Two elected representatives from Fort Bend County were briefly detained and cited during a voting rights demonstration in Washington D.C. earlier this week.
U.S. Rep. Al Green, a 73-year-old Democrat whose ninth congressional district includes part of Fort Bend County and most of Missouri City, one of them. The other was state Rep. Ron Reynolds, a 47-year-old Democrat who represents much of Fort Bend County in the Texas House of Representatives.
It’s not quite clear exactly what led to the arrests.
Both men said they got into “good trouble” during a demonstration Tuesday in support of federal voting rights legislation, including a proposed bill named after late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who used the term “good trouble” to mean disobeying laws for a just cause.
Reynolds is one of several state legislators to leave Texas and venture to Washington D.C. in hopes of putting pressure on federal legislators to pass voting rights legislation. They also left the state to break quorum in a special session of the Texas Legislature to prevent the Republican majority from passing voting legislation Democrats say is too restrictive and will discourage ethnic minorities from voting. Republicans have claimed the law aims to make voting more secure and less susceptible to fraud.
“Proud to fight for the voting rights of those I serve by any means necessary,” Green said in a tweet posted to his account Tuesday along with a photo of his citation.
Green has served as the ninth district’s representative since 2005, while Reynolds has served in the Texas House since 2010.