Texas's 6th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives is in an area that includes Ellis and Navarro counties to the south and southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth area plus the southeast corner of Tarrant County. As of the 2010 census, the 6th district represented 698,498 people. The district is currently represented by Republican Jake Ellzey.
|Texas's 6th congressional district|
The district was represented by Joe Barton from 1985 until 2019. Other notable representatives include Olin "Tiger" Teague and Phil Gramm. The latter served as a Democrat, then notably resigned and ran as a Republican to win the ensuing special election.
A special election to fill the seat was held on May 1, 2021, with the winner being determined in a July 27 runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote. In the runoff, Republican state representative Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright (the widow of Ron Wright and the endorsee of former President Donald Trump), winning the seat.
Election results from presidential racesEdit
|2000||President||Bush 66 – 34%|
|2004||President||Bush 66 – 34%|
|2008||President||McCain 57 – 42%|
|2012||President||Romney 58 – 41%|
|2016||President||Trump 54 – 42%|
|2020||President||Trump 51 - 48%|
List of members representing the districtEdit
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||168,767||66.0||-4.3|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||91,927||60.5||-5.5|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||174,008||62.0||+1.5|
|Libertarian||Max Kock, III||6,655||2.4||-0.1|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||107,140||65.9||+3.9|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||145,019||58.0||-7.9|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||92,334||61.1||+3.1|
|Republican||Joe Barton (incumbent)||159,444||58.3||-2.8|
|Democratic||Ruby Faye Woolridge||106,667||39.0||+2.6|
|Democratic||Jana Lynne Sanchez||116,040||45.4||+6.4|
|Republican||Ron Wright (incumbent)||179,507||52.8||-0.3|
|Libertarian||Melanie A. Black||10,955||3.2||+1.7|
|Republican||John Anthony Castro||4,321||5.51|
|Democratic||Tammy Allison Holloway||4,238||5.41|
|Democratic||Daryl J. Eddings Sr.||1,652||2.11|
|Democratic||Manuel R. Salazar III||1,119||1.43|
|Democratic||Brian K. Stephenson||271||0.35|
|Republican||Jennifer Garcia Sharon||150||0.19|
This special election took place after Wright died from health complications related to COVID-19 on February 7, 2021.
Historical district boundariesEdit
Early in the district's history it stretched from the southern Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs all the way to Houston's northern suburbs. As Houston and DFW grew, the district shrank gradually northward, reaching its current boundaries today.
- Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
- "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". April 26, 2021.
- "Texas – Congressional District 6" (PDF). 2010.
- Leslie, Katie (November 30, 2017). "Rep. Joe Barton: I will not seek re-election". Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
- Ethan Cohen, Adam Levy and Clare Foran. "Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas' 6th District special election with tight race for second spot". CNN. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
- Svitek, Patrick. Gov. Greg Abbott sets July 27 as date of special election runoff to succeed late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, Texas Tribune, May 12, 2021.
- "Rep. Ron Wright of Arlington dies after 18-day battle with COVID-19". Dallas News. February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
- Fink, Jack (July 28, 2021). "After Ellzey Upsets Wright In Runoff Election, Tarrant County Republican And Democratic Parties Dissect Outcome". KTVT. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
Congressman-Elect Jake Ellzey may be sworn-in as early as Friday, July 30
- "Texas' 6th Congressional District's election results". www.texastribune.org. Texas Tribune. May 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
- "Rep. Ron Wright of Texas dies after hospitalization for Covid-19". NBC News. February 8, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
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- 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