As his district gets redder, Uvalde’s Republican congressman faces heat for votes on guns and gay marriage
Gonzales broke with his party to support sweeping gun safety legislation that passed after the city’s tragedy. He drew backlash from GOP activists again after he voted to protect same-sex marriage.
Bexar County GOP hasn’t censured Cornyn & Gonzales, but chairman says it could still happen
Resolutions to censure the two Texas Republicans ultimately didn’t pass. But the local party chairman says it’s not because they were voted down; it’s because a procedural issue meant they couldn't be voted on at all.
Texas congressman Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, breaks with House Republicans to vote for gun bill
The U.S. House passed the legislation Friday afternoon. Nearly all Texas Republicans voted against it. The bill is widely viewed as a series of modest changes to current gun regulations, falling far short of proposals pushed by House Democrats and President Joe Biden.
Biden administration speeds up deportation flights for Haitians in growing Texas migrant camp
The situation in Del Rio spiraled this week as more than 15,000 migrants, many of them from Haiti, arrived at the border in recent days, settling in a makeshift camp as they waited for CBP agents to process their petitions to stay in the U.S.
San Antonio congressmen, Texas senator urge feds to ensure Paul Rusesabagina’s ‘safe return’ to U.S. amid trial in Rwanda
It’s almost been a full year since a United States resident living in San Antonio was tricked onto a private charter flight that ended with his arrest and imprisonment once he landed in Rwanda.
Texas lawmakers to tour Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales will tour the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday to get an update on the migrant surge in the region. The congressional delegation from Texas will be joined by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Lawmakers are seeking common ground on DACA, but comprehensive immigration reform will be a challenge for Democrats
Ad“For the past four years, the DACA program has been under attack, so it’s been a lot of stress and trauma for me. Despite Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, the U.S. Senate filibuster stands in the way of comprehensive immigration reform. President Biden’s policies are not the immigration reform Americans desperately need,” he said in a press release in late February. Thats why we haven’t had success.”Gonzales said he thinks the best approach to immigration reform is not comprehensive, but rather piece by piece and targeted. “I do think there’s an appetite for immigration reform if we do it in the proper manner.
TSA screening dogs at San Antonio International Airport? It’s a possibility
SAN ANTONIO – As the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump begins, there is a sense of bipartisanship at the San Antonio International Airport. AdRight now the San Antonio International Airport is the only category one airport in Texas without passenger screening canine teams. If we get the dogs here at the airport, obviously it would be effective,” Tonya Hope with the San Antonio International Airport said. I mean, the country is in good hands, and, yes, we have a very bright future ahead of us,” Congressman Gonzales said. The addition of TSA screening dogs would allow for a safer experience in our airports and provides an additional level of security that our airport currently lacks.”AdREAD MORE:San Antonio International Airport working to keep passengers safe while feeling strain of pandemicSan Antonio Airport System lands coveted air service conference in 2022Tips for traveling through the San Antonio airport during the pandemic
2 Texas congressmen talk about goals in Biden administration, what comes next
SAN ANTONIO – President Joe Biden is officially in office, marking a big shift in political ideas and plans in the executive office. Also on the Appropriations Committee, but on the other side of the aisle, Democrat Cuellar represents Texas’ 28th district. I believe that an idea, it’s not a republican idea or a democratic idea, it’s an idea that it’s good for everybody,” Cuellar said. Cuellar has represented his constituents since 2005, and has certain goals for the start of the Biden administration. Both congressmen said the economy needs to be opened back up to help Texans get back on their feet.
Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales votes against impeachment of Pres. Donald Trump
President Donald Trump made history on Wednesday by becoming the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. Texas congressman Tony Gonzales called the historic nature of the vote “partisan,” and said the attempt to impeach Trump is an act to divide the country further. In a Twitter post, Gonzales said, “I rejected Nany Pelosi’s latest attempt to impeach the president. With one week left in President Trump’s term, the latest efforts to impeach the President does nothing to heal our country. We are bitterly divided right now – and this effort only worsens that divide.”Related: US House votes to impeach President Donald Trump
Republican Tony Gonzales pledges to unite District 23 after defeating Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones
SAN ANTONIO - – It took until the wee hours of the morning Wednesday for Republican Tony Gonzales to be declared the winner in the U.S. Rep. District 23 race. Gonzales beat Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones to succeed Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican, who decided not to seek re-election. “District 23 is as tough as it gets, and we performed really well last night. U.S. Rep., District 23 View All CandidatesGonzales received 51% of the vote to 46% for Ortiz Jones. Though Gonzales will soon head to Washington D.C., he promised not to lose touch with the people of District 23.
