This is related to the Constitutional Requirement for each state to redraw / re-apportion their US House Districts every 10 years with respect to the latest census. This year, Texas will receive four (4) additional seats and this forces a redraw of many districts. Due to this effort being delayed until the very end of the legislative session, options will be limited, and the map must apparently be drawn up in the TX Senate and approved by the TX House. According to the urgent e-mail from Phil Kink below, they are trying to remove us from our current US House District with Kay Granger and actually split our District. The proposed map would move the southern half of Parker County into a very gerrymandered district all the way down to Austin (very Liberal), and the northern half of Parker county will go into a gerrymandered district all the way up to Amarillo (Moderate). The effect of this action will be to dilute our effective voice in the US House as a conservative County, which is probably intentional.
I urge every one of you to call Senator Craig Estes (TX Senate District 30) who represents our County in the TX Senate and is also serving on the Senate Select Committee for Redistricting. They need to know that we want all of Parker county included in a single US House District with like minded conservative voters. We are strongly opposed to any gerrymandered district that spreads our influence across a large geographical region and makes it very difficult to elect a Republican US House Rep.
Senator Estes can be reached in his Austin Senate Office at 512-463-0130, and I encourage all of you to call immediately today. Note that they will probably tell you that all possible maps are just rumors. However, we know that both Phil King and Kay Granger have both confirmed that this is more than just a rumor and that in reality, due to the late nature of this activity, these are the types of ‘rumors’ that become the final version with no time or mechanism to make a change before it is too late. We want Senator Estes to stand up for Parker County and ENSURE that we get proper representation in the US House.
Sample Calling Script:
Hi, My name is _________, and I am a resident of Parker County in Senator Estes’ Senate District. I am calling about the proposed redistricting map for the US House that splits Parker County into two separate US House Districts with North Parker County going up to Amarillo and South Parker County going all the way to Liberal Austin. Please make Senator Estes aware that his Parker County constituents want to be included together as a complete county in a geographically contiguous district that makes electing a Conservative Republican a good possibility.
Darrel and LeAnn Russell
…. from Phil King:
No need to get viral calls or emails to Senator Estes on this. He is working to protect Parker County. We just need to be careful that Parker is in a strong position in whatever congressional district we land in. The problem map drawers have is that everything west of FW is short of population. We appear to be surviving TX House and TX Senate redistricting well. Now we have to work on congressional. Please forward this to anyone you may have sent the prior email to. State Representative Phil King