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U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.

Democrats Push for Gun Control in Gun-Friendly Texas

Looking to capitalize on the news Democrats made in Washington last week with a daylong sit-in on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett returned to his gun-friendly state on Wednesday trying to drum up enthusiasm for gun control.

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.

Democrats Bring U.S. House to Halt Over Gun Legislation

Nearly every Texas Democrat in the U.S. House contributed in their own way Wednesday to an effort that ground the chamber to a halt with the aim of forcing a vote on gun control legislation.

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.

Why Are So Few Texas Women 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.