In blue and red states, milestone wins for LGBTQ candidates
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, that leaves only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi as states that have never elected an LGBTQ legislator. With the addition of Jones and Torres, there will be nine openly LGBTQ members of the House as of January. Two other Democrats became the first openly transgender people to win seats in their states’ Houses: Taylor Small in Vermont and Stephanie Byers in Kansas. And in New York, Jabari Brisport, a gay math teacher, became the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the legislature. And in southwestern Michigan’s 6th District, Jon Hoadley, seeking to become the state’s first openly gay congressman, lost to 17-term GOP Rep. Fred Upton.
2020 races that haven’t been called yet
By midnight, Biden had racked up 205 electoral votes to Trump’s 171, according to the Associated Press. Congressional District 23UPDATE: Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, AP reports. Gonzales' lead, which ballooned to 14,000 votes before midnight, is a much healthier advantage than past races in the district’s history, but it remained too close to call with only 78% of precincts reporting. “With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, the Gonzales campaign’s attempt to declare victory is premature,” Jones' campaign manager Lacey Morrison said. Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat.
Election results 2020: Balance of Power for Congress: Which party will control U.S. House, Senate?
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5 things to watch on Election Day in Texas
Editor’s note: Get election results on our homepage and Vote 2020 page. While the top of the ballot has received the most attention, the balance of the Texas House of Representatives is also at stake. For the first time in years, Democrats have a chance to flip the 150-member Texas House, which has been controlled by Republicans for more than a decade. There are 18 to 22 state House races that Democrats are targeting. More key races for Congress, Texas Senate, County CommissionersAside from the Texas House and president, there are several high-profile federal-, state- and county-level races that have local implications.
Election results 2020: Congressional races in the San Antonio area (South, Central, West Texas)
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AP declares Tony Gonzales winner in Texas Congressional District 23
Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District2:40 a.m. — Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, AP reports. Hurd had endorsed Republican Tony Gonzales, whose victory Tuesday night dealt Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones a second defeat in as many years. With 68.6% of precincts reporting, Tony Gonzales is up by five percentage points with 51% of the vote. 8:28 p.m. — In what is expected to be a close race all night, Republican Tony Gonzales is currently leading in Congressional District 23. Texas' Congressional District 23 (KSAT/Brittney Daniels)Both candidates have served their countries.
WATCH: Health care, veterans issues take center stage in Texas Congressional District 23 debate
Jones is hoping to flip the district for the Democrats while Tony Gonzales hopes to keep the district red and succeed Will Hurd. Throughout the debate, Jones and Gonzales traded barbs over health care. “If you want to know how much Tony Gonzales cares about your health and your health care, go to his website and look under the issues page," Jones said. On veterans issues, Gonzales said he helped pass the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act, which helped protect whistleblowers and increased discipline on misconduct. “Tony Gonzales was silent when this president insulted our fallen heroes.
LIVE COVERAGE: Congressional debate hosted by KSAT in Uvalde
Follow along with our live coverage of the debate between Republican Tony Gonzales and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones from the heart of Congressional District 23, at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Read more about the race:The hour-long debate will air live on KSAT, KSAT.com and all of KSAT’s free streaming platforms starting at 7 p.m. Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University are the hosts, and KSAT’s Steve Spriester will be the moderator. We want our viewers to weigh in on the issues they want to hear about from the candidates. In a race where the margin is usually razor-thin, debates can make the difference. And, for more election news and key races, visit KSAT’s Vote 2020 page or sign up for our free election newsletter.
Texas Congressional District 23 candidates give their stance on the biggest issues facing their voters
Jones has made health care a primary cornerstone of her campaign, and she called her district “one of the most medically-underserved districts in the country." “It was the number one issue before this pandemic,” Jones said. However, his website does not include a specific plan on health care. “I think it is absolutely possible to secure our border without a border wall and to treat people with humanity and respect." Like Gonzales, Jones thinks there’s an opportunity to help reform the current immigration system.
