Congressman Lloyd Doggett responds to federal panel ruling on districts

Late Friday, a federal court panel ruled that several Texas congressional districts violated either the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.

Among the congressional districts that were ruled illegal were District 23 and District 35, both including parts of San Antonio represented by Will Hurd and Lloyd Doggett, respectively.

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Congressman Doggett's office responded to the federal panel's ruling in a release to KENS 5, which reads:

“Congratulations to LULAC for its leadership. The Court has repudiated the Republican refusal to treat Hispanics fairly in accordance with the Voting Rights Act. It requires the creation of genuine Hispanic-influence districts, not crooked lines that are only designed to increase Republican domination. Everyone loses when Republican gerrymandering makes elected officials less accessible and less accountable. With existing district lines remaining in place until the end of 2018, I will continue "living" on IH 35, determined to serve effectively all of my constituents from South San Antonio to North Austin. I will continue the resistance to Trump. Whatever the courts ultimately rule, in November, I will file for reelection.”

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