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Today, February 26, 2017, we honor Congressman Marc Veasey, who represents the 33rd District of Texas, and who has taken on the cause of voting rights head-on. Congressman Veasey took Texas Governor Greg Abbott to court because of a2011 state voter ID law that was ultimately ruled in 2016 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as violative of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 due to its discriminatory effect on minority voters. Veasey v. Abbott, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 2016). Congressman Veasey also founded the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus in 2016, and is a very out-spoken advocate of voting rights every day of the year. The district Congressman Marc Veasey represents includes parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County, which allowed Congressman Marc Veasey to become "the first African American congressman elected in Tarrant County" when he assumed office on January 3, 2013.