The first Mexican-born member of Congress is Mayra Flores, a Republican
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) swore in Congresswoman Mayra Flores today, the first Republican in her district in 100 years.
The Capitol ceremony broadcast by C-Span was met with shouting and thunderous applause from members of Congress.
“In this country, if you work hard, you can accomplish anything,” Flores said. “I have risen from working in the cotton fields to representing the community I love—in the United States Congress.”
During the midterm elections, Flores hopes to sweep Pelosi out of power. During her time in the 117th Congress, Flores believes she has the potential to flip Texas District 34 red.
Flores, a legal immigrant from Mexico who is married to a border patrol agent, won a special election to replace former Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who resigned this spring to work for Akin Gump, a Washington law and lobbying firm. She will hold the office to at least January 2023.
22 June 2022