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Texas's 16th congressional district

Texas District 16 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves El Paso and the surrounding area in the state of Texas. The current Representative is Democrat Veronica Escobar.

Texas's 16th congressional district
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Texas's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Veronica Escobar
DEl Paso
Distribution
  • 98.36[1]% urban
  • 1.64% rural
Population (2016)742,384[2]
Median income$45,563[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+17[4]

The district was initially created in 1903. For most of the next six decades, it stretched across 42,000 square miles (110,000 km2), from El Paso in the west to the Permian Basin (Midland and Odessa) in the east. However, after Texas' original 1960 district map was thrown out as a result of Wesberry v. Sanders, the 16th was shrunk down to the city of El Paso and most of its surrounding suburban communities.

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Result
2000 President Gore 59 - 41%
2004 President Kerry 56 - 44%
2008 President Obama 66 - 33%
2012 President Obama 64 - 35%
2016 President Clinton 67 - 27%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1903
 
William Robert Smith
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1917
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Thomas L. Blanton
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
Redistricted to the 17th district.
 
Claude Benton Hudspeth
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
R. Ewing Thomason
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
July 31, 1947
Resigned to become U.S. District Judge.
Vacant July 31, 1947 –
August 23, 1947
 
Kenneth M. Regan
Democratic August 23, 1947 –
January 3, 1955
Lost renomination.
 
J. T. Rutherford
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
Lost re-election.
 
Ed Foreman
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Lost re-election.
 
Richard C. White
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1983
Retired.
 
Ronald D. Coleman
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1997
Retired.
 
Silvestre Reyes
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2013
Lost renomination.
 
Beto O'Rourke
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Veronica Escobar
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
present
Elected in 2018.

Living former Members of the HouseEdit

As of March 2019, there are four living former members. The most recent to die was J. T. Rutherford (served 1955–1963) on November 6, 2006. The most recently serving to die was Richard Crawford White (served 1965–1983) on February 18, 1998.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Ed Foreman 1963–1965 (1933-12-22) December 22, 1933 (age 85)
Ronald D. Coleman 1983–1997 (1941-11-29) November 29, 1941 (age 77)
Silvestre Reyes 1997–2013 (1944-11-10) November 10, 1944 (age 75)
Beto O'Rourke 2013–2019 (1972-09-26) September 26, 1972 (age 47)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2007 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st= 48&cd= 16
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

Coordinates: 31°54′39″N 106°18′38″W / 31.91083°N 106.31056°W / 31.91083; -106.31056