North Texas will get a congressional delegation overhaul after the 2023 midterm elections

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, is retiring after decades in office and Republican provocateur Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler is making the exits after his campaign for attorney general fell short in the primary.

A lurid sex scandal prompted Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, to resign in the middle of his re-election bid.

Their places will be taken by a trio of members, bringing new blood to the North Texas congressional body. Orientation for new members continues this week.

The biggest move could be from Johnson, 86, to State Rep. Jasmine Crockett, 41.

Crockett is one of two new Democrats joining the Texas delegation, along with former Austin City Council member Greg Casar.

Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, said the Texas Democratic Party has moved in a more progressive direction.

“These new members are a kind of trailblazer,” Jillson said.

At the same time, a handful of new Republican members are also joining the delegation, including Rep. Monica De La Cruz, who turned a blue district red in South Texas.

Here’s a look at the new members from North Texas:

Keith self

The former Collin County judge will take over from Taylor in the 3rd congressional district.

Even before the ISIS Bride sex scandal broke, Taylor had attracted key challengers allied with former President Donald Trump.

The incumbent Republican angered Trump supporters by backing a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Self received support from the political arm of the House Freedom Caucus, a group that includes some of the most conservative members and is now pushing for concessions from potential House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Self doubted joining the House Freedom Caucus and supporting McCarthy. He said he’s still studying the many caucuses available and wasn’t sure who else might be in the running for the speaker’s gavel.

But he expressed support for changing some of the house rules and abandoning the practice of proxy voting.

“You can’t vote on Mediterranean bills,” Self said.

The House of Representatives introduced proxy voting early in the COVID-19 pandemic to try to prevent the spread of the virus. But many Republicans have said the time for such action is past, and members are using proxy voting even when their absence is unrelated to the pandemic.

Fighting rampant inflation and national debt, as well as security on the southern border, are high on Self’s agenda. The next Congress is likely to see partisan showdowns over both government spending and raising the debt ceiling.

Self downplayed the prospects that Republicans would use the debt ceiling as leverage, as it would risk chaos in bond markets and widespread economic disaster.

“US Treasuries are the backbone of international finance, so…I’m not going to vote to trigger a global depression,” Self said. “However, the expense accounts are where you need to do it.”

He did not elaborate on specific spending cuts and said he wanted to ensure solid support for the country’s military amid saber-rattling and unrest in China in many parts of the world.

Self expressed reservations about more US aid to Ukraine, but didn’t go as far as others, who have vowed not to send another penny.

“We have to be very sensible with our support,” said Self. “I don’t think we have to shoulder all the burden.”

He plans to seek a seat on the House Administration Committee, where he said he will oppose Democratic proposals to “federalize” elections.

Self also noted the importance of improving roads and bridges and said he hopes to serve on the transport and infrastructure committee.

Jasmine Crockett

The 30th congressional district will see a significant shift from Johnson to Crockett.

Crockett described himself as ideologically to the left of Johnson, but also dismissed proposals to join what is often referred to as the “Squad,” a group of high-profile progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

The 30th district is among the most democratic in Texas, but Crockett said that doesn’t make it the most liberal.

“People imagine because my district is deep blue that it’s on the far left. And deep blue doesn’t mean far left,” she said. “My district is blue, but it is black. Black people are pretty conservative about a lot of things.”

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She is also aspiring to a seat on the Judiciary Committee, given her legal background and campaigning for the right to vote. But she also cited her work as a state representative on the Economic and Industrial Committee, saying that improving the economy will reduce crime rates and improving schools will nurture young people.

She plans to run for a coveted seat on the Financial Services Committee to push for affordable housing, fair banking practices and access to resources for minority small businesses.

Crockett said she disagrees with Republicans’ arguments that current inflation is primarily the result of government spending, and she opposed the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes, which she says ignore the root causes of what’s happening.

The current inflation is a global phenomenon, growing out of the pandemic and supply chain issues, she said. She also suggested that companies may be going too far in trying to offset losses from the pandemic.

But she also said she was not planning any crusades against companies.

“I don’t have the idea that I want every company to go under because I think — where are my people going to work?” she said.

She said she will look for solutions and that governing is about no side being completely happy.

“I’m confident that everyone who comes in really wants to do what we were elected to do, which is govern instead of playing tribune or looking for likes on Twitter,” she said.

Nathanael Moran

In his 17 years in office, Gohmert made a name for himself as one of the most vocal and controversial members of the Texas delegation. He gave up his seat in an unsuccessful campaign to become Texas Attorney General.

In contrast, Nathaniel Moran presents himself as a more traditional conservative hoping to change the tone in Washington.

“I intend to be a thoughtful statesman who finds a marriage between a principled conservative and a pragmatic politician, one who never strays from my principles but works hard to find long-term strategic solutions to the very real problems facing this country .” Moran said.

Prior to his bid for Congress, Moran served on Tyler City Council for four years and served as a Smith County judge since 2016.

“If we can take the values ​​of liberty and fiscal responsibility that are inherent and ingrained in East Texas values ​​and proclaim them nationally, then our country will be in a much better shape and headed in a much better direction.” ‘ Moran said.

In the month leading up to the general election, Moran received confirmation from former President Donald Trump.

Moran would like to serve on the Ways and Means Committee to reduce taxes and spending. He hopes Congress will return to “thinking long-term and strategically” and acting together against foreign threats.

He said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Chinese encroachment are among the top threats facing the United States. He backed the initial bipartisan aid to Ukraine and said Congress should continue to oppose Russia.

“If we don’t react properly towards Russia, we will have a bigger problem with China. And then that’s going to cause us bigger problems around the world,” Moran said.

Moran said it was important to “address” the border security issue and called it a national state of emergency. He celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June and said he was a strong supporter of any legislation that “protects the lives of the unborn.”

He said the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol was a “political witch hunt” and that he believes there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election. But he also said Congress should go ahead and focus on making sure future elections are safe.

During his campaign, Moran promoted his work as a district judge to invest in new voting machines and voter data verification.

Moran said he believes he can use his local governance experience to be a productive lawmaker, building consensus with those across the aisle while maintaining conservative values.

He added it was important to change the tone of talks in Congress and treat enemies with “dignity and respect.”

“People are not the enemy. Bad ideas and the erosion of our constitutional principles are the enemy,” Moran said.

However, he said he is not afraid to take strong positions and go against the crowd.

“I may be the only one out of 435 votes who disagrees with the other 434 and I’m fine with that,” Moran said.