Skip to main content

Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas

The seats in question are held by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar of Laredo and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen. A third vacant seat recently belonged to Filemon Vela of Brownsville, who stepped down to take a private sector lobbying job.

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and former U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville.
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith moderates a discussion with U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. 
Vela, D-Brownsville, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 34 since 2013. In the 114th Congress, he sat on the House Agriculture and Homeland Security committees and served as co-chairman of the Congressional Border Caucus.

34th Congressional District 

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally for then-senate candidate Beto O'Rourke at H-E-B Park in Edinburg in 2018.
Mayra Flores stands outside of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in McAllen on Oct. 16, 2021. Flores used to vote Democratically until 2010 and has been involved in politics since 2016.

15th Congressional District

Michelle Vallejo, U.S. Representative District 15 Candidate, responds to questions during a Futuro RGV candidate forum in McAllen on Jan. 11, 2022.
Ruben Ramírez, U.S. Representative District 15 Candidate, responds to questions during a Futuro RGV candidate forum in McAllen, Texas on Jan. 11, 2022.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-TX, talks with supporters at an event featuring Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at his campaign headquarters in Laredo on Feb. 22, 2020.

28th Congressional District

Jessica Cisneros talks with to her supporters at her campaign headquarters before they head out to canvass in Laredo on Feb. 19, 2022.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, campaigns on Super Tuesday in Laredo on March 3, 2020.

Republican enthusiasm 

Texans need truth. Help us report it.

Support independent Texas news

Become a member. Join today.

Donate now

Explore related story topics

Congress Politics Filemon Vela Henry Cuellar U.S. House of Representatives Vicente Gonzalez