Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Legislature has given final approval of redistricting plans for the Texas Congressional Delegation, State Senate, Texas House, and State Board of Education. The redistricting process is required by the United States Constitution after the completion of a decennial census. With population growth in Texas over the last decade, the ideal population for a Texas House district grew from 167,367 to 194,303. For Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), the new map includes a six-county area which keeps Angelina, Houston, San Augustine, and Trinity Counties together in House District 9 (formerly House District 57), while also adding neighboring Polk and Tyler Counties for a total population of 199,902.
"I am disappointed to lose both Leon and Madison Counties as a part of my district. It has been a great privilege to have served these communities since 2013," said Ashby. "That said, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent Polk and Tyler Counties. Both communities have much in common with my current district, and I look forward to spending lots of time traveling these counties and hearing directly from their residents."
Following the adoption of the new redistricting plan, Rep. Ashby announced his intention to file for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 9.
"It is with great pride, and after much prayer and thoughtful consideration with my friends and family, that I announce my candidacy for re-election as State Representative," said Ashby. "As a public servant, I never forget who I'm working for and my highest priority will always be to provide effective representation that reflects the highest moral and ethical standards."
Since he was first sworn in to the Texas House in 2013, Rep. Ashby has worked to lower-property taxes, secure the southern border with Mexico, increase equity among public schools in Texas, and advocate for private property rights and rural values. In the most recent legislative session, he authored and passed legislation to expand access to reliable broadband service, increased funding for rural hospitals and state law enforcement, and helped to ensure that Texas forest landowners are not subject to frivolous lawsuits.
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Trent Ashby is in his fifth term as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies, while also serving on the House Committees on Appropriations and Transportation. He currently represents a six-county region which includes: Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine, and Trinity Counties