Texas's 16th congressional district

Texas's 16th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives includes almost all of El Paso and most of its suburbs 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% urban[1]
  • 1.64% rural
Population (2019)747,648[2]
Median household
income
$49,013[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 (except a sliver in the east) and most of its surrounding suburban communities.

Since the 1990s, the 16th has been the only Democratic bastion in heavily Republican West Texas. While it has been a majority-Hispanic district since the 1970s, only two Hispanics have ever represented it, Silvestre Reyes and Escobar.

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%
2020 President Biden 66 - 32%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ess
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1903
 
William Robert Smith
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1917
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Thomas L. Blanton
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
65th Elected in 1916.
Redistricted to the 17th district.
 
Claude Benton Hudspeth
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1931
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
Elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
[data unknown/missing]
 
R. Ewing Thomason
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
July 31, 1947
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
Elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Resigned to become U.S. District Judge.
Vacant July 31, 1947 –
August 23, 1947
80th
 
Kenneth M. Regan
Democratic August 23, 1947 –
January 3, 1955
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected to finish Thomason's term.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Lost renomination.
 
J. T. Rutherford
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Lost re-election.
 
Ed Foreman
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
88th Elected in 1962.
Lost re-election.
 
Richard C. White
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1983
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
Elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Retired.
 
Ronald D. Coleman
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1997
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
Elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Retired.
 
Silvestre Reyes
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2013
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
Elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Lost renomination.
 
Beto O'Rourke
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Veronica Escobar
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
present
116th
117th
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
Incumbent.

Recent electionsEdit

2006Edit

2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Silvestre Reyes (incumbent) 61,116 78.67
Libertarian Gordon Strickland 16,572 21.33
Total votes 77,688 100.00
Democratic hold

2008Edit

2008 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Silvestre Reyes (incumbent) 130,375 82.14
Independent Ben Mendoza 16,348 10.30
Libertarian Mette Baker 12,000 7.56
Total votes 158,723 100.00
Democratic hold

2010Edit

2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Silvestre Reyes (incumbent) 49,301 58.08
Republican Tim Besco 31,051 36.58
Libertarian Bill Collins 4,319 5.09
Write-in 221 0.26
Total votes 84,892 100.00
Democratic hold

2012Edit

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beto O'Rourke 101,403 65.42
Republican Barbara Carrasco 51,043 32.93
Libertarian Junart Sodoy 2,559 1.65
Total votes 155,005 100.00
Democratic hold

2014Edit

2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beto O'Rourke (incumbent) 49,338 67.49
Republican Corey Roen 21,324 29.17
Libertarian Jaime Pérez 2,443 3.34
Total votes 73,105 100.00
Democratic hold

2016Edit

2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Beto O'Rourke (incumbent) 150,228 85.73
Libertarian Jaime Pérez 17,491 9.98
Green Mary Gourdoux 7,510 4.29
Total votes 175,229 100.00
Democratic hold

2018Edit

2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Veronica Escobar 124,437 68.46
Republican Rick Seeberger 49,127 27.03
Independent Ben Mendoza 8,147 4.48
Total votes 181,754 100.00
Democratic hold

2020Edit

2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas: District 16
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Veronica Escobar (incumbent) 154,108 64.72
Republican Irene Armendariz-Jackson 84,006 35.28
Total votes 238,114 100.00
Democratic hold

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