or showcasing the past and future leaders of the party. This year's lineup does show some overtures to states that Democrats want to win, though — both Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin have prime-time solo speeches, for example.

The convention featured solo speeches by at least three Texans: U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, as well as Lupe Valdez, then the Dallas County sheriff.

In spotlighting Allred and Neave, the convention is boosting two key endorsers for Biden ahead of the Texas primary, which he won as part of a Super Tuesday rout that set him on path to the nomination. Neave was the first state representative to endorse Biden in September , while Allred quickly threw his support to Biden in January after the candidate Allred previously backed, Castro, ended his campaign. Days after endorsing Biden, Allred went to Iowa to campaign for him along with two other members of Congress who flipped their seats in

It was unclear if Allred or Neave would use their speaking opportunities to tout Texas' battleground potential. In a tweet Sunday, Allred hewed closely to the advertised theme of the person keynote — the next generation of Democratic leadership — saying, "Young people have always been at the forefront of progress in this country, especially in the last four years, and we will be key in healing the soul of the nation this November."

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The Democratic Party of Texas is the Texas political party affiliate of the national Democratic Party. The group is headquartered in Austin, Texas.


The Democratic Party rose to prominence in Texas when Democratic candidates won a majority of seats in the Texas Legislature in Democrats dominated politics in the state until the late 20th century. Prominent Democrats from the state in the early 20th century included former Vice President John Nance Garner and former President Lyndon Johnson.

The election of RepublicanGovernor William Clements in marked the beginning of an ideological shift that eventually resulted in Republican political dominance in Texas. A split between conservative and moderate supporters of the state Democratic Party allowed Clements, a drilling company owner, to defeat former State Supreme Court Chief Justice John Luke Hill. This split mirrored a similar divide in the Democratic Party nationwide, which encouraged conservatives to move to the Republican Party. Between Clements's election and , Mark White () and Ann Richards () were the only Democratic governors of the state.[1] As of June , Democrats were the minority party in the state legislature, did not hold any statewide elected offices, and occupied 11 of the state's 36 congressional seats. The Republican Party gained a state government trifecta in [2][3][4]


The party's platform is composed of 17 main issues:[5]

  • Democracy
    "Texas Democrats believe that a healthy democracy is based on free, fair, and transparent elections; that our constitutional right to vote should be protected at all costs by elected officials who exhibit ethical public service."
  • Education
    "Texas Democrats believe a world class education system is a moral imperative and an economic necessity. Every child should be provided the opportunity to succeed - not just a select few."
  • Jobs and the economy
    "Hardworking Texans have the right to good jobs to support their families and invest in their future. Texas Democrats understand we must have an economy that works for all, not just the wealthy."
  • Healthcare
    "Texas Democrats continue to believe healthcare is a fundamental human right for all Texans and not a privilege reserved for those able to afford it."
  • Energy and the environment
    "Texas Democrats recognize that climate change is a real and serious threat that is causing drought, crop failure, heat waves, more torrential storms, and extreme climate events."
  • Criminal justice
    "Texas has more people in prison and a higher incarceration rate than any other state. Texas also has more private prisons than any other state. The inadequacies of our criminal justice system disproportionately impact people of color and the poor."
  • Fiscal responsibility
    "Texas Democrats believe responsible, accountable and progressive state budget policy is necessary to restore trust between taxpayers and elected officials in Austin. Earning that trust requires leaders who will talk straight about the challenges facing Texans today and in the future—unlike Republican politicians who have created short-term and long-term budget problems and then have blocked solutions."
  • Immigration
    "Texas Democrats recognize that the United States is a vibrant nation of immigrants. We value those who come from different countries and cultures."
  • Family security
    "Texas Democrats support initiatives to ensure the security of our families. Every parent should be able to provide housing, nutrition, clothing and health care for his or her family."
  • Rural Texas and agriculture
    "Texas Democrats understand the obstacles faced in rural Texas, and we are committed to providing our rural communities with the tools necessary to maintain their quality of life and create enhanced opportunities for future generations of rural Texans."
  • Women's rights
    "The Texas Democratic Party stands for the complete inclusion of Texas women in our state’s affairs and respect the preservation of their autonomy and their rights."
  • LGBTQ rights
    "Texas Democrats take pride in and support the continued progress of the LGBTQ movement. Since Lawrence v. Texas, our country has continued to take steps towards achieving full equality for LGBTQ citizens."
  • Disability rights
    "The Texas Democratic Party believes in the right of every Texan to lead a productive life, enjoy liberty, and to pursue happiness."
  • Veterans' affairs
    "Texas Democrats believe that our veterans should be awarded all the benefits they have been promised, honored for their service, and accepted back into society with open arms."
  • Transportation
    "Like most Texans, Democrats support an increase in transportation funding to alleviate our congestion and safety crisis."
  • Religious freedom
    "Texas Democrats believe that religious freedom is a fundamental right for all Americans as provided by the Texas and U.S. Constitutions."
  • Foreign policy
    "Texas Democrats believe peace, prosperity, and national security are assured by maintaining a strong national defense, promoting democracy, and advancing development abroad."

