Currently, there are 23 Republicans in the House of Representatives who hold seats in districts won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. One such district is Texas’ 23rd, which is currently held by Will Hurd. Despite being praised as a youthful up-and-coming centrist, Hurd votes in line with Donald Trump 96% of the time and has failed to establish himself as a voice of reason on the right in the age of Trump.
Democrats are already prepared to spend millions to flip this district, which is key to winning back a majority in the House of Representatives after being locked out since 2010.
There are currently four Democrats vying for Hurd’s seat. One of them is Gina Ortiz Jones, an openly gay first-generation Filipino American who served in the Air Force under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Gina also served under President Barack Obama as the Senior Advisor for Trade Enforcement and as a Director for Investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
In this episode of the podcast, Jordan Valerie speaks with Gina about her public service, how Donald Trump’s election changed the course of her life, what it’s like running for Congress as a first-generation queer woman of color, and the concerns of her majority-minority districts, which spans one-third of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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