For a Texan who wants to build bridges in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales has burned quite a few

The two-term Republican, criticized by his own party for breaking with the GOP on key votes, is not inclined to change his ways.

By Matthew Choi, the Texas TribuneMay 10, 2023 10:35 am, ,

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A “workhorse,” not a show horse

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, shown at a Get Out the Vote rally in San Antonio on May 4, 2022, has worked closely with U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales on border issues. Chris Stokes for The Texas Tribune

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U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, lead a news conference with members of the House Hispanic Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 1, 2023.

Not in Washington to make friends

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State Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, addresses the crowd at a rally calling for border security at the state Capitol in Austin on April 29, 2023. Roy and U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, have clashed over border security proposals.

“I’m going to push back”

But the El Paso business community was opposed, asserting that the sites were better represented by U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat whose district is located solely within El Paso County. Escobar was seen as better able to focus on the airport and Fort Bliss than a representative who had several other metropolitan areas in his district.

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Two U.S. soldiers walk through the historic area on Fort Bliss Army installation on April 23, 2012. U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales lobbied aggressively to have Fort Bliss included in his redrawn district in 2021, clashing with some El Paso leaders.

Party asks Gonzales to be a team player

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U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, a Republican representing the Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, speaks in his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April 28, 2023.