Rules and bylaws

See also:Rules of the Texas Democratic Party

The state party is governed by a set of rules and bylaws. Typically, these give structure to the different levels of organization—local, county, and state committees—and establish protocol for electing committee members. The bylaws also typically give details on the party's process for nominating and sending delegates to the national party convention during presidential elections. The following is a summary of the Texas Democratic Party's rules. This summary focuses on the structure and governance of the party:[6]

  • The State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) is in charge of party activities in the state and implements the policies of the state convention.
  • The SDEC is made up of two individuals from each state senatorial district as well as representatives from specified auxiliary and affiliated groups.
  • Each county in the state must have one county executive committee. These committees meet three times per year.


The state convention for the Texas Democratic Party, when the party selected its delegates for the Democratic National Convention, took place on June 18,

National convention delegate allocation,

See also: presidential nominations: calendar and delegate rules
Hover over the terms below to display definitions.

Ballot access lawsBallot access laws regulate the methods by which candidates and political parties can have their names printed on election ballots. Ballot access laws are typically adopted, administered and enforced at the state level.
Primary electionA primary election is a state-administered election in which voters select their preferred candidates by casting secret ballots.[7][8][9]
CaucusA caucus is a party-administered meeting. At a caucus, participants may debate about the candidates; in addition, the voting process itself may not be conducted in secret. Instead, caucus-goers may vote by raising hands or gathering in groups organized by preferred candidate.[7][8][9]
DelegateDelegates "are individuals chosen to represent their states at their party conventions prior to a presidential election."[10]
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A political party formally nominates its presidential candidate at a national nominating convention. At this convention, state delegatesAccording to the Council on Foreign Relations, delegates "are individuals chosen to represent their states at their party conventions prior to a presidential election."[10] select the party's nominee. Prior to the nominating convention, the states conduct presidential preference primaries or caucuses. Generally speaking, only state-recognized parties—such as the Democratic Party and the Republican Party—conduct primaries and caucuses. These elections measure voter preference for the various candidates and help determine which delegates will be sent to the national nominating convention.[7][8][9]

The Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, the governing bodies of the nation's two major parties, establish their own guidelines for the presidential nomination process. State-level affiliates of the parties also have some say in determining rules and provisions in their own states. Individuals interested in learning more about the nomination process should contact the political parties themselves for full details.

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Texas had delegates at the Democratic National Convention. Of this total, were pledged delegates. National party rules stipulated how Democratic delegates in all states were allocated. Pledged delegates were allocated to a candidate in proportion to the votes he or she received in a state's primary or caucus. A candidate was eligible to receive a share of the state's pledged delegates if he or she won at least 15 percent of the votes cast in the primary or caucus. There were three types of pledged Democratic delegates: congressional district delegates, at-large delegates, and party leaders and elected officials (PLEOs). Congressional district delegates were allocated proportionally based on the primary or caucus results in a given district. At-large and PLEO delegates were allocated proportionally based on statewide primary results.[11][12]

