Having failed to win a statewide election in a quarter century, Texas Democrats don’t have many homegrown options for a state convention headliner. Instead, they’ll be bringing in a California Democrat who has become one of the most well-known creatures in the Washington swamp: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On Tuesday, the Texas Democrat Party announced Pelosi will headline their convention this summer. Like the Texas GOP Convention, Democrat Convention delegates will form a party platform, choose party leadership, choose Democrat electoral college electors, and more.
Unlike the Texas GOP Convention, which will be held in person in Houston in mid-July, the Texas Democrat Party convention will be held entirely online at the beginning of June. It’s not known if Pelosi will come to Texas or simply join via video call.
Pelosi issued a statement saying Texas is “ground zero for this election”:
“It is an honor to join Democrats from the Lone Star State and share my message of belief, hope, and opportunity during the Texas Democratic Convention. As I’ve stated previously, Texas is ground zero for this election. The big and bold work happening at the Texas Democratic Party is why we will strengthen our House Democratic Majority, elect more Democrats across the state, and elect a Democratic president of the United States, Joe Biden, in November.”
Texas Democrat Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement that Texas Democrats are “proud” to welcome Pelosi:
“We are proud to have Speaker Pelosi as our Special Guest during the Texas Democratic Convention. The Speaker’s leadership amidst the challenges of the Trump Administration has been invaluable. Her accomplishments in the Congress of the United States — from passing the Affordable Care Act to advancing the priorities of our children and families — and her dedication to public service have inspired generations of women to run for office and continue her legacy of fighting For The People.”
Pelosi is no stranger to the Lone Star State, having visited multiple times in the last several years to assist in unsuccessful efforts to flip Texas from Republican to Democrat —including stints campaigning for failed candidate Beto O’Rourke.