BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation in Austin will have a woman in its ranks for the first time in a decade.

That is because Brownsville attorney Erin Gamez won the open Texas House District 38 seat in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary. No Republican ran so Gamez will succeed the retiring state Rep. Eddie Lucio, III.

Erin Gamez

Gamez secured 58.7 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Brownsville attorney Jonathan Gracia picked up 41.3 percent of the vote. 

“I am humbled by the turnout last night. Brownsville’s voice has spoken loud and clear. I will forever give thanks to everyone who made this win possible,” Gamez told Ron Whitlock Reports and the Rio Grande Guardian.

“Our team worked extremely hard and we are beyond grateful for the results. We are so excited to have made history here in District 38. I cannot wait to get to work for our beautiful District.”

The last woman from the Valley to sit in the Texas House was Veronica Gonzales. The McAllen Democrat represented District 41 for ten years before retiring in June 2012 to become a vice president at UT-Rio Grande Valley.

“Wooowhoooo, after ten years we finally have a woman representing us in Austin. Que Vía La Mujer,” said Gamez supporter Alexia Anne Solis. 

Gamez’s friend, Priscilla Guajardo, wrote on Facebook: Congratulations. I have no doubt that you will do great things for Brownsville.”

The Valley could also have a female state senator. In the Democratic Party primary for state Senate District 27, two women progressed to a runoff – Morgan LaMantia and Sara Stapleton Barrera. The winner will face a Republican male, Adan Hinojosa, in the November general election.

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