Twenty-nine party leaders and elected officials served as unpledged delegates. These delegates were not required to adhere to the results of a state's primary or caucus.[11][13]


As of July , the executive directors of the Texas Democratic Party were Jamarr Brown and Hannah Roe Beck.[14]

The website for the Texas Democratic Party listed the following individuals as the party's state leadership as of July [15]

  • Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman
  • Carla Brailey, Vice chair
  • Chris Hollins, Vice chair for finance
  • Mike Floyd, Treasurer
  • Lee Forbes, Secretary
  • Donna Beth McCormick, Sergeant-at-arms
  • Marty Golando, Parliamentarian

State political party revenue

See also: State political party revenue and State political party revenue per capita

The Democratic Party and the Republican Party maintain state affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and select U.S. territories. The following maps display total state political party revenue per capita for the Democratic and Republican state party affiliates from to The blue map displays Democratic state parties and the red map displays Republican state parties. Click on a state below to view the state party's revenue per capita totals:

Total Democratic and Republican state political party revenue per capita in the United States,

Recent news

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External links

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  2. ↑"Texas Secretary of State, "Statewide elected officials," accessed October 2,
  3. Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States, "Texas political parties," accessed October 2,
  4. GovTrack.us, "Texas," accessed January 25,
  5. Texas Democrats, " Texas Democratic Party Platform," accessed June 15,
  6. Texas Democrats, "The rules of the Texas Democratic Party," October 2,
  7. Vote Smart, "Government United States Presidential Primary," accessed August 15,
  8. The Washington Post, "Everything you need to know about how the presidential primary works," May 12,
  9. FactCheck.org, "Caucus vs. Primary," April 8,
  10. Council on Foreign Relations, "The Role of Delegates in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process," June 10,
  11. Democratic National Committee, " Democratic National Convention Delegate/Alternate Allocation," updated February 19,
  12. The Green Papers, " Democratic Convention," accessed May 7,
  13. Democratic National Committee's Office of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection, "Unpledged Delegates -- By State," May 27,
  14. Texas Democrats, "Texas Democratic Party Announces New Leadership Model, Names New Co-Executive Directors Jamarr Brown and Hannah Roe Beck," June 28,
  15. Texas Democrats, "Party Officers," accessed July 29,
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The Democrats Are Downsizing Their Convention to Almost Nothing

An event that was once expected to draw 50, people to Milwaukee may now involve just , with plans still far from settled a month before the convention.

When Democrats awarded their convention to Milwaukee, plans called for a crowd of more than 50, delegates, journalists, party officials and V.I.P.s. But as the coronavirus spread this spring and the convention was pushed back to August, the number dwindled.

First to 5, attendees. Then, a mere 1,

Now, one month before the party is set to gather at a convention site smaller than the one originally selected, officials are expecting the quadrennial event to include as few as people — a number that includes not only attendees but members of the news media, security personnel, medical consultants and party workers.

Every aspect of the four-day Democratic National Convention, scheduled to begin Aug. 17, has been scaled back from the ambitions set when Milwaukee was named the host city in March A program of five to six hours of daily speeches, engineered to entertain delegates in the arena and draw heavy television coverage and headlines for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his vice-presidential nominee, will be cut down closer to three hours each night. Much of the program is likely to be pretaped videos, according to people familiar with the planning.

On Thursday evening, convention planners sent an email directing all members of Congress and delegates to stay away from the convention, announcing that all party business meetings would be conducted virtually.

None of the Democratic presidential candidates who appeared on a primary debate stage this year have plans to travel to Milwaukee, according to aides, nor do former President Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton, though all said they would do whatever the campaign and party requested.

As of this week, only Mr. Biden and Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, are committed to come to Milwaukee, although party officials said the program was still being written. They’ve even given the event a new slogan to reflect the change: “Convention Across America.”

The event is “anchored” in Milwaukee but much remains uncertain, convention aides said, depending on the spread of the virus and the advice of public health officials. What is clear is that the convention is unlikely to resemble any in political history.

