the republican Mayra Flores, a native of Tamaulipas, made history this week in the United States by winning a special election in a southern Texas congressional district. She thus became the first congresswoman born in Mexico.
Flores will serve the remainder of U.S. Representative Filemón Vela’s term in Texas’ 34th district, which ends in January. He defeated Democratic candidate Dan Sánchez with 51% of the vote, compared to 43% for his opponent.
Flores, 36, was born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, in 1986. Her family legally immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old and became citizens at 14.
He began working at 13, picking cotton with his parents in the city of Memphis to pay for his own school supplies and clothing.
She is the mother of four young children and the wife of a Border Patrol agent.
Flores comes from a family of Democrats and voted for Barack Obama in 2008 on the advice of her father, but her personal and religious convictions later led her to change parties.
In her political facet, she is in favor of greater border security, immigration reform and a legal path to citizenship.
In the biography of his twitter account It defines itself as pro-God, pro-life, pro-family and pro-United States.
Despite his victory, Flores faces a different picture in the November general election, when he will run for a full term.
She will face Democratic federal representative Vicente González, who will change districts to run in the same one as her.
Although the midterm elections are expected to favor Republicans, Democrats say they are confident Gonzalez will win.