Caroline Harris won Tuesday’s election to the 52nd district of the Texas House of Representatives by 12 points, defeating Democrat Luis Echegaray. This victory makes Caroline Harris the youngest Republican woman to ever serve at the Texas House. she is 29
The 52nd District, previously represented by another young member, Democrat James Talarico, was reorganized into a friendlier Republican district in 2020. Talarico chose the bluer 50th district, opening the seat to a new incumbent.
Harris primarily ran a campaign focused on property taxes, border security, the pro-life movement, and property taxes. Her opponent, Echegaray, championed immigration reform, gun control, the pro-choice movement, and improving infrastructure.
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When asked about her victory, Harris told Fox News Digital, “We won a victory through hard work and sheer determination, effective messaging and a grassroots army of volunteers who were energetic and excited to convert that seat from Democrat to Republican. “
Early in the race, Harris received some high-profile endorsements including Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action and Gov. Gregg Abbott releasing a statement endorsing her: “Caroline Harris is a lifelong Conservative. Her experience working for conservative priorities with the Legislature will provide her constituents with a proven campaigner with strong pro-life and Second Amendment credentials. I call on everyone at House District 52 to support Caroline Harris.”
In addition to those endorsements, Harris received support from a nonprofit organization called Run Gen-Z, which works to “prepare Gen Z leaders to take action, take responsibility, and take control of the future by empowering the vision the founder of this organization supports country and support of conservative political values such as limited government, free market capitalism, individual responsibility and fiscal restraint.”
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“It’s important that my generation sit at the table when it comes to making the policy decisions that will shape the future of our state and our nation,” Harris told Fox News Digital. “The Democratic Party has claimed to be the voice of young women for too long. I look forward to offering a strong dissenting voice on behalf of conservative women of all ages. I want to show young women how to protect and defend these principles, and we as Americans value public policy so much.”
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Before running for office, Harris was political director for State Senator Bryan Hughes and was responsible for some of Texas’ more ambitious pre-race legislation, such as the Heartbeat Bill and anti-CRT legislation. When asked about her new legislative priorities, Harris told Fox News Digital, “My top priorities as a state representative are lowering property taxes, securing our border and fighting Biden’s radical policies that lower the cost of gas and food for everyone.” American has raised .”
While Harris is the youngest Republican woman elected to the State House, Homer Hendricks (D) was the youngest man to win a Texas House seat. He was elected in 1921 at the age of 20.