Robert W. Gee

State editor

Robert W. Gee is the state editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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From the archives: Easy smile, confident stride hide likely winner’s story of struggle
 There was one paved road through Zapata, Texas, in those days, and it led to Laredo, cosmopolitan by comparison. That two-lane strip of asphalt was Gus Garcia’s way out of a poor, isolated border town where few people spoke English and where his father cobbled together a living running a small grocery and selling milk from a Jersey...

Posted: 8 days ago

There was one paved road through Zapata, Texas, in those days, and it led to Laredo, cosmopolitan by comparison. That two-lane strip of asphalt was Gus Garcia’s way out of a poor, isolated border town where few people spoke English and where his father cobbled together a living running a small grocery and selling milk from a Jersey...
Will the government meet a Thursday deadline to reunite migrants?
 As a court-ordered deadline looms Thursday for the Trump administration to reunite migrant families separated at the border, Texas immigration lawyers say the government will fall short, partly because hundreds of parents may have already been deported without their children. Still, many immigrants separated at the Texas-Mexico border under...

Posted: 20 days ago

As a court-ordered deadline looms Thursday for the Trump administration to reunite migrant families separated at the border, Texas immigration lawyers say the government will fall short, partly because hundreds of parents may have already been deported without their children. Still, many immigrants separated at the Texas-Mexico border under...
Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims
 U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he won’t seek re-election, a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide. Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, made the announcement Thursday morning in a video statement on his campaign Facebook page. He said the harassment charges that...

3:26 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he won’t seek re-election, a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide. Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, made the announcement Thursday morning in a video statement on his campaign Facebook page. He said the harassment charges that...
Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election amid harassment claims
 U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold announced he won’t seek re-election, less than a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide.

3:46 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold announced he won’t seek re-election, less than a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide.
The Texas primaries are 3 months away. Here are 5 races to watch.
 The deadline for candidates to file for the March primaries was Monday. Here are five races to watch: 1.
            Democratic race for governor: Lupe Valdez, the 13-year Dallas County sheriff, has the backing of the Democratic Party establishment. But she has little statewide name recognition and isn’t the high-profile candidate Democrats...

11:15 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

The deadline for candidates to file for the March primaries was Monday. Here are five races to watch: 1. Democratic race for governor: Lupe Valdez, the 13-year Dallas County sheriff, has the backing of the Democratic Party establishment. But she has little statewide name recognition and isn’t the high-profile candidate Democrats...
Jerry Patterson to challenge George P. Bush for land commissioner
 Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he wants his old job back. Patterson, who served three terms as land commissioner before running fourth in a four-way Republican primary contest for lieutenant governor in 2014, said Friday he will challenge one-term Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the March GOP primary. Over the past...

5:55 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says he wants his old job back. Patterson, who served three terms as land commissioner before running fourth in a four-way Republican primary contest for lieutenant governor in 2014, said Friday he will challenge one-term Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the March GOP primary. Over the past...
Melania Trump, Karen Pence to visit hurricane-battered South Texas
 First lady Melania Trump and Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to travel to South Texas Wednesday to “continue their efforts in assisting those affected by this year’s devastating hurricane season,” according to a White House news release. They will meet with first responders in Corpus Christi...

8:56 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

First lady Melania Trump and Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to travel to South Texas Wednesday to “continue their efforts in assisting those affected by this year’s devastating hurricane season,” according to a White House news release. They will meet with first responders in Corpus Christi...
TX Congressman Joe Barton won’t seek re-election after sexting photo goes viral
 U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said Thursday he will not seek re-election, after a sexual image of himself he shared was made public last week. North Texas Republicans called for Barton to drop out of the race this week, following new revelations, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday, that he sent private messages with sexual...

4:15 AM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said Thursday he will not seek re-election, after a sexual image of himself he shared was made public last week. North Texas Republicans called for Barton to drop out of the race this week, following new revelations, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday, that he sent private messages with sexual...
Texas congressman not seeking re-election after lewd photo made public
 U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said Thursday he will not seek re-election, after a sexual image of himself he shared was made public last week. North Texas Republicans have called for Barton to drop out of the race this week, following new revelations, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday, that he sent private messages with sexual...

5:14 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said Thursday he will not seek re-election, after a sexual image of himself he shared was made public last week. North Texas Republicans have called for Barton to drop out of the race this week, following new revelations, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday, that he sent private messages with sexual...
Reports: Angela Paxton, Ken Paxton’s wife, mulling state Senate run
 Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is considering running for the Texas Senate next year, according to multiple reports. Paxton is eyeing a North Texas district represented by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who is expected to run for Congress. Ken Paxton represented the district for two years. Angela Paxton is a guidance...

8:27 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is considering running for the Texas Senate next year, according to multiple reports. Paxton is eyeing a North Texas district represented by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who is expected to run for Congress. Ken Paxton represented the district for two years. Angela Paxton is a guidance...
Austin lawmaker blasts Dan Patrick over his immigrant deaths comment
 State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, excoriated Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Monday after he linked “sanctuary city” policies with the deaths of 10 people in a trailer in San Antonio. “I hope that Lt. Gov. Patrick puts people first in his future public statements,” Rogriguez said in a statement. “Because when 10 people...

7:45 PM Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, excoriated Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Monday after he linked “sanctuary city” policies with the deaths of 10 people in a trailer in San Antonio. “I hope that Lt. Gov. Patrick puts people first in his future public statements,” Rogriguez said in a statement. “Because when 10 people...