While she resides in Phoenix, several Texas congressional delegation members have remained in close contact with the State Department over this matter. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents the Houston area where Griner grew up, along with U.S. Rep. Colin Allred — a fellow Baylor University athlete and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — are closely engaged with securing her release.

This article was written by ABBY LIVINGSTON of The Texas Tribune.  The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  This article originally appeared at: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/04/brittney-griner-sentenced-russia-guilty/