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Beth Van Duyne could be the GOP’s antidote to high-profile progressives when she joins Congress

The former Housing and Urban Development official will be part of the largest group of House Republican women ever elected to Congress in the same year. Van Duyne’s supporters expect she’ll bring her brand of outspoken conservative fire with her to the Capitol.

Ben Wear, transportation reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, moderated the “Tyranny of the Commute” panel featuring John-Michael V. Cortez, Beth Van Duyne, Celia Israel and Philip Kingston at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23, 2017.

Political roots

“I think one of her biggest strengths as mayor was that she had a backbone — which is very rare to see in a city official.”

— Former state Rep. Matt Rinaldi

A federal appointment

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C.

“She never gave in”

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