In Historic Election Year, Annie’s List Endorsed Candidates Flip Critical Seats

November 7, 2018
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With a record number of women on the ballot, Annie’s List Candidates Pick Up Key Democratic Legislative and County Seats in Tarrant, Dallas, and Harris Counties


Austin, TX – Last night across Texas, Annie’s List candidates surged to important victories that will help direct the future trajectory of Texas government. Of the organization’s record-breaking 37 endorsements this cycle, Annie’s List candidates flipped a critical State Senate seat in Tarrant County and will account for eight new women in the Texas Legislature, seven of whom flipped formerly Republican Districts. In Harris and Tarrant Counties, four first-time candidates unseated Republican incumbents holding critical county-level positions.


“With the victories of our endorsed candidates, Annie’s List has proven that pro-choice Democratic women can run and win in Texas,” said Executive Director Royce Brooks. “We are not only changing the face of power in Texas, we are shifting the perception of what leadership looks like. Our Annie’s List candidates are the embodiment of that change.”


“This was a monumentally important election and thanks to the collective efforts of Annie’s List and like-minded candidates and organizations across the state, Texas is officially a competitive state for Democrats up and down the ballot,” said Political Director, Monica Gomez. “Our newly elected and re-elected officials will be critical in blocking wasteful legislation and getting Austin to focus on issues that impact all Texans.”


Overall, 31 endorsed candidates were elected or re-elected by voters:


State Senate

Beverly Powell, Senate District 10


State House

Sheryl Cole, House District 46

Vikki Goodwin, House District 47

Rep. Donna Howard, House District 48 (re-elect)

Rep. Gina Hinojosa, House District 49 (re-elect)

Rep. Celia Israel, House District 50 (re-elect)

Rep. Mary Gonzalez, House District 75 (re-elect)

Rep. Lina Ortega, House District 77 (re-elect)

Rep. Nicole Collier, House District 95 (re-elect)

Ana-Maria Ramos, House District 102

Terry Meza, House District 105

Rep. Victoria Neave, House District 107 (re-elect)

Rep. Toni Rose, House District 110 (re-elect)

Rhetta Andrews Bowers, House District 113

Julie Johnson, House District 115

Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, House District 120 (re-elect)

Rep. Ina Minjarez, House District 124 (re-elect)

Rep. Alma Allen, House District 131 (re-elect)

Gina Calanni, House District 132

Rep. Senfronia Thompson, House District 141 (re-elect)

Rep. Ana Hernandez, House District 143 (re-elect)

Rep. Mary Ann Perez, House District 144 (re-elect)

Rep. Carol Alvarado, House District 145 (re-elect)

Rep. Shawn Thierry, House District 146 (re-elect)

Rep. Jessica Farrar, House District 148 (re-elect)


State Board of Education

Hon. Marisa B. Perez, District 3 (re-elect)


County and Local Offices

Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge

Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk

Marilyn Burgess, Harris County District Clerk

Devan Allen, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 2

Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge (re-elect)




For Immediate Release

Contact: Amanda Finucane