Texas's 21st congressional district
Texas District 21 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves the area north of San Antonio and a significant portion of Austin in the state of Texas. The current Representative from District 21 is Lamar Smith. He is not running for re-election in 2018.
|Texas's 21st congressional district|
Texas's 21st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Current Representative||Lamar Smith (R–San Antonio)|
List of representativesEdit
|District created||January 3, 1935|
|Charles L. South||Democratic||January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1943|
|O. C. Fisher||Democratic||January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1974||Retired|
|Vacant||December 31, 1974 – January 3, 1975|
|Bob Krueger||Democratic||January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979|
|Tom Loeffler||Republican||January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987|
|Lamar Smith||Republican||January 3, 1987–present||Incumbent|
In the case of League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, 548 U. S. 399 (2006), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the configuration of Texas' 15th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 28th congressional districts as drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. Replacement district boundaries for 2006 election were subsequently issued for the five districts by the local federal district court, and on election day in November, these five districts had open primaries, with a candidate being elected if he or she received over 50 percent of the vote, and runoff elections in December to decide elections in which no candidate gained an absolute majority in November.
In the 2006 election, Lamar Smith defeated veteran and college administrator John Courage with 60% of the vote.
In the 2010 election, Lamar Smith defeated Lainey Melnick with 68.9 percent of the vote. Melnick, an Austin real estate broker, officially filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on June 23, 2009 to become a candidate.
Incumbent Lamar Smith faced five challengers in the 2012 general election on November 6, 2012: Candace Duval (Dem), John-Henry Liberty (Lib), Fidel Castillo (Grn), Bill Stout (Grn), and Carlos Pena (Ind).
Lamar Smith will not be running for reelection in 2018. On the Democratic side, four candidates are running to replace him: Joseph Kopser, entrepreneur and Army veteran; Derrick Crowe, activist; Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle; and Mary Wilson, pastor. The primary election will be held on March 6, 2018. 
|Republican||Lamar Smith (Incumbent)||202,523||57.00|
|Republican||Lamar Smith (Incumbent)||135,513||71.80|
|Republican||Lamar Smith (Incumbent)||187,015||60.55|
|Democratic||Candace E. Duval||109,326||35.40|
|Libertarian||James Arthur Strohm||7,687||3.3||-16.7|
|Libertarian||James Arthur Strohm||60,879||20||+18|
|Independent||Tommy Ray Calvert Jr||5,280||2.59|
|Libertarian||James Arthur Strohm||4,076||2.0||-1.0|
|Independent||James Lyle Peterson||2,189||1.07|
|Independent||Mark J. Rossano||1,439||0.7|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- Livingston, Abby (November 2, 2017). "Lamar Smith retiring from Congress". The Texas Tribune. Austin, Texas. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Austin American-Statesman accessed 4 August 2006; link broken 18 October 2006
- Lamar Smith draws Democratic challenger - Austin American Statesman
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present