The List: 90 Texas Democrats endorse Hillary Clinton

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Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a campaign rally Thursday in San Antonio. (Robin Jerstad via The Texas Tribune)

by Patrick Svitek | The Texas Tribune

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Monday announced the support of almost 90 Texas Democrats, including well over a majority of the Texas Democrats holding elected office in the Texas Legislature and Washington, D.C.

The list puts the former secretary of state far ahead of any of her Democratic rivals in Texas when it comes to endorsements. This “Hillary for Texas Leadership Council,” expected to grow as the race goes on, will be responsible for recruiting volunteers to help Clinton claim victory in Texas’ March 1 primary.

The council features eight of the 11 Democrats in the Texas congressional delegation, seven of the 11 Democrats in the Texas Senate and 32 of the 52 Democrats in the Texas House. The list also includes the mayors of the two largest cities in the state Annise Parker of Houston and Ivy Taylor of San Antonio as well as members of the city councils in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, plus elected officials from Bexar, Harris and El Paso counties.

In statements, the newly announced endorsers touted Clinton’s long relationship with Texas Democrats, which dates back to her voter registration efforts during the 1970s in South Texas. If Clinton were elected president, state Sen. Carlos Uresti said, “Texas will have our priorities and aspirations for the future represented in the White House like never before.”

Some members of the leadership council had already announced their endorsement of Clinton, such as Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt; former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the 2014 Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic candidate for governor. Others have already campaigned in the early voting states for Clinton, namely U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

The announcement of the council comes four days after Clinton held her first campaign event in Texas, a San Antonio rally that kicked off a monthslong effort to energize Hispanic voters. At the same event, she received the endorsement of Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, current U.S. housing secretary and potential running mate for Clinton.

The full council:

  1. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, San Antonio
  2. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, Laredo
  3. U.S. Rep. Gene Green, Houston
  4. U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, Edinburg
  5. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dallas
  6. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston
  7. U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, Brownsville
  8. U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, Fort Worth
  9. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, Houston
  10. State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Houston
  11. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, McAllen
  12. State Sen. José Rodríguez, San Antonio
  13. State Sen. Carlos Uresti, San Antonio
  14. State Sen. Kirk Watson, Austin
  15. State Sen. Royce West, Dallas
  16. State Rep. Alma Allen, Houston
  17. State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Houston
  18. State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, Dallas
  19. State Rep. Diego Bernal, San Antonio
  20. State Rep. Terry Canales, Edinburg
  21. State Rep. Nicole Collier, Fort Worth
  22. State Rep. Joe Deshotel, Beaumont
  23. State Rep. Jessica Farrar, Houston
  24. State Rep. Mary González, Clint
  25. State Rep. Helen Giddings, DeSoto
  26. State Rep. Robert “Bobby” Guerra, Mission
  27. State Rep. Ana Hernandez, Houston
  28. State Rep. Abel Herrero, Robstown
  29. State Rep. Donna Howard, Austin
  30. State Rep. Celia Israel, Austin
  31. State Rep. Oscar Longoria, Mission
  32. State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Harlingen
  33. State Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez, Weslaco
  34. State Rep. Ina Minjarez, San Antonio
  35. State Rep. Joe Moody, El Paso
  36. State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr., Palmview
  37. State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, Austin
  38. State Rep. Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez, Eagle Pass
  39. State Rep. René Oliveira, Brownsville
  40. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Laredo
  41. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Austin
  42. State Rep. Justin Rodriguez, San Antonio
  43. State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr., Fort Worth
  44. State Rep. Toni Rose, Dallas
  45. State Rep. Hubert Vo, Houston
  46. State Rep. Gene Wu, Houston
  47. Houston Mayor Annise Parker
  48. Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez
  49. Houston City Controller Ronald Green
  50. Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins
  51. Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis
  52. Houston City Council Member Larry V. Green
  53. Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert
  54. Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti
  55. Bexar County Precinct 1 Constable Ruben Tejeda
  56. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
  57. San Antonio City Council Member Rey Saldaña
  58. San Antonio City Council Member Rebecca J. Viagran
  59. San Antonio City Council Member Alan Warrick II
  60. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt
  61. Austin City Council Member Delia Garza
  62. Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen
  63. Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool
  64. Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo
  65. Austin ISD Board of Trustees President Gina Hinojosa
  66. El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza
  67. El Paso County Commissioner Carlos Leon
  68. El Paso City Representative Lily Limón
  69. El Paso City Representative Carl L. Robinson
  70. El Paso County Constable Hector Bernal
  71. Harris County Department of Education Board Member Erica Lee Carter
  72. Dallas ISD Board Member Miguel Solis
  73. Bastrop City Council Member Dock Jackson
  74. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros
  75. Former Land Commissioner Garry Mauro
  76. Former state Sen. Wendy Davis
  77. Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
  78. Former El Paso County Judge Alicia R. Chacón
  79. Former Houston Mayor Bill White
  80. Former Houston City Council Member Gordon Quan
  81. Former Cibolo City Council Member Bede Ramcharan
  82. DNC Member Katie Naranjo
  83. Labor and community leader Noel Candelaria
  84. Labor and community leader Zeph Capo
  85. Labor and community leader Rick Diegel
  86. Labor and community leader Montserrat Garibay
  87. Labor and community leader Louis Malfaro
  88. Ad executive Judy Trabulsi
  89. Ad executive Roy Spence
  90. Grassroots leader Kim Frederick

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