Confirmed: First warrant signed for Texas Democrat who fled to DC to avoid vote


Texas state House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) this week signed the first warrant directed at state Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C., to prevent a vote on a controversial election bill.

Phelan signed a civil warrant Sunday for Rep. Philip Cortez, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Cortez initially left Texas with fellow Democratic state legislators on July 12 but went back in what he said was an attempt to work with Republicans on the legislation opposed by Democrats.

Cortez returned to Texas on Wednesday to negotiate with Republicans before he fled the state for a second time.

The July 12 exodus by state Democrats has forced House members to come to the floor every day and request special permission from Phelan to leave. Cortez made such a request after he returned to Texas, and Phelan said he would grant permission if Cortez promised to come back.

Cortez vowed to return and received permission to leave the floor, accordi… (Read more)