Texas State Senate District 1
Texas State Senate District 1 is the first of 31 districts in the Texas Senate, the upper house of the Texas State Legislature. Texas Senate District 1 serves 16 counties:
Texas Senate District 1 includes 16 counties in North East Texas:
Red River County
District 1 encompasses the Northeast corner of this great state and borders Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. It is home to an estimated 834,000 residents and is fondly referred to as the “Piney Woods” of East Texas. It is the piney woods and rolling hills that gives District 1 its natural beauty.
The area is also full of history. For instance, there’s a small town between Mount Vernon and Texarkana, once named Ingersoll, after Robert Green Ingersoll an American writer who in the 1800s was famous throughout the nation (currently the town of Redwater) . Ingersoll is quoted as saying, “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” He was also an outspoken abolitionist and advocate for the voting rights of women.
Additionally, Carthage is the home town of Margie Neal who in 1926 became the first woman elected to the Texas State Senate. Carthage (located in Panola county) was at that time included in District 2, but is now in District 1. Senator Neal’s platform included: improving public schools and increasing aid for farmers and labor.
District 1 is home to quaint towns and kind people. These communities are family-oriented and faith-based. The biggest towns have populations of just over 100,000 people. The most populous city in the district is Tyler, also known as the Rose Capital of the United States. Tyler is an economic hub and just like the rest of the district offers unique opportunities and strong community. While still maintaining its rural roots, the district much like the state is growing and ever-changing.
Audrey Spanko (far right), age 2, with Spanko sisters in East Texas. Three of the four sisters – including Audrey – are now social workers, while the fourth is a public school teacher.
District 1 was a really special place to grow up. I am the youngest of four sisters and rural East Texas gave us great swimming holes, big yards, and country roads that seemed to be made for bike rides. Everybody knew everybody, and high school football and basketball games brought the whole town together. Families here appreciate and understand the importance of public education, as well as the opportunities our schools provide for friendship and growth through participation in sports and other extracurricular activities
I am excited to travel all across this great district and cannot wait to meet others who believe in this community and all that we can do to positively impact the state of Texas.