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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. House Bill Sets Up Immigration Fight

As stakeholders focus on the U.S. Senate during the debate on comprehensive immigration reform, the House has begun marking up a measure that would expand local immigration enforcement powers. Observers says it reflects just how far lawmakers in the two chambers are from passing an immigration bill for the first time since 1986.