texas house of representatives

Pug

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

He asked me if I was going to be white my whole life. I was, of course. But because of our friendship, I’m no longer the clueless upper-middle-class kid I once was.

Citing health issues, Charlie Howard will not seek reelection

Sep 12, 2011 By Paul Burka

Most of us in the Capitol press corps know little about the members we watch every day. As it happened, Charlie Howard changed the world. Who knew that (quoting from his bio) “Rep. Howard and his wife, Jo, came to Houston in 1970 from Alabama where they had both worked on…

Gallego opts for Congress

Sep 6, 2011 By Paul Burka

Pete Gallego’s decision not to seek reelection to the Texas House is a true loss for the body. Gallego has been a great member who has grown in stature during the years of Republican domination. His deep voice was instantly recognizable and his calm demeanor helped soothe some difficult moments.

Have House D’s reached their high-water mark?

Nov 30, 2008 By Paul Burka

My colleague and friend Patricia Kilday Hart has written an excellent story about the speaker's race that appears in the November 28 issue of the Texas Observer. (We will have competing stories, as I have "written" one that will appear in our January issue. You will see why "written" is in quotes when the issue comes out around a week from now.) In her story, Hart writes, "Now Democrats are poised to win back control of the House at the close of the decade, just in time for the next round of legislative redistricting." This made me wonder: Are the Democrats "poised to win back control of the House?" Or are they approaching their high-water mark? Here's the list of all House seats won by Republicans, with district number, opposition (U = unopposed, L = libertarian only, D = Democrat only, DL = Democrat and Libertarian), and percentages of R and D candidates. Races in bold-face indicate potential swing districts. My comments follow the list. 2 -- Flynn, L 4 -- B. Brown, DL, 63.61 - 35.17 5 -- Hughes, U 6 -- Berman, L 7 -- Merritt, L 8 -- B. Cook, U 9 -- Christian, DL, 62.75 - 35.39 10 - Pitts, L 13 - Kolkhorst, U 14 - F. Brown, L 15 - Eissler, U 16 - Creighton, U 17 - Kleinschmidt, DL, 53.99 - 42.84 18 - Otto, 65.43, D, 68.54 - 31.45 19 - Hamilton, DL, 63.92 - 33.98 20 - Gattis, DL, 64.70 - 30.52 24 - Taylor, L 25 - Bonnen, L 26 - C. Howard, U 28 - Zerwas, DL, 60.22 - 38.02 29 - Weber, D, 60.47 - 39.52 30 - Morrison, U 31 - Hunter, DL, 50.13 - 46.79 44 - Kuempel, L 53 - Hildebran, L 54 - Aycock, L 55 - Sheffield, DL, 53.92 - 43.38 56 - Anderson, L 57 - Orr, DL, 70.54 - 26.21 59 - S. Miller, DL, 61.64 - 35.80 60 - Keffer, D, 76.76 - 23.23 61 - P. King, DL, 72.52 - 24.19 62 - Phillips, D, 68.40 - 31.59 63 - Parker, DL, 72.97 - 22.65 64 - Crownover, DL, 56.95 - 39.39 65 - Solomons, L 66 - McCall, L 67 - Madden, L 68 - Hardcastle, U 70 - Paxton, L 71 - S. King, L 72 - Darby, L 73 - D. Miller, DL, 69.43 - 25.96 81 - Lewis, L 82 - Craddick, DL, 62.12 - 35.30 83 - Jones, U 84 - Isett, U 86 - Smithee, DL, 78.68 - 18.26 87 - Swinford, L 88 - Chisum, U 89 -Laubenberg, U 91 - Hancock, DL, 61.27 - 35.91 92 - T. Smith, D, 63.72 -36.27 94 - Patrick, L 97 - Shelton, DL, 55.33 - 42.57 98 - Truitt, DL, 70.42 - 26.64 99 - Geren, DL, 64.79 - 32.41 105 - Harper-Brown, DL, 48.72- 48.67 (still undecided) 108 - Branch, D, 60.60 - 39.39 112 - Button, DL, 56.06 - 39.64 113 - Driver, D, 58.50 - 41.49 114 - Hartnett, U 115 - Jackson, L 121 - Straus, L 122 - Corte, DL, 66.03-29.89 126 - Harless, DL, 59.40 - 38.41 127 - Crabb, DL, 65.64 - 32.29 128 - W. Smith, U 129 - Davis, D, 58.51 - 41.58 130 - Fletcher, L 132 - Callegari, L 135 - Elkins, DL, 58.39 - 39.94 136 - Woolley, L 138 - Bohac, D, 59.00 - 40.99 144 - Legler, D, 51.15 - 48.84 150 - Riddle, DL, 64.34 - 33.53 The most important thing about this list is that 40 of the 76 Republican seats were uncontested by Democrats. Of the 36 contested seats, Republicans won 23 of these with more than 60% of the vote. This means that 63 of the 76 Republican seats are safe seats, unless something unforeseeable occurs, such as a scandal. This leaves the Democrats with 13 seats to work with. Let's take a look at them: