Texas New Members 2023 | The hill

Congressman-elect Nathaniel Moran (R-Texas-1)

DATE OF BIRTH: September 1974
RESIDENCE: Tyler, Texas
PROFESSION: Smith County Judge
EDUCATION: BA, MBA, JD, Texas Tech University
FAMILY: Married, Kyna Moran; four children

• Congressman-elect Nathaniel Moran (R) will serve in Texas’ 1st congressional district after defeating Jrmar Jefferson.

Moran will replace Rep. Louie Gohmert, who ran for Attorney General but lost to incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton in the GOP primary.

Moran was raised in Whitehouse, Texas before transferring to the US Military Academy at West Point and then to Lubbock, Texas where he received a BA, MBA and JD from Texas Tech University.

After completing his studies, Moran moved back to Northeast Texas, where he founded the Nathaniel Moran Law Firm in 2016.

Moran served on the Tyler City Council for four years until 2009, representing the 5th Circuit there. He has served as a judge in Smith County since 2016 before running for congressional office.

Trump-backed Moran is a veterans and law enforcement advocate and says he plans to prioritize border and election security.

– Chloe Folmar

Rep. Elect Keith Self (R-Texas-3)

DATE OF BIRTH: March 20, 1953
RESIDENCE: Frisco, Texas
PROFESSION: Retired Collin County Judge
EDUCATION: BS, US Military Academy; MA, University of Southern California
FAMILY: Mrs. Tracy Self

• Rep. elect Keith Self (R) defeated Democratic opponent Sandeep Srivastava with 60 percent of the vote and will serve as Congressman for Texas’ 3rd Circuit north of Dallas.

Self will replace Rep. Van Taylor (R), who resigned from running for re-election after allegations of infidelity to his wife.

Self grew up in the Texas Panhandle before attending the US Military Academy and serving 24 years in the military. In 1999 he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He was elected district judge in Collin County, Texas, in 2006 and served three consecutive terms before retiring in 2018.

The former judge supports the dismantling of obstacles to innovation, which he defines as excessive regulations and taxes.

Self is also an advocate for border security and electoral integrity, and describes himself as anti-abortion. He plans to increase the Texas National Guard presence on the Texas-Mexico border and support voter ID laws during his time in Congress.

– Chloe Folmar

Congressman-elect Morgan Luttrell (R-Texas-8)

DATE OF BIRTH: November 7, 1975
RESIDENCE: Magnolia, Texas
PROFESSION: Adjunct professor, small business owner
EDUCATION: BA, Sam Houston State University; MS, University of Texas at Dallas
FAMILY: Wife, Leslie Luttrell; two children

• Rep. Morgan Luttrell (R)-elect will replace retiring Republican Rep. Kevin Brady (R) in Texas’ 8th congressional district, north of Houston, after defeating Democratic opponent Laura Jones.

Luttrell, who was raised on a horse ranch, enlisted in the US Navy after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. After completing Navy SEAL training, Luttrell became a Naval Special Warfare officer.

The veteran spent 14 years in the Navy before being medically discharged due to injuries sustained from traumatic brain injury and a broken back. Luttrell earned an MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience and created a healthcare platform for veterans recovering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

Luttrell served as a special adviser at the Department of Energy under former President Trump, where he oversaw the creation of the Office of Artificial Intelligence and Technologies.

– Chloe Folmar

Rep. Elect Monica De La Cruz (R-Texas-15)

DATE OF BIRTH: November 11, 1974
RESIDENCE: Alamo, Texas
PROFESSION: Insurance agent
EDUCATION: BBA, University of Texas at San Antonio
FAMILY: two children

• Republican Monica De La Cruz won a hard-fought open seat in Texas’ 15th congressional district, stretching from the San Antonio area down to the Rio Grande Valley, defeating Democratic nominee Michelle Vallejo.

She ran for the seat in 2020, losing by 3 points to Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who moved to the neighboring 34th district for the 2022 election.

Raised by a single mother in Brownsville, Texas, De La Cruz describes her upbringing as one built on faith.

De La Cruz is a former Democrat and told Fox News in June that she left the party because it is “far from the values ​​that are important to Hispanics.”

“Those values ​​include her faith, her family and her love for the country,” she said. “My great-grandparents and grandparents had the American Dream and that’s why they came here. And for Democrats to say that the dream no longer exists is ridiculous.”

-Emily Brooks

Rep. Elect Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas-30)

DATE OF BIRTH: March 29, 1981
PROFESSION: Lawyer, politician
EDUCATION: BA, Rhodes College; JD, University of Houston
FAMILY: single

• Democrat Jasmine Crockett will represent Texas’ 30th congressional district. She is currently a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where she has served in the 100th district since January 2021.

The daughter of a teacher and a postal worker, Crockett is the first black woman to represent that legislature.

After law school, Crockett worked as a civil rights attorney and later as a public defender for Bowie County, Texas.

She has focused her campaign on suffrage as it has become a central part of her time at Texas House. She was one of the many members of the Texas Democratic House who traveled to Washington, DC last year to lobby for a federal suffrage bill.

“Jasmine stands ready to continue our fight and usher the next generation of servant leadership into the halls of Congress and in Washington, DC,” reads her campaign website.

– Camdyn Bruce

Rep. Elect Greg Casar (D-Texas-35)

DATE OF BIRTH: May 4, 1989
RESIDENCE: Austin, Texas
PROFESSION: Politician, organizer
EDUCATION: BA, University of Virginia
FAMILY: engaged, Asha Dane’el

• Greg Casar will represent the 35th District of the Lone Star State after defeating Republican Dan McQueen.

Casar represented the 4th Circuit on the Austin City Council from 2015 to February 2022.

Casar’s advocacy began during his college days when he organized with Students and Workers United to increase the wages of university staff. After college, Casar served as policy director for the Workers Defense Project.

Casar has listed housing reform, labor rights and criminal justice reform as some of the key issues in his campaign. In 2015, Casar drafted an ordinance requiring companies to pay for sick leave, a bill that has been hailed as a major victory in progressive politics.

Casar lives in Austin with his fiancé Asha and their dog Coco.

– Ben Johansen

Congressman-elect Wesley Hunt (R-Texas-38)

DATE OF BIRTH: November 13, 1981
EDUCATION: BS, US Military Academy; MBA, MPA, MILR, Cornell University
FAMILY: Wife Emily Hunt; two children

• Congressman-elect Wesley Hunt (R) defeated Democratic opponent Duncan Klussmann to win the newly created Texas 38th District north of Houston.

Raised in Houston, Hunt attended the US Military Academy at West Point and served eight years in the Army. He was honorably discharged as captain before earning a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Public Administration, and a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Hunt supports border security efforts, including completing the wall on the Texas-Mexico border. He says he’s an advocate for law enforcement and the pro-life cause.

The veteran also says he will support stronger infrastructure to defend against natural disasters and flooding.

Hunt will be the third black Republican currently serving in the House, alongside Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.) and Burgess Owens (Utah), both of whom were reelected this year.

– Chloe Folmar