In the 122 years that Democrats were the majority party in Texas (1872-1994), only 2 Hispanics held statewide elected office. In just 8 years of Republican majority, 3 Hispanics have already held statewide elected office. It took Democrats 114 years to elect a single Hispanic to statewide office. The Democrat establishment later tried to defeat him because he was too conservative In 2001, Anglo Democrat men comprised only 20% of all Texas House members, but were named to 36% of all chairmanships by the Anglo Democrat Speaker. Hispanics were shortchanged because their support was taken for granted by the Democrat elite. In 1999, Republican Lt. Governor Rick Perry established the first ever standing Committee on Border Affairs to address needs along the Texas-Mexico border. In 1998, Republican Governor George W. Bush created the Office of Border Initiatives, which facilitates trade and investment opportunities for Texas communities and companies along the border. Under the administrations of Republican Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry, state agencies have invested more resources in the 32-county border region than under Democrat leaders.
|Agency ||Democrats in 1991 ||Republicans in 2000 ||GOP % Increase |
|Department of Health ||$77 million ||$1.53 billion ||1,887% |
|Housing and Community Affairs ||$20.4 million ||$107.4 million ||426% |
|Department of Transportation ||$129.5 million ||$475.2 million ||267% |
|Institutions of Higher Learning ||$292 million ||$691 million ||137% |
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