Texas Republicans are expected to ram through a redistricting map that could eliminate the district of one of state's remaining white Democrats, and he says it is all part of the GOP plan.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D), who represents
, would see his liberal-leaning constituency sliced into five other districts under the redistricting proposal making its way through the special session of the State Legislature. Doggett says the intention of the GOP majority in the Legislature was to ensure that "no Anglo Democrats are coming from Austin ." Texas
"That's just part of the plan," the nine-term Democrat said of the map drawn for the state's new 36-seat delegation.
picked up four seats in the reapportionment after 2010's census. Republicans currently hold a 23-9 edge in the state's House delegation. Texas
"The Republican Party is determined to make the Democratic Party a party of minorities — that is what this is about, as well," Doggett told The Hill. "You don't come in and deny the capital city an opportunity to have a district that reflects the capital city."
The state's minority populations are expected to be concentrated in 10 or 11 Democratic-leaning districts.
The current redistricting plan is being challenged in court for possible violations of the Voting Rights Act and could be changed before its implementation.
Doggett said the Republicans' intention is clear.
"They do not want Anglo Democrats representing any part of
," Doggett said. "They went after [former Democratic Reps.] Martin Frost and Chet Edwards, and I'm the third one they have sought to eliminate. Texas
"They're trying to complete the task that [Republican former House Majority Leader] Tom DeLay's staff set out for them."