Erin Zwiener

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Eric Holder with Erin Zwiener via Facebook

Erin Zwiener was a "leader" of Indivisible before defeating Republican Ken Strange in Texas' District 45 House of Representatives race in November 2018.

Left Up To US

Left Up To US shared a Facebook Post from Erin Zwiener during her campaign in May 2018

Left Up To US shared a Facebook Post from Erin Zwiener during her campaign in May 2018.[1]

Left Up To US endorsements 2018


Monica Olvera February 22, 2018 · Austin, TX · Left Up To US endorses:

Rep-Elect Erin Zwiener's Swearing In Ceremony

Rep-Elect Erin Zwiener's Swearing In Ceremony

Facebook Event[2] for Rep-Elect Erin Zwiener's Swearing In Ceremony hosted by:



Via Vote Smart:[3]

  • Endorsed: Erin Zwiener was endorsed by Run for Something 11/01/2018
  • Endorsed: Erin Zwiener was endorsed by United Auto Workers 10/25/2018
  • Positions: Erin Zwiener has failed the 2018 Political Courage Test. (Erin Zwiener has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart) 10/19/2018
  • Endorsed: Erin Zwiener was endorsed by Texas AFL-CIO 03/09/2018
  • Rating: Erin Zwiener was rated 0% by Texas State Rifle Association ("Voter's Guide") 03/02/2018
  • Endorsed: Erin Zwiener was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


From a profile at Mother Jones:[4]

"The wave didn’t just sweep through the cities. It also rippled through towns like Driftwood, in Hays County. After attending college and grad school out of state, Erin Zwiener returned home to Texas and settled on two acres here in 2016. When Trump was elected, Zwiener was working on a memoir about traversing the Continental Divide trail on a mule. She shelved the book and started organizing.
"Zwiener became a leader in an Indivisible group, and in March 2017 she filed papers to run for an open Republican-held seat in the state House of Representatives. Democrats had failed to contest it in the two previous elections. “When I first stepped up to run, I got a lot of, ‘Oh, well, it’s always good to have a name on the ballot,’” she told me two days after celebrating her victory.
"Growth in Hays County had been driven in part by an exodus of families from Austin who were priced out of that city by rising costs, including high property taxes. So Zwiener focused on the state’s broken public school finance system, which went underfunded as the Legislature fixated instead on things such as the bathroom bill and a succession of anti-abortion measures. “Once you explain to people that the reason they’re having a hard time affording to stay in their home is because the state stopped funding public schools, their party allegiances don’t matter that much,” she said.
"The Beto O'Rourke effect was magnified by strong down-ballot campaigns like Zwiener’s. Hays County, which no Democrat at the top of the ticket had carried since 1992, and which O’Rourke won by 15 points, has added almost 20,000 new voters since the 2016 election. A lot of the work of registering them and turning them out was done by Zwiener and her volunteers. Zwiener also had help from Indivisible, the grassroots organization that popped up after Trump’s election. Her campaign didn’t knock on a single door in the town of Wimber­ley (pop. 3,019), for instance, because it left that to the town’s Indivisible chapter, which, in addition to election work, also helps out immigrants who have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"This was a group that didn’t exist two years earlier, organizing in the kind of race that didn’t have a Democratic candidate two years earlier, a race that was ultimately won by a political novice who two years earlier had been sitting down to write about mules. I asked Zwiener if she planned to start up her memoir again now that the race was over.
"“We’ll see,” she said. “I think I gotta write a book about this first.”


"During her campaign, Zwiener pushed for public education funding, investments in renewable energy and Medicaid expansion."[5]

Left Up To US Closed Facebook group

Members of the Left Up To US closed Facebook group, as of March 27 2018 included Erin Zwiener,[6]