The image of Mr. Biden’s primary rivals standing behind him may take place in Zoom boxes on a screen, if it happens at all. The classic photo of the nominee, the running mate and their spouses embracing is certain to be forbidden by social distancing requirements, while schmoozing delegates who would have packed the raucous convention floor will instead be spread out across the country, watching video streams.

Any buddy comedy-like banter between former President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden, beloved by Democratic voters, will have to take place at a six-foot distance — or through the magic of television.

“Obviously this isn’t what we anticipated,” said Alex Lasry, who led Milwaukee’s convention bid in and whose family controls the downtown arena where the event was to take place. “On the bright side, we’ll have hosted the most unique and consequential convention in history.”

The best-case scenario, Democrats familiar with convention planning say now, is a polished program that’s a mix of live speeches, pretaped videos and small events held at satellite locations in battleground states and at landmarks across the country. Several officials mentioned this year’s National Football League draft, in which coaches, college stars and the league commissioner appeared live from their homes, as a model.

“We’re hoping for small things like, can we get the delegate credentials sent to us so people can have them as souvenirs,” said Jane Kleeb, the Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman. “Can we get some of those signs so delegates can wave them at home?”

Democratic officials cautioned that virtually all aspects of the convention remained in flux. Convention planners are consulting regularly with public health officials in Milwaukee and with two epidemiologists brought on staff last month. Stephanie Cutter, a veteran of the , and Democratic campaigns, is tasked with writing the program of speakers but is still weeks away from finalizing the schedule.

“I will appear if summoned,” said Stacey Abrams, the party star who narrowly lost the race for Georgia governor.

But Democrats familiar with convention planning say there is a serious likelihood that other high-wattage speakers — a group likely to include Mr. Obama and Michelle Obama, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont — will address delegates and the nation from satellite locations.

The limited nature of the program will eliminate some of the spontaneous moments that make conventions compelling political events with appearances that can make or break a candidacy — and a political career.

“There’s not going to be the balloons and all the yelling and cheering that goes on at a convention,” said Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who oversaw the party’s and conventions.

Fewer speaking slots means fewer opportunities for up-and-coming politicians to get a breakout moment, as Mr. Obama did with his keynote speech in Boston. Socially distanced addresses make it harder to telegraph scenes of party unity. And television producers won’t have the usual scenes of local party chairs announcing their votes or delegates wearing state-appropriate clothing.

“Obviously when we are together in one space and physically together, it is empowering,” said Senator Kamala Harris of California, a top contender for the vice-presidential spot on Mr. Biden’s ticket, who attended her first Democratic convention in “But we’re going to have to find other ways to collectively empower and remind each other that we’re in it together.”

Ms. Harris, like other former presidential candidates contacted for this article, said she planned to do whatever the campaign asked, including appearing in person if needed.

“Not planning to go and to my knowledge no one’s been in touch with us about participating remotely or in person,” former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas wrote in an email.

Unique on the general election calendar, conventions are the only time when a party can choreograph a multiday event with broad viewership and expect a week of all-but-one-sided media coverage to follow. With the virus spreading, it’s unclear how the event will resonate with voters, even as viewership could be higher with people stuck in quarantine at home.

The typical goals of a national convention — fund-raising and motivating the party faithful — have been met long ago by antipathy toward President Trump. Mr. Biden’s standing has only increased as he has campaigned largely from his Delaware home, leading Democratic officials to wonder whether it’s not a bad thing for the convention to be less noticed than usual.

For committed Democratic volunteers, a ticket to the convention is both a reward and promissory note for continued engagement in the kind of grass-roots organizing that powers campaigns. Without that, the event becomes entirely for television, but lacking the drama that can make conventions compelling to watch.

“I don’t think you’ll see four days of continuous coverage,” said Jay Jacobs, the New York Democratic Party chairman. “I expect that everybody and their mother who likes to speak will not have the opportunity to get the coverage that they wanted.”

Democrats said the contrast between Mr. Trump’s event and their more modest — and in their view more responsible — showing will be energizing for their supporters and persuasive for undecided voters worried about their futures and the rapid spread of the deadly virus.

