Nov 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Texas’ 28th Congressional District remains Democratic

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar points as he speaks during a committee meeting.

Rep. Henry Cuellar. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Henry Cuellar won a 10th term on Tuesday, defeating Cassandra “Cassy” Garcia for Texas' 28th Congressional District, the Associated Press called.

Why it matters: The predominantly border region, which encompasses a swath of South Texas up to the southeastern edge of San Antonio, was a GOP target and was at risk of losing its position as a Democratic stronghold.

Between the lines: The district was considered a battleground for control of the House.

  • The GOP's investment in the area showed Republicans were encouraged by a potential shift in Hispanic voters to flip border areas.

How it happened: Cuellar is known for his conservative-leaning stances. Last fall, he was the sole Democrat to vote against a federal bill protecting abortion rights.

  • Experts believed Cuellar’s policies would help maintain his edge with rural voters.
  • Cuellar is also a well-known politician, while Garcia has never held public office.

What’s next: Cuellar is a member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. He will likely work to secure more funding for Border Patrol.

  • In September, Cuellar helped secure more than $3 million in border security funding through Operation Stonegarden.
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