Longview, TX — Two longtime incumbent East Texas lawmakers who were bested by newcomers and a third veteran in a runoff battle to keep his seat in Austin may have been victims of redistricting.
Regardless the reason, Tuesday’s GOP primary upsets of state Reps. Leo Berman of Tyler and Wayne Christian of Center mean East Texas will lose decades of seniority in the House — and could lose more in the July 31 runoff for Chuck Hopson’s District 11 seat.
“Sure it had an effect,” Hopson said Wednesday of redistricting. “I lost two of my counties — Panola and Houston.”
All three lawmakers’ House districts — 6, 9, and 11 — were redrawn during the legislative redistricting process based on the 2010 census. Hopson lost 40 percent of the territory he had represented, while Berman’s base only slightly changed.