Their decision comes as Mr. Trump has made clear he wants the Republican convention to go on. Party officials moved it to Jacksonville, Fla., from Charlotte, N.C., because North Carolina state officials said they would have to abide by social distancing rules. Many top Republicans are skipping the event, flouting Mr. Trump’s desire for an elaborate gathering attended by large crowds.

On Thursday, the Republican National Committee announced new details about the convention, confirming a New York Times report this week that the party was planning to shift some events outdoors.

“What you will see is thousands of unmasked people gathered together to hear a speech versus the Democratic side where you have much smaller numbers taking all the precautions,” said Leah Daughtry, who headed up the Democratic conventions in and “Which side do you think better represents you and is concerned about your health?”

Democrats long ago began scaling back their plans, eventually moving the convention across downtown Milwaukee from Fiserv Forum, the city’s professional basketball arena, to the Wisconsin Center, a modest convention center that typically hosts events like the city’s car show. The last national political event to take place there was the Green Party convention.

Last week, the convention committee informed delegates that they would be issued ballots via email. Voting will take place over a two-week period in early August.

The City of Milwaukee has for now limited public gatherings to people in one place. An ordinance requiring the wearing of masks in indoor and outdoor public places went into effect Thursday.

The extraordinary nature of the public health crisis combined with Mr. Biden’s widening lead over Mr. Trump in the polls has led top Democratic officials — usually a skittish bunch still stung by the election — to exude some confidence in their smaller convention.

State parties are trying to find ways to energize their volunteers and reward delegates, with plans in the works for drive-in events and outdoor parties with the convention feed projected onto large screens. Delegations are working together to replace the usual state party breakfasts with regional Zoom events that can draw higher-wattage speakers than small states would have been able to attract on their own.

“I think everybody is very cognizant that there are more important things to worry about than the nature of the convention,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the Texas Democratic Party chairman. “We know who our nominee is and we recognize that it is too dangerous to get together. We’re not going to risk anybody’s life for a rah-rah convention that can be conducted virtually.”

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Texas Democratic Party

Texas affiliate of the Democratic Party

Political party

The Texas Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Texas and one of the two major political parties in the state. The party's headquarters are in Austin, Texas.[1]

President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Texas Democrat. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Texas Democrats have prioritized advocating Medicaid expansion in the state, a policy that would provide a federally subsidized healthcare plan to approximately one million Texans. Another priority for Texas Democrats is increasing the minimum wage.[2][3]


Prior to the Annexation of Texas, the Democratic Party had a foothold in the politics of the region. A powerful group of men that called themselves the "Texas Association" served as an early prototype for the Democratic Party of Texas. The Texas Association drew its membership from successful merchants, doctors, and lawyers, often traveling from Tennessee. Many members of the Texas Association were close friends of Andrew Jackson, and most had strong ties to the Democratic Party. Similarly, most of the other settlers in Texas were from states in the South, and white American southerners of this era generally held strong allegiances to the Democratic Party.[4]

In , the 29th United States Congress approved the Texas Constitution and President James K. Polk signed the act admitting Texas as a state on December In , the party convention system was adopted, and it quickly became the primary method of selecting candidates for the Texas Democratic Party. In the period prior to the Civil War, national politics influenced the state party's perspective. Texas Democrats began to discard Jacksonian nationalism in favor of the states' rights agenda of the Deep South. A conflict emerged within the Party between a minority of pro-Union Democrats and a majority of secessionists. During the war, supporters of the Union disappeared from the political scene or moved north. Those who stayed politically active supported the Confederacy. During Reconstruction, the rift between Unionist and Secessionist Democrats remained. For a short period immediately after the war, the Texas Democratic Party was a formidable political force, but they quickly split apart because their positions on freedmen varied greatly; some supported basic civil rights, while most opposed anything more than emancipation. As a result, Republicans captured both the governor's office and the Texas Legislature in , but Republican political dominance in the post-Civil War era was short-lived. By , the Texas Democrats had consolidated their party and taken over the Texas legislature.[5] For the remainder of the 19th century and well into the 20th, Democrats dominated Texas politics and Republicans were minor political players.

