Washington, DC - This week, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) will be in Texas stumping for Democratic candidates. This will be his twenty-fourth trip this cycle in support of Democrats running for the House.
On Tuesday evening, Hoyer will join candidate Joseph Kopser (TX-21) in Austin for a campaign event. Kopser is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and entrepreneur who co-founded Bunker Labs in Austin. He is running for the open seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who is retiring.
Also on Tuesday evening, Hoyer will be at an event in Austin in support of candidate M.J. Hegar (TX-31). A decorated Air Force veteran and author, Hegar is running against incumbent Republican Rep. John Carter.
Hoyer will travel to Houston on Thursday, where he will campaign in support of candidate Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07). A local attorney who is running for office for the first time, Fletcher is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. John Culberson, who has been in Washington for eighteen years and voted against resources to help Houstonians recover from Hurricane Harvey. This race has been designated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as "Red-to-Blue."
On Thursday evening, Hoyer will participate in a campaign event with candidate Sylvia Garcia (TX-29). A Texas State Senator and the first Latina elected to the Harris County Commissioner's Court, Garcia is a judge and former social worker. She is running for the open seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Gene Green, who is retiring.
Hoyer will travel to Dallas on Friday, where he will attend an event in support of candidate Colin Allred (TX-32). Allred, a civil rights attorney and former NFL linebacker who served in the Obama Administration, is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Sessions. Allred is running in a DCCC-designated "Red-to-Blue" district.
Later on Friday, Hoyer will join incumbent Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33) for a campaign event. Elected to the House in 2012, Veasey earlier served four terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He is running for re-election to the House in 2018.
Since the start of the 2018 election cycle, Hoyer has campaigned on the road for fifty-one candidates and thirty-three incumbents, traveling to seventy districts in twenty-one states. He has raised or contributed $6.5 million to help Democrats recapture the House Majority in November.