Under redrawn map, Hegar remains Crossroads' senator
BY GABE SEMENZA
May 18, 2011 at 5:18 a.m.
If you're a Crossroads resident, Glenn Hegar will remain your state senator.
A Texas Senate redistricting map, which received preliminary approval this week, shows only minimal changes to Hegar's current district.
Hegar, a Katy Republican, will gain Burleson and Lee counties but lose Bastrop and Caldwell counties, all of which are on the northern edge of his district. Crossroads counties remain in Hegar's district under the redrawn map.
"While I did not want to lose any of my current district, I am pleased with the new boundaries," Hegar said Wednesday via email. "I look forward to representing Lee and Burleson counties and I am anxious to meet the citizens of those communities."
Hegar's current and redrawn district each span 19 counties. Both versions include Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Lavaca, Jackson and Refugio counties.
Because of population growth patterns across the state, many West Texas districts needed more people to reach the ideal population of 811,000, Hegar said.
"This trend in population growth caused me to lose both Caldwell and Bastrop counties," he said. "It would have been ideal to continue to represent the same counties. However, that was not an option."