In the presidential election of , anti-Catholicism in Texas and across the country swung the Lone Star State away from Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith, the first time it ever voted against a Democrat in a presidential election. However, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that the Democrats began to face a growing challenge from the Republican Party in earnest. The s was a decade of factionalism and infighting for the Texas Democratic Party, mainly between liberal and conservative Democrats, and the Republicans managed to carry Texas for native Dwight D. Eisenhower in and Cohesion returned to the party in the s, and the Democratic ticket carried Texas in the presidential election with prominent Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson running for Vice President. In , John B. Connally, a moderate Democrat, was elected Governor of Texas. The next year, the assassination of PresidentJohn F. Kennedy on a trip to Dallas created further impetus to bridge the gap between liberal and moderate Texas Democrats; Party unity was solidified with Johnson's ensuing Presidency and the drubbing of Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. In , Johnson carried his home state with ease, but liberal forces in Texas were in decline. In the presidential election, Democrat Hubert Humphrey barely managed to win Texas.

In , Jimmy Carter became the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas, and the tide was clearly turning when Democrats lost the gubernatorial election of Bill Clements was the first Republican governor since Reconstruction. By the s Republicans had gained a strong foothold in the state, and throughout the 21st century they have been largely victorious. Currently, both houses of the Texas Legislature feature Republican majorities.[6]

In , Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke lost his Senate bid to the incumbent Republican Ted Cruz by about , votes, a significant gain for Democrats in the state. O'Rourke's performance in the Senate race has shaken the notion of Republican dominance in Texas, with analysts predicting greater gains for the Democrats going into the s.[7]

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Texas Democrats have prioritized advocating Medicaid expansion in the state, a policy that would provide a federally subsidized healthcare plan to approximately one million Texans.[8][9] Another priority for Texas Democrats in the s and s has been increasing the minimum wage.[3][2]


The Texas Democratic Party is the primary organization responsible for increasing the representation of its ideological base in state, district, county, and city government. Its permanent staff provides training and resources for Democratic candidates within the state, particularly on grassroots organization and fundraising.[10] The Party organization monitors political discourse in the state and speaks on behalf of its members. The party employs a full-time Communications Director who is responsible for the organization's communications strategy, which includes speaking with established state and national media. Press releases regarding current issues are often released through the by permanent staff.[11] The party also maintains a website with updates and policy briefs on issues pertinent to its ideological base. Its online presence also includes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, each of which has thousands of followers and is used to update followers on the most recent events affecting the party. The Party also oversees several e-mail and text messaging groups that send periodic updates to millions of followers.[6]

A major function of the Texas Democratic Party is to raise funds to maintain the electoral infrastructure within its organization. Funds are used to provide for a permanent staff, publish communication and election material, provide training to candidates, and to pay for legal services.

The organization hosts biennial conventions that take place at precinct, county, and state level. The purpose of the precinct convention is to choose delegates to the county convention, and the delegates who gather at the county conventions are mainly concerned with selecting delegates to the state convention. The purpose of the state convention is to appoint the state executive committee, adopt a party platform, and officially certify the party's candidates to be listed on the general election ballot. The State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) includes one Committeeman and one Committeewoman from each of the 31 districts, plus a chairman and a vice-chairman. The SDEC members are elected by the convention's delegates.[6] In presidential election years, the state convention also chooses delegates to go to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates also elect a state party chair. At the Texas Democratic Party Convention in Houston, delegates elected Gilberto Hinojosa as the new chair of the state party. Hinojosa is a former school board trustee, district judge, and county judge from Cameron County.[12] Hinojosa replaced retiring chair Boyd Richie, who had been chair since April 22,

The State Democratic Executive Committee adopted the Delegate Selection Plan for submission to the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Texas sends the second largest delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Texas’ delegation is persons, delegates and 19 alternates. The delegates selected are in three categories: District-Level delegates selected by attendees at the state convention by senate district caucuses of the supporters of each candidate who wins delegates. A candidate must have won at least 15% of the vote in the senate district to win district delegates. While looking at the statewide votes, the Texas Democratic Party also examines how each candidate performed in each of the 31 state senate districts. The same rule applies that a candidate must have won at least 15% of the vote in the senate district to win district delegates.[13]

Current elected officials[edit]

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The Texas Democratic Party holds 13 of the state's 36 U.S. House seats, 12 of the state's 31 Texas Senate seats, and 64 of the state's Texas House of Representatives seats.

