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July 25, 2021
STATEMENT: Rep. Philip Cortez Rejoins Texas House Democrats Breaking Quorum
(WASHINGTON D.C.) – Today, Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio) returned to the Texas House Democrats breaking quorum in Washington, D.C. 

Rep. Cortez issued the following statement in response:

“After discussions on improving House Bill 3 have not produced progress, I rejoined my Democratic colleagues in Washington, D.C. I stand firm in my resolve to remain with the Democratic Caucus until the special session ends, and to do whatever it takes to fight for the freedom to vote for all Texans.”

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) responded to Rep. Cortez’ return:

“In the Texas House Democratic Caucus, our unity is our strength. We welcome Rep. Phil Cortez, who is a valued member of our Caucus, back to Washington, D.C. with open arms. All 57 Democrats breaking quorum are just as firm in our commitment to seeing this through until the end as we were the day we left.  We are united and unrelenting in our commitment to protect the freedom to vote.”

The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

For questions regarding the information in this release, please contact Cara Santucci, Communications and Strategy Director for the Texas House Democratic Caucus, by email at
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