Congressional candidate Tony Gonzales evasive when asked if KKK is a terrorist organization
The Republican candidate, who was endorsed by Trump, would not commit to labeling the Ku Klux Klan as a terrorist organization when put on the spot. Watch Oct. 8: Debate between Tony Gonzales, Gina Ortiz Jones in CD-23 raceBut Gonzales became visibly uncomfortable when Aguillon asked him about his views on MS-13 and the KKK. “Look, I don’t support the KKK,” Gonzales said. But labeling a domestic group as a terrorist organization is complicated, federal officials have previously said, and could lead to a conflict with the First Amendment. No U.S.-based extremist group has ever been formally designated as a terrorist organization.
A recent history of Texas’ most competitive congressional district: CD-23
Texas Republican Will Hurd has held the Congressional District 23 seat since 2014, but that doesn’t mean the seat will be reliably red this November as he departs from office. Jones won 48.73% of the vote, while Hurd won 49.17%, a difference of 0.44% or 926 votes. After the narrow win, Hurd quickly decided against seeking reelection, leaving Senator Tim Scott as the only Black Republican in Congress. Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones and Republican Tony Gonzales are candidates for Texas' Congressional District 23. While Jones has the fundraising advantage on Gonzales, Gonzales carries the endorsements of Trump and Hurd.
Texas CD-23 candidates face off in debate
Editor’s note: Find live coverage of the debate here. KSAT is hosting a debate from the heart of CD-23, at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. We want our viewers to weigh in on the issues they want to hear about from the candidates. Submit questions that you’d like to hear the candidates answer in the prompt below. And, for more election news and key races, visit KSAT’s Vote 2020 page or sign up for our free election newsletter.
Bexar County to play big role in tight race between Gina Ortiz Jones, Tony Gonzales in Texas' CD-23
The competitive border district spans nearly all of Texas' southwestern border and up to San Antonio. The two also find themselves on opposite sides of the health care debate, too. Jones is in favor of universal health care and wants to provide a public option in an effort to make health care more affordable. The runoff was so close that the Gonzales was not deemed the winner until weeks after the runoff election. While the expected increase in turnout for 2020 may benefit Jones, polls continue show a tight race between both candidates.
After recount, Tony Gonzales is still winner of GOP runoff for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd’s seat
The recount of the Republican primary runoff for the national battleground seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, has reached an end, and Tony Gonzales remains the winner. Raul Reyes, who had finished 45 votes behind Gonzales in the July 14 runoff, announced Friday evening that he was abandoning the recount. Gonzales is now set to be the undisputed nominee for the seat, one of Democrats’ best pickup opportunities across the country. Coming out of election night, Reyes was down by just seven votes, a deficit that grew to 45 as the final ballots came in and the results were canvassed. In the weeks since the runoff, Gonzales repeatedly claimed victory and criticized Reyes’ recount effort as a hopeless pursuit, saying it was taking away from the party’s ability to unify against Jones.
Raul Reyes seeking recount in Republican runoff against Tony Gonzales for U.S. Rep. Will Hurds seat
Raul Reyes, left, and Tony Gonzales are running for the Texas Congressional District 23 seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. Raul Reyes announced Friday night that he will seek a recount in the razor-thin Republican primary runoff to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in his national battleground district. Reyes' announcement came after the Texas GOP certified the results of his July 14 runoff against Tony Gonzales. The campaigns said the final margin was Gonzales by 45 votes, though the party had not confirmed that as of late Friday night. But Reyes held firm against conceding and began fundraising for a potential recount while waiting for the state party canvass.
