First Time Group has Ever Endorsed an African American for US Senate

For Immediate Release

AUSTIN–State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Royce West (D-Dallas) on Saturday earned the endorsement of the Tejano Democrats, one of the largest constituent organizations within the Texas Democratic Party.

Officials with the organization say they believe this is the first time the organization has endorsed an African American in a United States Senate race. A 60 percent majority is required to earn the endorsement of the organization.

“I’m gratified to have earned the endorsement of the Tejano Democrats,” West said. “As a State Senator, I have always tried to work for all people, and I’ve advocated for years on many issues important to this organization and its members.”

“I look forward to working for issues of importance to the Tejano Democrats when I’m your next U.S. Senator,” West said.

“Tejano Democrats believe Senator West’s experience will be a tremendous asset to our community in the U.S. Senate,” said Manuel Median, Chairman of the Tejano Democrats. “Senator West has always been there for us on issues important to our community, and we look forward to him being an advocate for us in the Senate when he beats John Cornyn in November.”

West has served in the Texas Senate for 26 years, advocating for and passing major legislation including a body camera law, a teacher pay raise, and more. He has served on the Senate Higher Education Committee, Senate Education Committee, the Senate Committee on Administration, and the Senate Finance Committee. He has also served as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate.