Politics

Texas Will Gain 2 Seats In Congress As Residents Of Color Drive Population Gains

Texas will have 38 congressional seats as a result of the latest U.S. census. The state’s political heft has been growing steadily for decades, gaining at least two seats after every census since 1980.

The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol building, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington.

Texas ultimately fell short of the three congressional seats it was projected to gain based on population estimates. Census Bureau officials on Monday indicated the state’s 2020 population count was slightly lower — a difference of about 1% — than the estimates.

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