Lesbian Democrat Could Be First Woman Elected in Texas Congressional District

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Gina Ortiz Jones.

A lesbian Iraq War veteran could be the first woman elected as a representative to the 23rd Congressional District in Texas.

Gina Ortiz Jones is running against two-time Republican incumbent Will Hurd in November, according to the Daily Beast. If she wins, she would be the first Filipina-American, first woman and first out lesbian to serve the district.

“I would be honored to be the first in a number of respects, but more important is that I am not the last,” she said. “We will have made progress, but there is still a lot of work to do.” 

Lupe Valdez, the Democratic candidate for governor in Texas, could become the first out lesbian in the position if she wins in November.


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