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Deep background: longtime Texas Rep. Eddie Rodriguez makes a run for state Senate
(Eddie Rodruiguez)

Eduardo Rene "Eddie" Rodriguez was elected to the Texas House of Representatives at the age of 31. He just turned 49 on July 1 and is finishing up his ninth term. He's senior among the half-dozen lawmakers who represent Travis County in the House.


He's the only male in the solid-blue delegation. Three of those five women endorsed his senate bid: Representatives Gina Hinojosa (HD49), Donna Howard (HD 48), and Celia Israel (HD 50). As have 11 other House members, including Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D-El Paso).

This article focuses primarily on Rodriguez. An article on candidate Sarah Eckhardt was published earlier this week.

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PHOTOS: Hundreds protest for abortion rights in Austin amid Roe v. Wade ruling

(Bob Daemmrich)

Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.

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The high school valedictorian who took aim at Texas legislators in her speech is still fighting for women’s rights as a UT student

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Paxton Smith’s 2021 valedictory speech at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas wasn’t the same speech she had previously shared with school administrators. She dropped the approved speech and made a case for women’s reproductive rights after lawmakers passed the Texas "Heartbeat Bill.”

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