Congressman Lloyd Doggett will be headed back to the nation’s Capital, but this time to represent an entirely new district. The 2010 Census birthed Congressional District 35 due to the rise in the Hispanic population, and on election night, Doggett proved to be the long-lasting representative he has come to be known for.
Doggett expressed some disappointment in moving on from a district that spanned the Rio Grande Valley to Bastrop.
“Certainly, I'm disappointed to lose the opportunity to work with them,” said Doggett. “But this is a great opportunity to work in San Antonio and use the experience that I've had elsewhere I hope to the benefit of many San Antonio neighborhoods and families."
Challenger Susan Narvaiz, a former mayor of San Marcos, said she had spent election day talking to the people she wanted to represent. Early in the evening, she said she had not taken a look at the totals, but early voting results showed Doggett with a commanding 63 percent of the vote.
Despite the outcome, Narvaiz said she hoped people will come together.
"I just look forward to the opportunity for the country to move in a direction that the people will have spoken, and that gives us that incentive to come together again and really renew,” Narvaiz said.
Doggett said the first order of business for him is to open his federal field office in Bexar County, but not until the first week in January. In the meantime, he'll continue to be visible in San Antonio, first and foremost at local Veterans Day ceremonies.