Veteran Texas Democratic Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston/Pasadena) became the sixth member of the state’s delegation to not seek re-election next year. Yesterday, Mr. Green announced that he will retire after 13 terms in the House, originally winning election in 1992. Rep. Green has continually represented the majority Hispanic Democratic seat since that time. The 29th District, which meanders within and around Houston and then stretches to the Pasadena area, is 77% Hispanic and safely Democratic. We can expect a large number of Democrats to now come forward to join former Harris County Sheriff and ex-Houston City Councilman Adrian Garcia, who challenged Mr. Green in the 2016 Democratic primary and had already announced his candidacy for next year. The Green retirement now brings the regular cycle open seat count to 35.
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