HOUSTON–A former Cameron County Judge was elected to lead the Texas Democratic Party as chair and will be the first Hispanic and minority to run a major party in the state’s history.
Gilberto Hinojosa beat out two other candidates and garnered 95 percent of the vote at the statewide convention being held in Houston. He will hold the post for two years.
Hinojosa will replace Boyd Richie who has led the party since 2006.
“This is a war, folks. This is a war that the Republicans have waged on our families in Texas and all across America,” Hinojosa said at the convention. “We are a compassionate people. We don’t believe in pulling up the ladder after we reach the top.”
Hinojosa led the delegates in a battle cry in Spanish after his election and told them Democrats can win elections if they stop allowing Repuiblicans to define them as unpatriotic.
Democrats haven’t won a state-wide election in Texas since 1994.