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Both of Texas's U.S. Senate seats have been held by Republicans since Bob Krueger was the last Democrat to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in January by then Governor Ann Richards to fill the vacancy left by Lloyd Bentsen after Bentsen’s appointment as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Krueger lost his bid for a full term to Republican challenger Kay Bailey Hutchison. Lloyd Bentsen was also the last Democrat to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate in and the last Democrat to represent Texas for a full term in the U.S. Senate from to

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 36 seats Texas is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 13 are held by Democrats:[14][15]

Statewide offices[edit]

Texas has not elected any Democratic candidates to statewide office since , when Bob Bullock, Dan Morales, John Sharp, and Garry Mauro were re-elected as lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, and land commissioner, respectively. In , Bullock and Morales both opted to retire instead of seeking third terms while Mauro and Sharp unsuccessfully ran for governor and lieutenant governor, losing to Republican challengers George W. Bush and Rick Perry.

Legislative leadership[edit]

Party officers[edit]

During the Texas Democratic Convention, Gilberto Hinojosa was re-elected as Chairman by an overwhelming margin. Joining Hinojosa in leadership were newly elected Vice-Chair Carla Brailey, Treasurer Mike Floyd, and Vice Chair of Finance Chris Hollins. Brailey, Floyd, and Hollins were elected by voice vote in margins similar to Hinojosa. Secretary Lee Forbes was re-elected in an uncontested race.

  • Chairman: Gilberto Hinojosa
  • Vice Chair: Dr. Carla Brailey
  • Treasurer: Mike Floyd[16]
  • Vice Chair of Finance: Chris Hollins
  • Secretary: Lee Forbes
  • Sergeant at Arms: Donna Beth McCormick
  • Parliamentarian: Rick Cofer
  • Parliamentarian: Ross Peavey
  • Parliamentarian: Marty Galindo

Texas Senate[edit]

The following Democrats represent their districts in the Texas Senate:[17][18]

  • Carol Alvarado, District 6
  • Beverly Powell, District 10
  • Borris Miles, District 13
  • Kirk Watson, District 14
  • John Whitmire, District 15
  • Nathan Johnson, District 16
  • Roland Gutierrez, District 19
  • Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, District 20
  • Judith Zaffirini, District 21
  • Royce West, District 23
  • Jose Menendez, District 26
  • Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27
  • José R. Rodríguez, District 29

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

The following Democrats represent their districts in the Texas House of Representatives:[19]

  • Joe Deshotel , District 22
  • Ron Reynolds (politician), District 27
  • Ryan Guillen, District 31
  • Abel Herrero, District 34
  • Oscar Longoria, District 35
  • Sergio Muñoz (politician), District 36
  • Alex Dominguez, District 37
  • Eddie Lucio III, District 38
  • Armando Martinez (Texas politician), District 39
  • Terry Canales, District 40
  • Robert Guerra (politician), District 41
  • Richard Raymond (Texas politician), District 42
  • Erin Zwiener, District 45
  • Sheryl Cole, District 46
  • Vikki Goodwin, District 47
  • Donna Howard, District 48
  • Gina Hinojosa, District 49
  • Celia Israel, District 50
  • Eddie Rodriguez (politician), District 51
  • James Talarico, District 52
  • Michelle Beckley, District 65
  • Poncho Nevárez, District 74
  • Mary Gonzalez, District 75
  • Cesar Blanco, District 76
  • Lina ortega, District 77
  • Joe Moody (politician), District 78
  • Tracy King, District 80
  • Ramon Romero Jr., District 90
  • Nicole Collier, District 95
  • Eric Johnson, District
  • Chris Turner (politician), District
  • Ana-Maria Ramos, District
  • Rafael Anchia, District
  • Jessica Gonzalez, District
  • Terry Meza, District
  • Victoria Neave, District
  • Carl Sherman (Texas politician), District
  • Toni Rose (politician), District
  • Yvonne Davis, District
  • Rhetta Bowers, District
  • John Turner (Texas politician), District
  • Julie Johnson (politician), District
  • Trey Martinez Fischer, District
  • Philip Cortez, District
  • Leo Pacheco, District
  • Roland Gutierrez (politician), District
  • Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, District
  • Diego Bernal, District
  • Ina Minjarez, District
  • Alma Allen (politician), District
  • Ann Johnson (politician), District
  • Jon E. Rosenthal, District
  • John Bucy III, District
  • Gene Wu, District
  • Jarvis Johnson, District
  • Armando Walle, District
  • Senfronia Thompson, District
  • Harold Dutton Jr., District
  • Ana Hernandez, District
  • Mary Ann Perez, District
  • Shawn Thierry, District
  • Garnet F. Coleman, District
  • Jessica Farrar, District
  • Hubert Vo, District

