A Rep’s Push For More Female Leaders In The Texas House

San Antonio Democrat Ina Minjarez, along with Rep. Donna Howard, are urging lawmakers to make gender diversity on House committees a priority.

“We’re looking at a first-time, record number of women running for the Texas House. We’re looking at bringing in possibly 14 new female members,” Minjarez said in an interview with the Texas Standard. “The composition of the House is changing; it’s starting to reflect the population of the state. And so many of the women coming in and many of my female colleagues who have served continuously for a number of sessions have been overlooked for these committee appointments and assignments.”

Minjarez said Texas has never before had a female House speaker. And while that could change as more women are elected to the House, she also said whomever the speaker is, they’ll need to prioritize equity and diversity on House committees.


  • Melanie Cervantes
    published this page in NEWS 2021-12-06 10:09:30 -0600