GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says Texas essential in Republican effort to seize U.S. House

Gromer Jeffers Jr.
January 28, 2022

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Texas would play a major role this year in the party’s efforts to seize control of the U.S. House and help sell the GOP brand to voters.

“Texas team will be a strong base for Republicans being elected,” McCarthy told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday. “I don’t think it’s just in Congress. It’s up and down the ballot, including school boards.”

McCarthy, the House minority leader from California, is in Texas this week to raise campaign cash for 2022 and meet with various GOP candidates for Congress. On Thursday he had a series of meetings in Dallas and Houston.

Texas has the largest Republican delegation to Congress, and it’s important for Republicans to hold serve or make gains during the midterm elections. The Texas Legislature fortified Republican congressional districts and split the two new districts earmarked for Texas with Democrats.

Republicans now have a 23-13 advantage in the delegation to the U.S. House. Analysts expect a 24-14 GOP advantage after the 2022 elections. State lawmakers bolstered the lone swing district in North Texas that is now represented by Republican Beth Van Duyne, the former Irving mayor.

McCarthy’s visit comes as he finalizes the GOP’s “Commitment for America” platform for the 2022 midterm elections. The plan harkens back to 1994s’ “Contract for America,” created by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is helping McCarthy craft his plan.

McCarthy said the Commitment for America includes policies that protect and expand parental rights for educating children, develop economic policies that counter the rise of China, renew the push for energy independence, secure the nation’s southern border with Mexico and push familiar GOP themes related to cutting taxes and ending unnecessary regulation. The plan, which also involves several other House Republican leaders, is expected to be released this summer.

“As we bring these all together and lay it out to the entire American public, they’ll see this is exactly the legislation that will be passed and that they can trust us with the majority.”

Read more at Dallas Morning News

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