State Board of Education[edit]

The following members of the State Board of Education are Democrats; they help oversee the Texas Education Agency:[20]

  • Georgina Perez, District 1
  • Ruben Cortez Jr., District 2
  • Marisa Perez, District 3
  • Lawrence A. Allen, Jr., District 4
  • Rebecca Bell-Metereau, District 5
  • Aicha Davis, District 13


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Let's elect more Texas Democrats

Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us today, Andre! You’re a State Democratic Executive Committee Member from Senate District You’ve worked on numerous progressive campaigns and have attended a few state conventions in your time. What inspired you to get involved with politics and the Texas Democratic Convention?

Andre Treiber: Like many people (especially young folks!), I was inspired by then-candidate Senator Barack Obama to get involved and do something to make our world a better place. I was a student in the public school system where I saw and lived overcrowded classrooms and insufficient textbooks, and since then, getting education right has always been the issue that keeps me motivated. When I came to UT Austin and joined the University Democrats, Glen Maxey convinced a bunch of us students to step up our organizing game an dive into the Democratic Conventions &#; so we did just that!

You’re part of the next generation that is bringing change to Texas. How do you think we can best take back our state?

Andre Treiber: I believe that there is a blue wave that will lead to us to retaking Congress, the White House, and even the Texas Capitol. But that wave isn&#;t going to exist if we don&#;t make a splash. I believe in the very brass tacks of making phone calls, knocking on doors, and registering voters. And I think the upcoming state convention is an opportunity for us all to focus on the general election ahead of us, organize with our regional neighbors, and get trained up to flip districts across the state.

You mentioned the convention and we both know there’s a lot that goes on &#; why do you encourage all Democrats to attend?

Andre Treiber: It&#;s going to be difficult for me to not nerd out too hard here, but I think there is something at the convention for every kind of democrat. If you want to be involved with the shaping of our platform and party officers, we do that there. If you want to meet the people that are going to be the next governor, attorney general, or senator from Texas, you can do that there. If you want to get trained on the cutting edge of precinct organizing from the best in the state &#; yes, you can do that too. But whatever you want to do and engage in, the fact is we come out of conventions a stronger and more organized party, ready to take on the Republicans in the fall.

This convention will be our biggest one yet! We’re fired up and ready to win in November. What’s the most memorable moment from your very first convention?

Andre Treiber: My first convention was in , where a bunch of University Democrats made a concerted effort to go and get elected National Delegates to represent Texas on the national stage &#; and we did just that! It was a great feeling being a young first timer with only a few years of enforcement in the Democratic Party having that early activism reaffirmed and being told by that party: we value your voice.

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What You Need To Know

  • Democrat Mike Collier, as expected, announced his candidacy for Texas lieutenant governor on Oct. 4

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  • The primary is slated for March 1,

In a video announcing his candidacy, Collier, a Houston-area accountant, said “Folks, our fundamental rights are hanging by a thread, & we need leaders who will do right, & risk consequences for Texas.”

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Collier, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, has worked for Exxon and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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