Silvestre Reyes's file:

Democrat from Texas

Rep. Reyes, D-El Paso, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1996. He was the first Hispanic American in U.S. history to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which drafts the laws that govern, fund and oversee the 16 agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community. He lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012.

Recent statements involving Silvestre Reyes

Says opponent Beto O’Rourke "wants to legalize drugs."

Says 282 Texas school districts have requested emergency waivers to increase elementary school class sizes because of "unprecedented fiscal challenges."

The "six largest cities in Ohio all have higher rates of violence and crime than every major city along the U.S.-Mexico border."

"An audit of the last census found that over 370,000 people living in Texas were not counted, and our state lost an estimated $1 billion in federal funds as a result."

Recent stories featuring Silvestre Reyes

Pat Robertson echoes Texas candidate on marijuana:

Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized. We learned that an El Paso congressional candidate beat him to that declaration.

Leo Berman claim about Obama topped our charts:

During the 140-day Texas legislative session that ended May 30, we tested claims from floor debates, press releases and advertising. But by far, our most-read article proved to be a check of state Rep. Leo Berman's statement about Barack Obama’s birthplace.

Presenting the top 10 PolitiFact Texas articles from January through May...

Flashback: Obama, the Mexico border and Shariah law:

Fact-checks of legislators and an Austin City Council hopeful blended last week with looks at President Obama’s statements while in Texas — plus our first review of a claim by the White House press secretary, Jay Carney.

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