Gina Ortiz Jones on Tuesday won the Democratic primary for the House seat in Texas’s 23rd Congressional District, bringing her closer to becoming the first-ever lesbian and Iraq War veteran to represent the state in Congress.
Ortiz Jones defeated Democrat Rick Trevino in a runoff on Tuesday, after the two were the finalists among five candidates running in a March primary. The Associated Press called the race for her with a 68 to 32 percent margin.
Ortiz Jones, who would also be the first-ever Filipina-American to represent Texas, will take on incumbent Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Republicans hopeful about bipartisan path forward on police reform legislation House GOP delays police reform bill The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests MORE (R-Texas) in November.
White the district currently leans Republican, control of the seat has flipped between the parties over the past two decades. Hurd has held onto the seat since defeating then-Rep. Pete GallegoPete Pena GallegoGOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff Koch group launches digital ads in tight Texas House race Iraq War vet wins Texas Dem runoff MORE (D-Texas) in 2014.
Ortiz Jones told HuffPost earlier this year that she decided to run for the seat to oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and his policies.
“The type of people that were brought in to be public servants were interested in neither the public nor the service,” she told the publication. “That, to me, was a sign that I’m going to have to serve in a different way.”