FederalFour Freshmen Texas Congressmen Defend U.S. House Chamber With Capitol Police

As other House members were evacuating, four new representatives from Texas stayed behind to help Capitol police hold the chamber.
January 6, 2021
During the anarchy that broke loose at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, several of Texas’ freshmen members helped secure the barricades to the House floor before it was reached by the mob, according to Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX-04).

According to Fallon, as the protesters breached into the Capitol, police initially told the representatives to stay put in the chamber, but then began evacuating members.

But since they were short-handed, Fallon, along with Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23), Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13), and Troy Nehls (R-TX-22), stayed behind to help.

All four members won their first election to Congress in November and were only sworn in a few days before the storming of the Capitol.

Fallon said that Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) was also there, as was Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who Fallon said “promised he’d be the last person to leave-standing guard while other members, both Democrats & Republicans were being evacuated to safety.”

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“The mob reached the actual doors to the House Chamber and there was visible concern on everyone’s faces and yet we stood our ground,” said Fallon.

He said that the group “broke off furniture to make clubs to defend” the House.

Jackson told Fallon, “I’m not going anywhere!”

“We then helped the police barricade the set of doors we were guarding with a large piece of furniture and we had stepped to the side to place it there and that’s when the small pieces of glass went flying. ‘SHOTS FIRED!’Someone screamed. ‘Rounds fired, rounds fired!!’ Shouted another. Those rounds, if that’s what caused that broken glass would have struck us just seconds before,” wrote Fallon.

Nehls stood at the barricade holding it alongside law enforcement who had handguns trained on protesters not more than a few feet away who were attempting to break into the chamber.

“What I’m witnessing inside the US Capitol is disgusting. Violent extremists stormed the Capitol and were breaching doors and breaking glass in the entrance to the House floor,” said Nehls, the former sheriff of Fort Bend County.

He added, “This is America, the greatest country in the world. We are better than this. We can disagree and protest but violence is NEVER the answer and must be [condemned] in the strongest terms.”

“I served our country because this does not happen here – it happens in war zones,” said Gonzales. “America is resilient. We will overcome this divide. Violent protestors are NOT patriots.”

Though the Senate chamber was eventually breached by the angry mob, the House chamber remained secure.

No representatives have yet been reported as injured, but one person was shot and died during the incident on Wednesday.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the House chamber was eventually breached.


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Daniel Friend is the Marketing and Media Manager for The Texan. After graduating with a double-major in Political Science and Humanities, he wrote for The Texan as a reporter through June 2022. In his spare time, you're likely to find him working on The Testimony of Calvin Lewis, an Abolition of Man-inspired novel and theatrical podcast.