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TEXAS

TexasPopulation: 27,469,114 (2015)

Filing deadline: December 14, 2016.

Primary: March 1, Run-Off May 24, 2016.

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Texas (R+10) is a conservative state where the Democrats are hoping to become competitive with the growing share of Hispanics. So far, no luck though. Texas is 50% White, 11% Black and 34% Hispanic as of 2010.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 38. Texas is a solid GOP state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Ted Cruz. (Pic: Congress)

Ted Cruz. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Ted Cruz (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Commerce, Judiciary, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ted Cruz

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Ted Cruz (b.1970) had several jobs in the Bush II-administration and was then appointed Solicitor General of Texas. He defeated then Lieutenant General David Dewhurst in the 2012 primary and took 56% in November. His uncompromising brand of Conservatism contributed to his loss in the Presidential primaries in 2016.

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John Cornyn. (Pic: Congress)

John Cornyn. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: John Cornyn (R)
Committees: Finance, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Cornyn

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2020.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer, judge and Attorney General John Cornyn (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and won re-election in 2014 with 62%. He is currently Chief Whip of the GOP Senate caucus.

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Representatives: 36 Representatives; 11 Democrats and 25 Republicans.

Louie Gohmert. (Pic: Congress)

Louie Gohmert. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Louie Gohmert (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeShirley McKellar
Republican nominee: Louie Gohmert

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+24) covers eastern Texas, along the Louisiana border. It is 68% White, 17% Black and 12% Hispanic. Veteran and former judge Louie Gohmert (b.1953) was first elected in 2004, when he defeated an incumbent Democrat. He won re-election in 2014 with 77%. Veteran and non-profit group founder Shirley McKellar is running for the Dems for the third time.

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Ted Poe. (Pic: Congress)

Ted Poe. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Ted Poe (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nomineePat Bryan
Republican nominee: Ted Poe

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+16) runs in a circle around appx. 3/4 of Houston and takes in outer areas of the city, with suburbs. It is 54% White, 9% Black, 28% Hispanic and 7% Asian. Judge Ted Poe (b.1948) was first elected in 2004, when he beat an incumbent Democrat. He was re-elected with 68% in 2014. The Dems are running electrical engineer Pat Bryan.

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Sam Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

Sam Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Sam Johnson (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeAdam Bell
Republican nominee: Sam Johnson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+17) includes the northern and northeastern suburbs of Dallas and is 65% White, 13% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Veteran and contractor Sam Johnson (b.1930) won a special election in 1991 and took 82% in 2014. The Dems nominated title agency owner Adam Bell.

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John Ratcliffe. (Pic: Congress)

John Ratcliffe. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: John Ratcliffe (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: John Ratcliffe

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+25) covers the northeastern parts of Texas, aka. Texarkana, including Paris and some northeastern suburbs of Dallas. It is 77% White, 10% Black and 10% Hispanic. Mayor and Federal Prosecutor John Ratcliffe (b.1965) beat the incumbent GOP Congressman in the 2014 primary and had no Democratic opposition in November.

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Jeb Hensarling. (Pic: Congress)

Jeb Hensarling. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Jeb Hen­sar­ling (R)
Committees: Financial Services (Chair).

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Jeb Hen­sar­ling

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+17) covers the areas east and southeast of Dallas. It is 63% White, 13% Black and 21% Hispanic. Lawyer and businessman Jeb Hen­sar­ling (b.1957) was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2016 with 85%.

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Joe Barton. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Barton. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Joe Barton (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineeRuby Woolridge
Republican nominee: Joe Barton

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+11) includes suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is 59% White, 17% Black and 18% Hispanic. Businessman Joe Barton (b.1949) was first elected in1984 and won re-election with 61% in 2014. The Dems nominated teacher and pastor Ruby Woolridge.

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John Culberson. (Pic: Congress)

John Culberson. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: John Cul­berson (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeJames Cargas
Republican nominee: John Cul­berson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+13) contains some of the wealthiest parts of western Houston, with suburbs. It is 51% White, 11% Black, 27% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Lawyer and State Representative John Cul­berson (b.1956) was first elected in 2000. He won re-election with 63% in 2014 against lawyer and former Bill Clinton aide James Cargas, who is running again.

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Kevin Brady. (Pic: Congress)

Kevin Brady. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Kevin Brady (R)
Committees: Ways and Means (Chair).

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Kevin Brady

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+29) covers the areas north of Houston, including some northern suburbs. It is 72% White, 8% Black and 17% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Kevin Brady (b.1955) was first elected in 1996 and took 89% in 2014.

