Tribpedia: Demographics

Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.
Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.

Houston House Race a Test Case of Identity Politics

Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th congressional district has never been represented by a Hispanic. The upcoming primary face-off between incumbent Gene Green and Adrian Garcia will test the influence of identity politics in Texas Democratic races.

State senators take the oath of office on the first day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015.
State senators take the oath of office on the first day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015.

Women Still Underrepresented in Legislative Races

It remains a daunting political reality in Texas: Women are underrepresented in the halls of power, and it appears the 2016 elections will do little to change that. The greatest possible number of women lawmakers in 2016 races — assuming every incumbent, challenger and long shot wins — would be 54 House members and 10 senators.

A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.
A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.

Syrians Small Fraction of Refugees Reaching Texas

Despite increased scrutiny of Syrian refugees, relatively few come to Texas. Federal resettlement numbers show the state's refugee population is mostly from Myanmar — which the U.S. State Department still classifies as Burma — and Iraq, with most living in the state’s major metropolitan areas.

A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.

Judge: No Hearing This Week in Syrian Refugee Case

A federal judge in Dallas said Monday it will be several weeks before he takes up a case in which Texas is suing the federal government and a refugee nonprofit over Syrian refugees, according to a lawyer connected to the suit. That is despite the state's request for a hearing before Wednesday.

A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.

Refugee Nonprofits: Texas Response is What ISIS Would Want

A day after about half of the country’s governors promised to block Syrian refugees from resettling in their states, religious and nonprofit leaders warned that those actions could have a dramatic impact on refugee resettlement. Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that Texas would not allow Syrian refugees to be resettled here.

Video: You're Welcome, America: Texas in 2050

Here's full video of the "You're Welcome, America: Texas in 2050" session from the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival. The session was presented by Steve Murdock, a former state demographer and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.

Texas Could See Increase in Syrian Refugees

As part of the massive exodus of refugees from the Middle East, Texas could soon become home to hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing their country. The United States has announced it will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.

Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas
Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas

Troopers Ticketing Fewer Overall, but More Hispanics

State troopers are writing far fewer traffic tickets now than five years ago, but an increasing share of them are being issued to Hispanic drivers, a Tribune analysis of state data shows. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it can't explain why that's happening. 

Downtown El Paso at night.
Downtown El Paso at night.

Demand for Bilingual 911 Services Growing

While Texas continues its demographic march into diversity, only one city — El Paso — requires its 911 emergency call takers to be fluent in English and Spanish. Other cities are striving to keep up with the need to handle emergency calls in Spanish and a wide range of other languages.

Clockwise from upper left: Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, state Rep. Sylvester Turner, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, interim San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
Clockwise from upper left: Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, state Rep. Sylvester Turner, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, interim San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor

In Urban Mayors Races, Minorities at the Forefront

As Texas' major cities continue their decades-long evolution to minority-majority populations, tracking minority and female ascension to mayoral firsts has almost reached the complexity of a political trivia game.

Gun rights supporters participate in an open carry march during South by Southwest led by the Austin chapter of Come and Take It on March 12, 2014.
Gun rights supporters participate in an open carry march during South by Southwest led by the Austin chapter of Come and Take It on March 12, 2014.

GOP Gun Measures Could Backfire With Minorities

Republican lawmakers backing open carry and guns on campus are heading in the wrong direction for many black and Hispanic Texans who would prefer stricter gun laws, polling shows. It's another disconnect with minorities the GOP might regret.

B'nai Abraham synagogue in Brenham, Texas.
B'nai Abraham synagogue in Brenham, Texas.

Brenham Synagogue Moving to Austin, and a New Life

In Leon Toubin's dreams, Jewish life would again be vibrant in Brenham, where he and his wife, Mimi, care for the B'nai Abraham synagogue where generations of his family worshipped. But Jews are not moving to Brenham, so Toubin has arranged to move Texas' oldest orthodox synagogue 90 miles west to Austin.