Three Texans join freshman class in Congress

January 5, 2015
In The News
Houston Chronicle - By Kevin Diaz

The 114th Congress that gets underway Tuesday will include 61 new House members, including three Republicans from Texas.

The new Texas faces include San Antonio's Will Hurd, an ex-CIA officer and the first black Republican in Congress from Texas, former Woodville mayor Brian Babin, a dentist and long-time tea party organizer, and ex-U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, the former mayor of Heath, outside Dallas.

The 37-year-old Hurd had by far the hardest path to Congress, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego in the heavily Hispanic 23rd District, which covers more than half of the Texas border with Mexico. Hurd will remain on the political bubble in the coming weeks as the enlarged GOP House majority aggressively challenges President Obama's immigration policies.