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Al Green. (Pic: Congress)

Al Green. (Pic: Congress)

District 9 Representative: Al Green (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Al Green
Republican nominee: Jeff Martin

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+25) contains the southern and southwestern parts of Houston. It is 14% White, 38% Black, 34% Hispanic and 13% Asian. Lawyer and judge Al Green (b.1947) was first elected in 2004 and got almost 91% in 2014. The GOP is running Jeff Martin.

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Mike McCaul. (Pic: Congress)

Mike McCaul. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Mike McCaul (R)
Committees: Homeland Security (Chair), Science, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nomineeTawana Cadien
Republican nominee: Mike McCaul

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+11) covers northwestern suburbs of Houston, stretching all the way to the northern parts of Austin. It is 62% White, 10% Black and 23% Hispanic. Lawyer and Assistant State Attorney General Mike McCaul (b.1962) was first elected in 2004 and won 61% in 2014 against nurse Tawana Cadien, who is running again.

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Mike Conaway. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Conaway. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Mike Conaway (R)
Committees: Agriculture (Chair), Armed Forces, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Mike Conaway

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+31) covers the central and western parts of Texas, including Midland and Odessa. It is 66% White and 28% Hispanic. Accountant Mike Conaway (b.1948) was first elected in 2004 and got 90% in 2014.

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Kay Granger. (Pic: Congress)

Kay Granger. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Kay Granger (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Bill Bradshaw
Republican nominee: Kay Granger

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers the western parts of Fort Worth, with suburbs. It is 71% White and 17% Hispanic. Forth Worth Mayor Kay Granger (b.1943) was first elected in 1996 and re-elected with 71% in 2014. The Dems are running Bill Bradshaw.

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William-Thornberry. (Pic: Congress)

William-Thornberry. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry (R)
Committees: Armed Forces (Chair).

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+32) covers the Panhandle west of Oklahoma, and a splinter southeast along the state border, including Amarillo. It is 71% White and 20% Hispanic. Lawyer and farmer Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry (b.1958) was first elected in 1994 and won re-election with 84% in 2014.

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Randy Weber. (Pic: Congress)

Randy Weber. (Pic: Congress)

District 14
Representative: Randy Weber (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Science.

Democratic nomineeMichael Cole
Republican nominee: Randy Weber

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+12) covers the southeastern corner of Texas, running along the southern Louisiana border and down the coast. It includes Galveston and southeastern suburbs of Houston. It is 57% White, 20% Black and 19% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Randy Weber (b.1953) won the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2012, and was re-elected in 2014 with 82%. The Dems are fielding teacher Michael Cole.

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Ruben Hinojosa. (Pic: Congress)

Ruben Hinojosa. (Pic: Congress)

District 15
Representative: Ruben Hinojosa (D) C
ommittees
: Education, Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeVicente Gonzalez
Republican nomineeTim Westley

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (D+5) is long and thin, stretching from the Mexican border in the south all the way to the northeastern suburbs of San Antonio in the north. It is 19% White and 77% Hispanic. Businessman Ruben Hinojosa (b.1940) was first elected in 1996 and received 54% in 2014. He is not running in 2016. The Democrats nominated wealthy lawyer Vicente Gonzalez. The GOP nominated pastor Tim Westley.

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Beto O’Rourke. (Pic: Congress)

Beto O’Rourke. (Pic: Congress)

District 16
Representative: Beto O’Rourke (D) C
ommittees
: Armed Forces, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Beto O’Rourke
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+12) basically covers El Paso. It is 17% White and 78% Hispanic. Businessman and El Paso Councilman Beto O’Rourke (b.1972) defeated an incumbent in the 2012 primary and was re-elected with 67% in 2014.

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Bill Flores. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Flores. (Pic: Congress)

District 17
Representative: Bill Flores (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Bill Matta
Republican nominee: Bill Flores

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+13) lies in eastern Texas and includes Waco and northern suburbs of Austin. It is 62% White, 12% Black and 20% Hispanic. Businessman Bill Flores (b.1954) was first elected in 2010, when he defeated an incumbent Democrat. Han won 65% in 2014. The Dems are running professor Bill Matta.

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Sheila Jackson-Lee. (Pic: Congress)

Sheila Jackson-Lee. (Pic: Congress)

District 18
Representative: Sheila Jackson-Lee (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: Sheila Jackson-Lee
Republican nomineeLori Bartley

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (D+24) covers most of central Houston, It is 20% White, 41% Black and 34% Hispanic. Judge and Houston City Councilwoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (b.1950) was first elected in 1994 and took 72% in 2014. The GOP nominated business consultant Lori Bartley.

