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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 did not run for re-election in 2018.[4] Chip Roy was elected on November 6th and is congressman-elect.

Texas's 21st congressional district
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Texas's 21st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeLamar Smith (RSan Antonio)
Distribution
  • 78.15[1]% urban
  • 21.85% rural
Population (2016)804,470[2]
Median income68,987
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+10[3]

Contents

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Note
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 – January 3, 2019 Incumbent. Retiring.
Chip Roy Republican Elect. Term starting January 3, 2019.

ElectionsEdit

2006Edit

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.[5]

In the 2006 election, Lamar Smith defeated veteran and college administrator John Courage with 60% of the vote.

2010Edit

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.

2012Edit

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). [6]

2018Edit

Lamar Smith will not be running for reelection in 2018.[7]

On the Republican side of the ticket, Attorney Chip Roy (R) served as chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and senior advisor to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).[8].

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.[9] The primary election took place on March 6, 2018. [10] After a runoff against Mary Street Wilson, Joseph Kopser won the May 22, 2018 Democratic primary with 58% of the vote.[11]

Election resultsEdit

US House election, 2016: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Smith (Incumbent) 202,523 57.00
Democratic Tom Wakely 129,253 36.40
Libertarian Mark Loewe 14,698 4.10
Green Tony Diaz 8,520 2.40
Total votes 354,994 100.0
US House election, 2014: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Smith (Incumbent) 135,513 71.80
Libertarian Ryan Shields 25,483 13.50
Green Antonio Diaz 27,782 14.70
Total votes 188,778 100.0
US House election, 2012: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Smith (Incumbent) 187,015 60.55
Democratic Candace E. Duval 109,326 35.40
Libertarian John-Henry Liberty 12,524 4.05
Total votes 308,865 100.0
US House election, 2010: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lamar Smith 169,924 68.9 -11.09
Democratic Lainey Melnick 65,834 27.9 +3.39
Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 7,687 3.3 -16.7
Majority 96929
Turnout 236,284
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2008: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lamar Smith 243,471 79.99 +19.89
Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 60,879 20 +18
Majority 182,592
Turnout 304,350
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2006: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lamar Smith 122,486 60.1 -1.4
Democratic John Courage 49,957 24.51 -10.99
Democratic Gene Kelly 18,355 9
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
Majority
Turnout 203,782
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2004: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lamar Smith 209,774 61.5 -11.4
Democratic Rhett Smith 121,129 35.5 +10.2
Libertarian Jason Pratt 10,216 3.0 +1.1
Majority 88,645 26.0
Turnout 341,119
Republican hold Swing -10.8

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2007 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (State-based)". www.census.gov. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Livingston, Abby (November 2, 2017). "Lamar Smith retiring from Congress". The Texas Tribune. Austin, Texas. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Austin American-Statesman[permanent dead link] accessed 4 August 2006; link broken 18 October 2006
  6. ^ "Texas' 21st Congressional District elections, 2012". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "Lamar Smith won't seek reelection to House". www.politico.com. November 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Meet the Next Ted Cruz". www.politico.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Who's on the Texas primary ballots in 2018?". apps.texastribune.org. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Important 2018 Election dates". www.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Texas Primary Runoff Election Results: 21st House District". Retrieved July 26, 2018.

Coordinates: 30°03′28″N 98°58′31″W / 30.05778°N 98.97528°W / 30.05778; -98.97528