The Texas 29th congressional district lies just east of the city of Houston and expands to the north of the city. The area, which is 77% Hispanic, was created to ensure that Hispanic Texans had a representative in the United States Congress. However, since the establishment of the district in 1992, it has been represented by Gene Green, a non-Hispanic white man. Enter Hector Morales, a new Brand New Congress candidate challenging Green for his seat in the House of Representatives.
Morales was born in Monterrey, Mexico before immigrating to the state of Texas at age six and growing up in the 29th. During his senior year of high school, his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Though she recovered, her insurance provider terminated her coverage due to her pre-existing condition. This experience led Morales to study government policy and healthcare at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he interned with various state legislators as well as Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Morales’ political career then took him to Washington D.C., where he served with the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform. It was at this pivotal time that Morales worked on the legislation that would ultimately become the Affordable Care Act.
After completing his time in Washington, Morales came back home to his district to pursue teaching as a way to motivate and support the youth in his area. Upon returning, Morales was shocked at the state in which he found his community. To this day, 40% of the predominately Latinx population do not have a high school diploma. The average income per family of five is under $40,000 a year. 90% of students live in poverty.His community had become engulfed in air and water pollution due to nearby chemical refineries. Rep. Gene Green has received criticism for tolerating this environmental issue, especially after it came to light that he had received over 1.3 million dollars from oil, gas, and chemical companies. All of these concerns, as well as, his love for his community and country, encouraged Morales to throw his hat into the political arena.
His community had also become engulfed in air and water pollution due to nearby chemical refineries. Rep. Gene Green has received criticism for tolerating this environmental issue, especially after it came to light that he had received over 1.3 million dollars from oil, gas, and chemical companies. All of these concerns as well as his love for his community and country encouraged Morales to throw his hat into the political arena.
Morales is campaigning on the progressive populist BNC platform. His top priorities are healthcare, education, and being a voice to those in his community who have none. He is running as a “common sense” Democrat funded by small dollar donations from ordinary Americans – Americans with struggles that Morales knows all too well.Morales wants to invest in new technologies that will lead to new life-saving drugs. As well as, allow Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug costs. Furthermore, he wants to provide Medicare for all and strip insurers of the ability to place profits ahead of people.
Morales wants to invest in new technologies that will lead to new life-saving drugs and allow Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug costs. Furthermore, he wants to provide Medicare for all and strip insurers of the ability to place profits ahead of people.
From working on healthcare policy in D.C. to being an educator in the classroom, Morales recognizes the need for reform in our education system. While the United States has thousands of great schools that are providing an excellent education to their students, there are also thousands of schools that need significant help. He hopes to improve the school system in America by investing in teaching methods, teacher training, and school discipline. Morales education reform will be initially voluntary for all struggling school districts. After his reforms prove that they work, Morales plans to expand them nationwide to all school districts while providing significant funding so each school can have an equal opportunity to succeed.
Morales knows that along with education, stability is also critical to the lives of students in his majority Latinx district. Living under an administration that openly tears immigrant families apart and continuously villainizes minorities erodes the sanctuaries that are our communities. Thus, Morales is motivated to fight for immigration reform. His policy consists of providing a swift but secure pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants that currently live in our country. His immigration plan also includes securing our borders humanely but effectively. Ultimately, Morales aspires to reform the immigration system to make it much easier to navigate, creating legal access to the United States for all who desire to become citizens.
Change is Needed
With the United States more divided than ever, many Americans yearn for politicians who will truly stand for all of their constituents. They want representatives who will fight against the corporate greed that has taken hold of D.C. and not bend at the knee for the sake of campaign donations and favors. The current political discourse is no longer working for ordinary Americans. Morales and other candidates running with Brand New Congress hope to be the politicians that America needs.
Without a doubt, Morales is facing an uphill battle defeating a juggernaut like Rep. Gene Green. And he would face an even greater struggle getting his progressive policies through Congress. However, the current approval rating of our legislators is an indication that a shake-up is needed in D.C., and Hector Morales may just the person to do it.
You can find a full and detailed list of Hector Morales’ policies here.