The initial House redistricting plan released today by Chairman Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, was not the freshman slaughter that it might have been but it does target a Democrat who is annoying to the GOP leadership.
Pairings in the plan include:
Veteran Dan Flynn of Van against freshman Erwin Cain of Como, both Republicans
Veterans Alan Ritter of Nederland and Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton of Mauriceville, both Republicans
Freshmen Jim Landtroop of Plainview and Charles Perry of Lubbock, both Republicans
Veterans Warren Chisum of Pampa and Rick Hardcastle of Vernon, both Republicans. Chisum has indicated he will run for Railroad Commission.
Veteran Joe Driver of Garland and freshman Cindy Burkett of Mesquite
Veteran Linda Harper-Brown of Irving and freshman Rodney Anderson of Grand Prairie
Veterans Scott Hochberg and Hubert Vo, both Houston Democrats. Hochberg, one of the members most knowledgeable about public school finance, frequently is a thorn in the side of House Republicans.
Freshmen Raul Torres and Connie Scott, both Corpus Christi Republicans.
Flynn, Cain, Landtroop, Perry and Burkett were among the 15 House members who voted against Speaker Joe Straus' re-election in January.
The map serves as a starting point in the House debate on its own redistricting, but some of the details have been floating around for several weeks.
"As a member, I know this is a very personal process, and I appreciate the patience and understanding that I have received from my colleagues," Solomons said in a statement. "The map we are proposing is a fair and legal map that represents the people of Texas and our growth over the last 10 years. And I believe the members understand this growth resulted in some difficult decisions for me personally."
To view the map, go here. Pick CSHB 150 Plan H 113.
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