Editor’s note. In a special election held Tuesday, pro-life Republican Pete Flores defeated pro-abortion Democrat Pete Gallego, becoming the first Hispanic Republican to serve in the Texas Senate. The pro-abortion Texas Tribune described Flores’ 6 point victory as “a major upset in a Democratic-friendly seat with implications for the balance of power in the upper chamber.” According to Patrick Svitek, “Flores’ victory grows the Senate GOP majority to 21 members, an important figure as the caucus enters the November elections looking to protect its supermajority with as many as three of its seats in play. Currently Republicans need a three-fifths majority — 19 members — to bring legislation to the floor without Democratic support.”
Texas Right to Life PAC, the oldest and largest statewide Pro-Life organization in Texas, celebrates Peter Flores’ victory as the newest state senator for Senate District 19. Flores defeated radical pro-abortion Democrat Pete Gallego, preventing Gallego from advancing his proven anti-Life record in the Texas Senate.
“We are thrilled with Peter Flores’ election to the Texas Senate,” Elizabeth Graham, Director of Texas Right to Life, said. “His victory discounts the claims of an impending blue wave, rather highlighting how voters are tired of the corrupt, anti-Life policies of Democratic career politicians. We look forward to working with Flores in the Capitol to advance life-saving bills during the upcoming 86th Session of the Texas Legislature.”
Texas Right to Life was the first organization to endorse Flores. With Republicans and Pro-Life voters behind him, Flores will finally provide Pro-Life representation to a district where such values have been ignored for too long.
Peter Flores’ victory also marks the first time a Republican has been elected to serve as state senator for SD 19. By electing him for their district, his constituents have ensured themselves a seat at the decision-making table in Austin.