Incumbent Henry Cuellar (D) and Cassy Garcia (R) are running in the general election for Texas’ 28th Congressional District on November 8, 2022.
Cuellar, in Congress since 2005, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition. He was the only House Democrat to vote against a bill in 2021 that would have codified the right to abortion in federal law. Cuellar has run on his record in Congress, saying his membership on the House Appropriations Committee has helped fund education, healthcare, small businesses, veterans, and immigration services programs in the district. Cuellar said, “I think people want us to govern from the center, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. I think people are getting tired of the extreme left and the extreme right.”
Garcia worked as the deputy state director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R) and the regional field representative for the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Garcia has campaigned on reducing inflation, lowering healthcare premiums, and hiring more border patrol agents to secure the border. Garcia said, “The reason why I am running for Congress is to defend faith, family and freedom. The current incumbent Henry Cuellar, who says all the right things, has done absolutely nothing to secure our southern border.”
The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. All 435 House districts are up for election. As of October 10, 2022, Democrats held a 220-212 majority in the U.S. House with three vacancies. Republicans need to gain a net of five districts to win a majority in the chamber.
Daily Kos calculated what the results of the 2020 presidential election in this district would have been following redistricting. Joe Biden (D) would have received 52.9% of the vote in this district and Donald Trump (R) would have received 45.9%.
A Democrat has represented the 28th Congressional District since its creation in 1993.