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Texas's 25th congressional district

Texas District 25 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that stretches from Fort Worth to Austin. The current Representative from District 25 is Roger Williams.

Texas's 25th congressional district
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Texas's 25th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Roger Williams
RWeatherford
Distribution
  • 67.47[1]% urban
  • 32.53% rural
Population (2016)762,897[2]
Median income$72,046[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+11[4]

21st century redistrictingsEdit

For the 2004 elections, it had an elongated shape stretching from deep south Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border to Austin (informally known as "the fajita strip") as a result of mid-decade 2003 gerrymandering of Texas congressional districts.

The district was redrawn again for the 2006 elections as the result of a lawsuit (see below).

In July 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law a redistricting plan ("C185"), approved by the Texas legislature in June, which gave the 25th district a completely different geography for the 2012 elections, including part of Travis County, and stretching north as far as southern Tarrant County near Fort Worth. The redistricting split Travis County into five districts, four of which were heavily Republican. As a result, the only realistic place for Representative Lloyd Doggett to run was the new 35th district (which by weight of population is more of a San Antonio district than an Austin district).

For a number of years, there was a consolidated lawsuit against the redistricting.[5][6] In March 2017, a panel of federal judges ruled that the new 35th district and two others were illegally drawn with discriminatory intent.[7] However, the district was allowed to stand in the Supreme Court's 2018 Abbott v. Perez ruling.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Note
District created January 3, 1983
  Michael A. Andrews Democratic January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1995 98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
  Ken Bentsen, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1995 - January 3, 2003 104th
105th
106th
107th
  Chris Bell Democratic January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2005 108th
  Lloyd Doggett Democratic January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2013 109th
110th
111th
112th
Redistricted from the 10th district, Redistricted to the 35th district
  Roger Williams Republican January 3, 2013 – Present 113th
114th
115th
116th

Living former Members of the HouseEdit

As of March 2019, there are four living former members.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Michael A. Andrews 1983–1995 (1944-02-07) February 7, 1944 (age 75)
Ken Bentsen Jr. 1995–2003 (1959-06-03) June 3, 1959 (age 60)
Chris Bell 2003–2005 (1959-11-23) November 23, 1959 (age 60)
Lloyd Doggett 2005–2013 (1946-10-06) October 6, 1946 (age 73)


Recent electionsEdit

2004 election resultsEdit

US House election, 2004: Texas District 25
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lloyd Doggett 108,309 67.6 +12.9
Republican Rebecca Klein 49,252 30.7 -12.4
Libertarian James Werner 2,656 1.7 +0.7
Majority 59,057 36.9
Turnout 160,217
Democratic hold Swing +12.6

2006 electionEdit

On June 28, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Texas legislature's 2003 redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act in the case of District 23. The main basis for the ruling was that the old 23rd was a protected majority-Hispanic district—in other words, if the 23rd was redrawn in a way to put Hispanics in a minority, a new majority-Hispanic district had to be created. Since the 25th was not compact enough to be an acceptable replacement, the 23rd had to be struck down. The size of the 23rd required the redrawing of nearly every district from El Paso to San Antonio.

As a result, on August 4, 2006, a three-judge panel announced replacement district boundaries for 2006 election for the 23rd district, as well as for the 15th, 21st, 25th and 28th districts. On election day in November, these five districts held open primaries; if any candidate received over 50%, they were elected. Otherwise, a runoff election in December decided the seat.[8]

The redrawn 25th was more compact and restricted to Central Texas, comprising more of Travis County, most of Bastrop County, and all of Hays, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, and Colorado Counties.[1]

Incumbent congressman Doggett faced Republican Grant Rostig (formerly the Libertarian nominee), independent candidate Brian Parrett, and Libertarian Party Barbara Cunningham, and won re-election.

2008 electionEdit

In the 2008 election Doggett faced Republican George Morovich, a structural engineer from La Grange and Libertarian Jim Stutsman, a retired Army veteran. Doggett won with 65.8% of the vote to Morovich's 30.5% and Stutsman's 3.7%. Doggett won 73.8% of the vote in his Austin-based stronghold of Travis County.

2010 electionEdit

Dogget faced Republican and "Tea Party favorite" Donna Campbell, and again held his seat, though by a surprisingly small margin.[9]

US House election, 2010: Texas District 25
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lloyd Doggett 99,853 53 -14.6
Republican Donna Campbell 84,780 45 +14.3
Libertarian Jim Stutsman 4,424 2 +0.3
Democratic hold Swing -14.5

2012 electionEdit

The new district boundaries were more favorable to Republicans, as had been foreseen.

US House election, 2012: Texas District 25
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roger Williams 154,245 58.4 +13.4
Democratic Elaine Henderson 98,827 37.4 -15.5
Libertarian Betsy Dewey 10,860 4.1 +2.1
Majority 55,418 21.00
Turnout 263,932 100
Republican gain from Democratic Swing +13.4

2014 electionEdit

US House election, 2014: Texas District 25[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roger Williams 107,120 60.21 +1.77
Democratic Marco Montoya 64,463 36.23 -1.21
Libertarian John Betz 6,300 3.54 -.57
Majority 42,657 23.98
Turnout 177,883 100 -32.6
Republican hold Swing +1.77

2016 electionEdit

US House election, 2016: Texas District 25[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roger Williams 180,988 58.35 -1.86
Democratic Kathi Thomas 117,073 37.74 +1.51
Libertarian Loren Marc Schneiderman 12,135 3.91 +.37
Majority 63,915 20.61 -3.37
Turnout 310,196 100 +75.1
Republican hold Swing -1.86

2018 electionEdit

US House election, 2018: Texas District 25[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roger Williams 163,023 53.53 -4.82
Democratic Julie Oliver 136,385 44.78 +7.04
Libertarian Desarae Lindsey 5,145 1.69 -2.22
Majority 26,638 8.75 -11.86
Turnout 304,553 100 -1.82
Republican hold Swing -4.82

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=48&cd=25
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=48&cd=25
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Riding the Pinwheel", Lee Nichols, The Austin Chronicle, August 26, 2011
  6. ^ Lawsuit charges racial bias in redistricting maps, Tim Eaton, Austin American-Statesman Sept. 5, 2011
  7. ^ "Federal Court Rules Three Texas Congressional Districts Illegally Drawn" by Laurel Wamsley, NPR, March 11, 2017
  8. ^ "Austin American-Statesman 4 August 2006".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Doggett Declares Victory", Austin Chronicle November 2, 2010.
  10. ^ Texas Office of the Secretary of State "2014 General Election"
  11. ^ Texas Office of the Secretary of State "2016 General Election"
  12. ^ Texas Office of the Secretary of State "2018 General Election"

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