Some forget Rick Perry’s courageous stance on Texas congressional redistricting several years ago. When the Democrats fled the state to deny a quorum, Perry kept calling one special session after another until he finally wore the Democrats down. The resulting map gave the nation Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Randy Neugebaur, Bill Flores and others (and took down Martin Frost, Chet Edwards, Nick Lampson and others). It would have been far more politically expedient to throw in the towel, but to his credit he held firm in the face of unrelenting media criticism. I will always be appreciative of the political courage he demonstrated in that episode.
If Perry had his way, those folks wouldn’t have been elected but his mission for the GOP as would be the mission for any GOP politician in any state would be to draw the congressional district lines so Republicans win the most seats.
Perry did it for the Republican Party, not the TEA PARTY.....
Some forget Rick Perrys courageous stance on Texas
congressional redistricting several years ago.
Yes it took until 2003 to get the districts set which gave the
GOP a 21 - 11 majority for the first time since reconstruction.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the final court case was settled.
You are right about the 2003 special sessions of the legislature. The Dems fled to Ardmore and Albuquerque to try to block action.