Politics

Texas Senate Opens Redistricting Debate With Proposed Map One Senator Labels ‘Intentional Discrimination’

The first draft of the Senate map was authored by a Republican who chairs the Senate redistricting committee. It immediately drew fire from a Democratic member who said her district was being redrawn to dilute voting power of people of color.

The Senate Floor on Jan. 13, 2020.
The first proposed new map of the Texas Senate.
Texas’ current Senate District 10, left, and District 10 in Huffman's proposal.

Powell's district is currently contained in Tarrant County, which voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, but the new version of District 10 reaches into more conservative Parker and Johnson counties.

"The release of the proposed map is only the beginning of the fight. I'm proud to be the candidate of choice of minority citizens in Senate District 10 and will do everything within my power to stop this direct, discriminatory, and illegal attack on their voting rights," Powell said.

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