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Texas Democrats on the Passing of Pioneering Texas Leader, Representative Frances “Sissy” Farenthold

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Vice-Chair, Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statements on the passing of  Representative Frances Farenthold:

Chair Gilberto Hinojosa:

“I send my deepest condolences to the family of Frances Farenthold — an icon and a guiding star for Democrats in the state of Texas. She was an unwavering voice for all Texans — especially the most marginalized. In 1968, Representative Farenthold was the only woman elected to the Texas House, she led a revolt against corruption, then overcame long odds to twice become a serious candidate for Texas governor. In 1972, she was a contender to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president, opening the door more than a decade before Geraldine A. Ferraro became the first to be chosen for that office by a major party. She was a lifelong advocate for civil rights and social justice. Through her inspiring leadership and progressive political efforts, millions have a better life because of her fight for a better future for all Texans. We are deeply saddened by her passing. I am incredibly grateful for her over 60 years of activism, her leadership as a Texas Democrat, and the many ways she shaped our Party for the better. Our thoughts are with her family, loved ones, and all who knew this remarkable woman.”

Vice-Chair, Dr. Carla Brailey:

 “I am saddened to hear of the passing of Frances “Sissy” Farenthold. Representative Farenthold was a trailblazer and a leader in Texas politics during a time when women were fighting for  a seat at the table.  In 1968, she was the only woman elected to the 150-member Texas House of Representatives, where she shaped policy that would create better lives for generations of Texans. She spent her entire political career advocating for those who were cut out from the democratic process. She fought for civil rights, women’s rights, and real opportunity for every Texan — and as such, she was the national face of Texas progressives for more than a generation and a beacon to women of both her time and ours. Representative  Farenthold will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on — especially amongst Democratic women in Texas who are leading every day in this state because she paved the way for all women in politics.”

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