Garnet Coleman's file:

Democrat from Texas

Coleman, initially elected to the Texas House in 1991, formerly chairs the Texas House Committee on County Affairs. Coleman says in his online biography that he's one of the authors of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas, a program that makes health insurance available to more than 500,000 children from working families. He said he also  helped simplify access to Medicaid for more than 600,000 Texas children, and worked to secure an increase of $161.5 million for at-risk child care services.

Recent statements involving Garnet Coleman

Says Texas has the most uninsured people of any state -- 6 million.

Says close to 90 percent of the population growth in Texas over the last decade was non-Anglo.

Says that in some Texas communities, "our unemployment rate is still at 10 and 20 percent."

Recent stories featuring Garnet Coleman

Minority population growth in Texas revisited:

A Houston Chronicle news article raising the possibility of a bipartisan agreement setting primary elections for early April includes a familiar claim about the state’s minority population growth from 2000 to 2010.


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