Tony Gonzales defeats Raul Reyes in District 23 runoff race by 46 votes, campaign says
SAN ANTONIO Tony Gonzales has defeated Raul Reyes by 46 votes in the runoff election for the Republican nomination in the Congressional District 23 race, according to Gonzales campaign. Gonzales led by seven votes on election night. The canvass of all 29 counties confirms what we have known for a few days - we won the Republican primary! #Fireher #TX23 #TeamTony #Veteran Posted by Tony Gonzales on Monday, July 27, 2020The canvass of all 29 counties confirms what we have known for a few days, the Gonzales campaign wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. Related: Tony Gonzales campaign says he won by 23 votes, calls the race a victoryRelated: Texas runoff election results: U.S. Representative, District 23, Republican; Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes
Tony Gonzales campaign says he won by 23 votes, calls the race a victory
SAN ANTONIO The Tony Gonzales campaign has called its own race a victory, saying the campaign now leads by 23 votes, over the previously reported seven votes. A week after polls closed, the lead appears to be growing in the Republican runoff for Congressional District 23. Raul Reyes trailed Gonzales by seven votes on July 14 and for days after. In a statement, the Gonzales campaign says, Tonys margin of victory has increased now that most counties, including all of the largest counties in the district, have updated their results to reflect all votes legally cast.
Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump remains in too-close-to-call runoff with Ted Cruz's pick
From left, Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes are running for the Texas Congressional District 23 seat that is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. Texas TribunePresident Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, was in a too-close-to-call runoff Tuesday night against a candidate endorsed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. The Trump-backed Tony Gonzales was trailing Cruz's pick, Raul Reyes, by just 11 votes out of 24,533 with all polling locations reporting, according to unofficial results. Gonzales, a former Navy cryptologist backed by Hurd and House leaders, nabbed Trump's endorsement earlier this month, just three days after Cruz endorsed Reyes. Trump had endorsed another candidate in the Texas runoffs, Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.
Texas runoff election results: U.S. Representative, District 23, Republican; Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: Election results will begin to populate on this page when early voting results are released at 7 p.m. (CST) on July 14. Background:Two Republicans backed by different politicians are battling for the nomination in Texas CD-23 to face off against Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones. Raul Reyes, who came away with 23% of the vote, was recently endorsed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz. You can find additional election results by scrolling to the bottom of this page. For more election coverage, go to our Vote 2020 page or sign up for our free election newsletter.
Donald Trump makes last-minute pitches for Tony Gonzales, Ronny Jackson in Texas congressional runoffs
Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson, left, and Tony Gonzales both received a push from President Donald Trump at a tele-town hall Monday evening. Less than an hour before Trump did the call with Gonzales, Cruz appeared on a tele-town hall with Reyes. "She is well-equipped to defeat either of them in a district President Trump lost and will lose again," said the spokesperson, Sharon Yang. He's loyal, he's brave, he's a leader, and he'll never let the people of Texas down." In the robocall for Gonzales, Trump tells voters that "Tony will work for you in Congress, and by working for you, he's working for me."
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz back opposing candidates in competitive GOP runoff to replace U.S. Rep. Will Hurd
But in an interview after Trump's endorsement, Gonzales maintained he is still the strongest candidate to do that, and the president's backing only reinforces it. A day later, Cruz made the Reyes endorsement official, saying the district "deserves strong conservative representation." Cruz's Reyes endorsement was not entirely a mystery, though. An already nasty runoffThings were already bitter — and personal — between the runoff candidates before Cruz and Trump got involved. “I’ll face off against a Trump puppet who will support the Trump administration’s extreme agenda regardless of how much it harms Texas families.”
Donald Trump endorses Tony Gonzales to replace U.S. Rep. Will Hurd
Tony Gonzales announces in San Antonio that he is running for the Texas Congressional District 23 seat being vacated by Will Hurd. Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribunePresident Donald Trump on Friday endorsed Tony Gonzales in the Republican primary runoff to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, three days after U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz shook up the race by backing Gonzales' opponent, Raul Reyes. Cruz endorsed Reyes on Tuesday and launched a TV ad buy for him through his leadership PAC. While the Trump endorsement gives Gonzales a big boost in the primary runoff, it is likely less helpful for the general election. Trump lost the perennial battleground district by 4 percentage points in 2016, while Hurd carried it by 1.
Whos on the ballot for the July 14 runoff election in Bexar County
Now, early voting runs from June 29 to July 10 and runoff Election Day is July 14. In Texas, a runoff election is like overtime for a primary election when no candidate receives at least 50%, plus one vote. When that happens, the top two vote-getting candidates from their respective party face off in a runoff election. For registered voters in Bexar County, this runoff election features six races for the Republican primary or 12 races in the Democratic primary. The Green and Libertarian parties nominate candidates by convention and their candidates will not appear on primary election or runoff ballots.