United States House of Representatives election in Texas' 28th district, 2022

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Portrait of Rep. Cuellar.

The 2022 United States House of Representatives election in Texas' 28th district will be held on November 8, 2022 amidst other races in the 2022 midterms.[1] The Hispanic-majority congressional district, situated in southern Texas, has redrawn following the 2020 census.[2] It shifted sharply towards the Republican Party in 2020,[3] as Trumpism, social conservatism and the emphasis on border security appealed to a significant portion of voters who previously supported Democrats.[4]

Incumbent congressman Henry Cuellar of the district, also known as the "King of Laredo" for his standing popularity,[5] is facing re-election with opposition from both sides of the political spectrum. Running to his left is progressive activist Jessica Cisneros,[6] a pro-illegal immigration attorney supported by the anti-Semitic Sunrise Movement. Several Republicans, none of whom have yet received significant attention, are also seeking the seat.

According to Roll Call, the race is "Likely Democratic."[2] The district has been made slightly more Democrat-favoring following redistricting; while Biden carried it by 4.4 percentage points under the old boundaries,[3] he would have won it by seven points under the newly drawn lines.[2] However, a likely red wave in the 2022 midterms bolstered by the district's sharp swing towards the GOP may result in a potential flip.


Cuellar, who's seeking re-election, will face Cisneros in the Democrat primary; the latter came close to unseating the incumbent U.S. representative during the 2020 U.S. House elections. There are currently five Republican candidates vying for the seat, which includes Sandra Whitten and businessman Ed Cabrera.[2]

Key issues

Among pressing issues, Cuellar notably broke with the Biden junta over the Biden border crisis. While most Democrats have neglected the perpetuating chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border, Cuellar warned incumbent White House officeholder Biden on the matter in late February 2021,[7] and condemned the administration's inaction:[8]

This administration, with all due respect, talks about how we’re handling the unaccompanied kids, but that’s one thing,” he said. “I’m glad that we’re doing a much better job, but what about the rest of the people? What about the individual adults that are coming in? We have to talk about that.

—Cuellar, June 2021

In March 2021, Cuellar shared images of inhumane conditions at border-situated detention centers installed since the era of the Obama Administration.[9]

Cuellar, who supported Biden in the 2020 presidential election, also criticized the incumbent White House officeholder for listening to left-wing activists over his constituents:[10]

The bottom line is I supported Joe Biden for president. He was the most centrist candidate running but the problem, in my opinion, is that he has surrounded himself, at least on the immigration issue, with people that have backgrounds in – I would call them immigration activists — and they’re giving their perspective and the problem is that’s only one perspective. What about the perspective of the border communities?

—Cuellar, October 2021

In contrast to Cuellar's concerns for the plight of constituents facing chaos amidst the Biden border crisis, Cisneros, who advocates on behalf of illegal immigrants, on her campaign website has attacked him for advocating border security.[11]


  1. United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2022. Ballotpedia. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gonzales, Nathan L. (November 22, 2021). New districts, new ratings in Texas. Roll Call. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wassermann, David; Flinn, Ally (April 15, 2021). New districts, new ratings in Texas. The Cook Political Report. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  4. Herrera, Jack (November 17, 2020). Trump Didn’t Win the Latino Vote in Texas. He Won the Tejano Vote. Politico Magazine. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  5. Bova, Gus (November 23, 2021). Jessica Cisneros Takes Her Second Shot at the King of Laredo. Texas Observer. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  6. Svitek, Patrick (August 5, 2021). Jessica Cisneros will again challenge U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar in Democratic primary for congressional seat. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  7. Kight, Stef W. (February 28, 2021). Border Democrat Henry Cuellar warns Biden about immigrant fallout. Axios via Yahoo News. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  8. Jacobs, Emily (June 10, 2021). Texas Democrat slams Biden-Harris response to illegal immigration crisis. New York Post. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  9. Correa, Melissa (March 26, 2021). U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar shares photo proof of the crowded conditions. KHOU-11. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  10. Patteson, Callie (October 29, 2021). Dem Rep. Cuellar: Biden listening to ‘activists’ not locals over border crisis. New York Post. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  11. The Issues. Jessica Cisneros for Congress. Archived version available here. Retrieved December 3, 2021.