Congressman Charlie Stenholm spoke to Texas Tech Tax Institute members, Friday, about the U.S. Tax Policy. He believes the U.S. needs a more Conservative economic game plan. Even though getting that means wrangling over difficult issues...like redistricting.
"If redistricting wasn't as serious as it was, it would be laughable. It is unbelievable that the Texas Legislative under the governor's, I wouldn't say leadership, I would say demands, caused three special sessions, and spending money we don't have... money we ought to be spending on education." said District 17 U.S. Congressman Charlie Stenholm.
Stenholm is one of two West Texas Congressmen currently serving on the House Agriculture Committee. But, with the new congressional lines, he may lose his seat. The other West Texan on the House Ag Committee is Congressman Randy Neugebauer.
Friday he visited Rush Elementary here in Lubbock. The school is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its establishment. The Congressman says he is waiting for the Justice Department to make a ruling on redistricting before he begins campaigning. The new redistricting map pairs Lubbock with Abilene, which would force him to face off with Congressman Stenholm in a special election.
"Being an incumbent is a great advantage. In a short period of time we've been able to demonstrate that I can be an effective member of Congress," said District 19 U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer.
A U.S. District Judge is set to hear the case over the new Congressional Redistricting Map for Texas on November 3rd.