Here are the next dates for public hearings on one of Texas’ most contentious issues: redistricting. Click below to see a clickable PDF of each date and more resources!
The Committee will meet to hear invited and public testimony from experts and members of the public on the 2021 legislative redistricting process. These hearings will focus on the Houston Area, but the committee will hear testimony about any region of the State.
TESTIFY IN PERSON
If you can be in Austin to testify, see info HERE about in-person witness registration.
If you cannot attend the hearing in person, you may request to be invited to provide testimony virtually. Fill out a request (24 hours before the hearing time!) HERE.
Here’s a suggestion of what you can write or say. It would be best to personalize this script, so please treat this as a basis and edit as you wish.
The goal of redistricting should be to accomplish what the Bill of Rights guarantees: equal justice under the law. Texas is an enormous state with a wide variety of people, cultures, and needs.
Gerrymandering is a political process that draws district maps to substantially tilt the balance of voting power to favor one party, ethnic group or race. Gerrymandered districts do not respect the needs of voters, just politicians, richest campaign contributors, and powerful corporate interests. Spanning great spaces of rural real estate to connect two pieces of urban areas or carving slices of urban and rural communities to create districts harms communities. Urban, rural, poor and wealthy, white and non-white, apartments and single family areas often do not share the same needs. Transportation, health infrastructure, judicial, environmental, and enfranchisement constituents deserve caring representation.
Gerrymandering results in voter suppression and disenfranchisement and underrepresentation of constituents. No groups have been harmed more by map manipulation and voter suppression than Black, Latino, disadvantaged, and disability communities. Their voices have been minimized in the ballot box and in Congress. This is blatantly unfair.
The only way to achieve equal justice is to, as much as possible, create politically neutral districts that reflect the needs of protected communities so they have the representation they deserve.
SUBMIT COMMENTS ONLINE
Texas residents can submit comments online up until the hearing is adjourned. Go HERE.
Fill in your contact information, then select which hearing and option you want to comment on. See above for a suggestion of what to include in your comments.
CONTACT HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
You can contact a member of the House Redistricting Committee directly to make your comment (see contact info below; note that addresses are not mailing addresses).
Capitol (512) 463-0746 District (214) 943-6081
District Addr. 1111 West Mockingbird Lane Ste. 1010
Dallas, TX 75247
Capitol (512) 463-0456 District (361) 572-0196
District Addr. 1908 N. Laurent, Suite 500
Victoria, Texas 77901
Capitol (512) 463-0608 District (817) 920-5912
District Addr. 4521 South Hulen Street, Ste. 208
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Capitol (512) 463-0536 District (830) 257-0432
District Addr. 507 Earl Garrett Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
Southern District Office
100 N. FM 3167, Ste. 212
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Northern District Office:
1411 Bensdale Rd, Room 108
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(830) 569-4222 x1216
Eastern District Office:
700 FM 3168
Raymondville, TX 78580
Capitol (512) 463-0664 District (214) 371-3300
District Addr. 3155 S. Lancaster Rd. Ste. 220
Dallas, Texas 75216
Capitol (512) 463-0672 District (361) 949-4603
District Addr. 15217 S.P.I.D., Ste. 205
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Capitol (512) 463-0528 District (281) 492-0684
District Addr. 1550 Foxlake Drive, Ste. 120,
Houston, TX 77084
Capitol (512) 463-0710 District (281) 240-0342
District Addr. 1 Fluor Daniel Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77478
|Senfronia Thompson |
Capitol (512) 463-0720 District (713) 633-3390
District Addr. 10527 Homestead Road
Houston, TX 77016
Capitol (512) 463-0546 District (432) 332-0937
District Addr. 119 W 4th
Odessa, TX 79761
Capitol (512) 463-0574 District (817)459-2800
District Addr. 320 Westway Place, Ste. 501
Arlington, TX 76018
Capitol (512) 463-0634 District (210) 673-3600
Capitol 512-463-0490 District (409) 283-3700
District Addr. 205 N. Charlton Street
Woodville, Texas 75979
Capitol (512) 463-0728 District (915)751.2700
District Addr. 7365 Remcon Circle C-301
El Paso, Tx 79912
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
Regardless of if you can be in Austin or you submit comments online, elected representatives also need to hear from you. You can call, email, or especially visit a member’s local district office. By visiting local district offices, those members are directly impacted by their constituents visits.
See above for a suggestion of what to say or write. Remember to always provide your name and zip code when calling or sending email.
WATCH THE HEARINGS
A live video broadcast of the hearings will be available HERE.