Meet Mayra Flores - Latina Republican, South Texas


The first Mexican-born congresswoman will serve for the next seven months after a big memorable election win.

For the next seven months, a slice of South Texas will be represented in Washington by Mayra Flores,

A Mexican-born Republican woman from the Rio Grande Valley, a longtime Democratic region where Mayra Flores’ memorable election win marked several firsts.

Mayra Flores sailed to victory in Texas’ 34th District, where former Democratic Rep.

Filemon Vela resigned in March to work for a lobbying firm.

In one of the most Latino districts in the country and one where Democrats have routinely won by comfortable margins for years,

Mayra Flores garnered 51 percent of the vote, winning the special election without a runoff.

The district lines are shifting for the next election in November 2022, but she will hold this seat until January.

Flores immigrated from Tamaulipas, Mexico, when she was six years old and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley region.

In addition to working as a respiratory care practitioner,

Mayra Flores served as the Hidalgo County GOP Hispanic Outreach chair to increase and maintain Republican support among Latinos in the area.

Which has been ramping up in recent years.

Before Mayra Flores won her district Tuesday, President Joe Biden carried it by 4 points over Donald Trump in 2020.

There was a massive shift from the previous presidential elections under these district lines when Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012 were blown out by 20-plus points each.

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