Harris County AFL-CIO Backs Cargas

(HOUSTON-February 27, 2012)—Houston energy attorney James Cargas has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Harris County in his race to replace Tea Party Rep. John Culberson in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.

Upon learning of his selection, Cargas stated, “I am proud and honored to have the support of labor and look forward to working with its leaders and members on returning jobs to America, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, boosting manufacturing, promoting fair trade with our global partners, promoting affordable health care, protecting Medicare and Social Security, implementing comprehensive immigration reform, and so much more.”
Despite the lack of final boundaries for District 7, Cargas has been campaigning hard in every corner of what may be the final district in his quest to end our do-nothing Congress.  The support of labor represents one of many important coalitions he is building to move our Nation and its economy forward again.  “I am proud of the diversity of the organizations and the individuals who are supporting me,” said Cargas, adding, “everyone in District 7 deserves representation in Congress, not just the Tea Party fanatics looking to dismantle government institutions and the American economy and credit rating along with them.”
James Cargas offers substantial public service experience, including positions as a Congressional aide, law clerk at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a Clinton White House staffer, and a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Energy under Secretary Bill Richardson.  He is currently Senior Assistant City Attorney for Energy with the City of Houston. In between Democratic administrations and working on several Democratic presidential campaigns, Cargas has served as in-house counsel in the pipeline and drilling services industries and as deputy director of the North American Energy Standards Board.
The Harris County American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Council is a local federation of labor representing over 45,000 members of 73 unions in Harris County and Houston, Texas.