Review: Diversity in Texas Legislature not reflecting state

1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 April 20, 2019 7:53 AM April 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A review finds that while a record-setting number of Hispanics are seated in the Texas Legislature, the racial breakdown of the Legislature does not accurately reflect the diversity of the state's general population.

An Austin American-Statesman analysis of the Legislature's demographics shows that in 1991, Latinos made up 14% of lawmakers and slightly more than a quarter of the state's population.

The newspaper reports that by 2017, Latinos represented around a quarter of the Texas Legislature, but nearly 40% of the state's population.

The newest representative, Democrat Ray Lopez of San Antonio, won a special election last month and was sworn in as the 38th Hispanic lawmaker in the Texas House.

Experts say reasons for the inadequate representation include gerrymandering and cynicism with the political process.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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