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Texas's 18th congressional district

Texas District 18 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves much of inner city Houston and the surrounding area. It has been the Downtown Houston district since 1972. The current Representative from District 18 is Sheila Jackson Lee.

Texas's 18th congressional district
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Texas's 18th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Sheila Jackson Lee
DHouston
Distribution
  • 99.94[1]% urban
  • 0.06% rural
Population (2016)787,352[2]
Median income$45,584[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+27[4]

It was held by Barbara Jordan, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South (in 1972), who was praised by many for her powerful presence in that body, and in particular, for her oratory skills.[5]

Since the district was moved to Houston in 1972, it has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election. The district gave George McGovern 69% in 1972 and Walter Mondale 72% in 1984.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Note
District created March 4, 1919
  J. Marvin Jones Democratic March 4, 1919 - November 20, 1940 66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
Redistricted from the 13th district, Resigned after being appointed judge of the US Court of Claims
Vacant November 20, 1940 – January 3, 1941
  Eugene Worley Democratic January 3, 1941 - April 3, 1950 77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
Resigned after being appointed judge of the US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
  Ben H. Guill Republican May 6, 1950 – January 3, 1951 81st Won special election on May 6, 1950
  Walter E. Rogers Democratic January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1967 82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
  Bob Price Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973 90th
91st
92nd
Redistricted to the 13th district
  Barbara Jordan Democratic January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1979 93rd
94th
95th
  Mickey Leland Democratic January 3, 1979 - August 7, 1989 96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
Died
Vacant August 7, 1989 – December 9, 1989
  Craig Washington Democratic December 9, 1989 - January 3, 1995 101st
102nd
103rd
  Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic January 3, 1995 – Present 104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Incumbent

Living former Members of the HouseEdit

As of March 2019, there is one living former member. The most recent to die was Bob Price (served 1967–1973) on August 24, 2004. The most recent to die was Mickey Leland (served 1979–1989), who died in office on August 7, 1989.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Craig Washington 1989–1995 (1941-10-12) October 12, 1941 (age 78)

Election resultsEdit

US House election, 2018: Texas District 18[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee (incumbent) 138,704 75.3
Republican Ava Reynero Pate 38,368 20.8
Libertarian Luke Spencer 4,067 2.2
Independent Vince Duncan 3,193 1.7
Total votes 184,332 100.0
Democratic hold


US House election, 2016: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 150,157 73.50
Republican Lori Bartley 48,306 23.64
Green Thomas Kleven 5,845 2.86
Majority 101,851 49.85
Turnout 204,308 55.96
Democratic hold Swing
US House election, 2014: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 76,097 71.78
Republican Sean Seibert 26,249 24.76
Green Remington Alessi 1,302 1.23
Independent Vince Duncan 2,376 2.23
Majority 49,848 47.02
Turnout 106,010 30.60
Democratic hold Swing
US House election, 2012: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 146,223 75.01
Republican Sean Seibert 44,015 22.58
Libertarian Christopher Barber 4,694 2.41
Majority 102,208 52.43
Turnout 194,932 58.79
Democratic hold Swing
US House election, 2010: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 85,108 70.15
Republican John Faulk 33,067 27.26
Libertarian Mike Taylor 3,118 2.57
Independent Charles B. Meyer (Write-in) 28 0.02
Majority 52,041 42.89
Turnout 125,968 36.73
Democratic hold Swing
US House election, 2008: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 148,617 77.32
Republican John Faulk 39,095 20.34
Libertarian Mike Taylor 4,486 2.33
Majority 109,522 56.98
Turnout 192,295 82.5
Democratic hold Swing

In popular cultureEdit

In the TV series The West Wing, Texas's 18th congressional district was represented by fictional Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos.

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2007 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=48&cd=18
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=48&cd=18
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Before Things Went to Hell". This American Life.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference txsos was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

Coordinates: 29°49′07″N 95°15′13″W / 29.81861°N 95.25361°W / 29.81861; -95.25361