Statement from Eric Holder on the Texas State House Passage of House Maps
October 13, 2021
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Washington, D.C. — Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement after the Republican-led Texas State House voted for the passage of a House map that silences the will and the voices of Texans:
“The Republican led Texas State House voted for the passage of an aggressively gerrymandered House map, further solidifying their goal to eliminate competitive seats and double down on their rigged maps from ten years ago. The map voted on today is nothing more than an anti-democracy power grab. Most strikingly, the gerrymandered map increases the number of majority white districts – despite the fact that 95% of Texas’ population growth came from communities of color.
“What we are up against is a Republican state legislature that believes politicians should decide who wins elections and who should be able to vote. In a perverse twist this legislature has decided to pick its voters and deny citizens of Texas their right to choose their representatives.
“This process is far from over. NDRC and our on the ground affiliates will continue to demand that the Texas Legislature hold additional hearings that allow public input and then put in place a new map that appropriately reflects the census data, the state’s diverse communities and the ideals of American democracy.”