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Texas House Democrats seek new leader

State Representative Ramon Romero Jr. of Fort Worth says the leader must be ready for a divided Austin.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Democratic state officials from Texas are seeking a new leader.

And in the current political climate, the task is difficult.

“After the last session, we don’t spend much time talking to each other. And it happened in one session,” said State Representative Ramon Romero, Jr. Inside Texas Politics.

Inside Texas Politics turned to Fort Worth’s Romero to find out what kind of qualities Democrats are looking for in their next leader.

He says that person must be able to work with Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan.

“We know we are going to lose. We don’t expect to go out there and pass all of our priorities. But we don’t want to lose 50 points. And that’s really important,” he said. “It is important that this leader is able to convey this to the President and that the President respects it. And by respecting it, respects all of us as a caucus.

State Representative Chris Turner, a Democrat from Arlington, announced last month that he would not seek another term as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, which he first took on in 2017.

But no other lawmakers have yet officially entered the race.

Romero says whoever is running can’t forget that he’s a Democrat and needs to create a plan and get members behind it.

And he says they’ll have to find a way to deal with the lack of unity within the Texas House.

“Anyone who says we’re not like Washington needs to spend more time in Austin and realize we’re as close to DC as they might as well be our neighbor,” Romero said.