How Mayra Flores' Border Patrol husband video helped win her a Congress seat

Alexandra Ciufudean June 16, 2022
How Mayra Flores' Border Patrol husband video helped win her a Congress seat
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Mayra Flores’ win in Tuesday’s special election managed to flip a historically Democrat vote in Texas’ 34th district. Campaigning on a pro-Christian, pro-life and immigration control platform, one of Flores’ most popular ads was a video about her husband, who is a Border Patrol agent.

The first Mexican-born congresswoman, Flores won more than 50% of the vote and plans to run again in the fall for a full term.

One of the main assets to her campaign has been winning over Latino voter support, which she achieved with a mix of immigration claims and her personal backstory. A campaign video ad about how her husband was affected by vaccine requirements imposed on Border Patrol agents especially resonated with her target audience.

As curiosity amps up about the congresswoman, voters want to know more about her family life – who are Mayra Flores’ husband and kids and how did her husband’s story give her campaign a boost?

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What is Mayra Flores’ age? Meet her husband, John, and their family

Born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and then emigrating to the US at age six, Rep Mayra Flores’ age is now 36. She lives in Harlington, Texas, with her husband, John, and their four children.

Although Flores’ husband prefers to stay out of the spotlight, we know he works as a Border Patrol agent and, like many professionals in public-facing positions, was required to get vaccinated against covid-19 as part of US efforts to immunise the population and stop the pandemic.

According to a video ad released by Maya Flores’ campaign, her husband and his colleagues could have potentially been fired if they chose not to follow their workplace rules. She used this as an argument against the current administration’s practices.

Flores and her husband have four kids. Their youngest daughter, Milani, just finished kindergarden and their eldest son, John Michael, just received his initiation into the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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An overview of Flores’ Texas district

Flores is now the first Mexican-born congresswoman and has achieved the support of many Latino voters in her district. Much of that support is based on her claims she and her family emigrated to the US legally, when she was just six, and her involvement with immigration policies.

These claims resonated especially well with Texas’ 34th district, where she flipped the Democrat vote.

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Running down the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi and Brownsville at the southern tip of Texas and indenting slightly into more rural areas, the state’s 34th congressional district has a predominantly Latino population, which makes up 84.5 per cent of people. According to Data USA, a large part of this demographic are first-generation Americans, with a majority holding citizenship.

The median household income for the 34th district is $42,092 a year, significantly lower than the US median income of $67,521.

More than one-quarter (27.3%) of the state lives in poverty, which mainly affects kids aged six to 11, and the majority of people work in low or average-paying, sales-related jobs.

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Flores’ video about her Border Patrol agent husband struck a chord with voters

The video proved especially powerful with her district for a number of reasons.

For one, it appeals to working-class voters in South Texas’ 34th district, many of whom are first-generation Americans or recent immigrants. This is a population that seems to have identified with Flores’ rags-to-riches story of a self-made woman. The congresswoman herself likes to say she is “the American dream”.

Additionally, her video ad about being married to a Border Patrol officer taps into many of her voters’ fears.

With trust in government weakened by what some view as poor management of covid-19, many didn’t believe vaccine mandates were necessary or couldn’t afford the time to prioritise getting jabbed. And, with inflation rates in the US climbing along with the cost of living, access to well-paid, stable jobs is at a premium.

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Alexandra is Head of Entertainment at The Focus, managing a growing team of outstanding graduate and experienced writers. She has worked previously as an editor, writer and content specialist across web, video and social platforms and has a bachelor's in English Linguistics and a master's in Comparative Literature.