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Why Are So Few Texas Women in Congress?

Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.
Of 38 members, only three women — U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Kay Granger — represent Texas in Congress.

Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

Texas Democrats Help Defeat Obama's Legacy Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. But unlike recent chapters in divided government, the people taking the knives to his agenda were members of his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.  

 

U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright of Texas
U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright of Texas

Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright Dies

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Jim Wright, a Fort Worth Democrat who spent 34 years in Congress and became the 48th speaker of the U.S. House, has died. 

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.

Paul Skeptical of Senators' Motives in Iran Deal Demand

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul on Saturday cast skepticism on the motives of senators who want a congressional review of President Barack Obama's emerging nuclear deal with Iran — a group that includes his son Rand Paul, a newly minted presidential candidate. 

 

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune event on Dec. 18, 2014.

Will Hurd Rakes in More Than $500,000 in First Quarter

Freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, raised over $500,000 in his first quarter in Congress, according to an aide. The figure comes just hours after the man Hurd ousted from office last November, Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine, announced he would challenge Hurd to a rematch. 

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Dallas Hospital Apologizes for "Mistakes" in Ebola Care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.

 

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.

Analysis: Democrats Found Candidates, if Not Voters

A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern. 

Medicare Providers Want Permanent “Doc Fix”

Advocates for Texas doctors are renewing their calls for reform of a federal Medicare formula that leaves providers threatened with steep cuts to their payments year after year. Members of Texas' congressional delegation say that this year they got closer than ever to a permanent fix. 

Cruz, Cornyn Still Prominent Critics of Health Care Law

With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.

UT/TT Poll: Legislature Stands Ahead of Congress

Texas politicians and institutions are getting much better marks from the state’s voters than the president and Congress, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Among Texas politicians, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz were viewed favorably by the highest percentages of people, but they also led in their share of unfavorable rankings.