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Randy Neugebauer. (Pic: Congress)

Randy Neugebauer. (Pic: Congress)

District 19
Representative: Randy Neuge­bauer (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Financial Services, Science.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeJodey Arrington

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (R+26) lies in northwestern Texas and includes Lubbock and Abilene. It is 62% White and 29% Hispanic. Businessman Randy Neuge­bauer (b.1949) won a special election in 2003 and got 77% in 2014, but is not running for re-election. The GOP nominated former George W. Bush aide Jodey Arrington.

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Joaquin Castro. (Pic: Congress)

Joaquin Castro. (Pic: Congress)

District 20
Representative: Joaquin Castro (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Joaquin Castro
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+6) covers western parts of San Antonio, with suburbs. It is 27% White and 65% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Joaquin Castro (b.1974) was first elected in 2012 and took 76% in 2014.

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Lamar Smith. (Pic: Congress)

Lamar Smith. (Pic: Congress)

District 21
Representative: Lamar Smith (R)
Committees: Science (Chair), Homeland Security, Judicary.

Democratic nomineeTom Wakely
Republican nominee: Lamar Smith

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+12) runs from the northern parts of San Antonio to the southern parts of Austin, plus a large area north and northwest of San Antonio. It is 67% White and 25% Hispanic. Lawyer Lamar Smith (b.1947) was first elected in 1986 and won 72% in 2014. The Dems nominated hospice care provider Tom Wakely.

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Pete Olson. (Pic: Congress)

Pete Olson. (Pic: Congress)

District 22
Representative: Pete Olson (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineeMark Gibson
Republican nominee: Pete Olson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+15) covers areas south and southwest of Houston. It is 48% White, 12% Black, 22% Hispanic and 16% Asian. Lawyer and veteran Pete Olson (b.1962) worked on the staffs of Senators Phil Gramm and John Cornyn. He was first elected in 2008 and won 67% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Mark Gibson.

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Will Hurd. (Pic: Congress)

Will Hurd. (Pic: Congress)

District 23
Representative: Will Hurd (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Oversight.

Democratic nomineePete Gallego
Republican nomineeWill Hurd

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Leans Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+3) covers most of southwestern Texas, from the suburbs of El Paso to the suburbs San Antonio. It is 29% White and 66% Hispanic. Former CIA-agent Will Hurd (b.1977) won the district from incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego in 2014, with less than 50%. Gallego is gunning for a re-match.

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Kenny Marchant. (Pic: Congress)

Kenny Marchant. (Pic: Congress)

District 24
Representative: Kenny Mar­chant (R)
Committees: Ethics, Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeJan McDowell
Republican nominee: Kenny Mar­chant

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+13) contains the northern suburbs of both Fort Worth and Dallas. It is 57% White, 10% Black, 20% Hispanic and 11% Asian. Businessman and State Representative Kenny Mar­chant (b.1951) was first elected in 2004 and took 65% in 2014. The Dems nominated businesswoman Jan McDowell.

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Roger Williams. (Pic: Congress)

Roger Williams. (Pic: Congress)

District 25
Representative: Roger Wil­liams (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Kathi Thomas
Republican nominee: Roger Wil­liams

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+12) contains the southern suburbs of Fort Worth and runs to areas southwest of Austin. It is 73% White and 15% Hispanic. Businessman Roger Wil­liams (b.1949) has had several jobs in the State administration and for the Republican Party in Texas. He was first elected in 2012 and took 60% in 2014. The Dems are fielding activist Kathi Thomas.

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Michael Burgess. (Pic: Congress)

Michael Burgess. (Pic: Congress)

District 26
Representative: Michael Bur­gess (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Rules.

Democratic nomineeEric Mauck
Republican nominee: Michael Bur­gess

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+20) covers the outer, northern suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is 72% White and 15% Hispanic. Physician Michael Bur­gess (b.1950) was first elected in 2002 and won 83% in 2014. The Dems nominated filmmaker Eric Mauck.

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Blake Farenthold. (Pic: Congress)

Blake Farenthold. (Pic: Congress)

District 27
Representative: Blake Farent­hold (R)
Committees: Justice, Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Roy Barrera
Republican nominee: Blake Farent­hold

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+13) covers the central coastal areas, including Corpus Christi, with a sliver going up to the southeastern suburbs of Austin. It is 47% White and 45% Hispanic. Businessman and lawyer Blake Farent­hold (b.1961) beat an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and took 64% in 2014. He was accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer, but settled in court and was exonerated by the House Ethics Committee. He only won 56% in the primary against an unknown opponent, so he may be vulnerable against someone better known in 2018. The Democrats nominated Court security officer Roy Barrera.

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Henry Cuellar. (Pic: Congress)

Henry Cuellar. (Pic: Congress)

District 28
Representative: Henry Cuellar (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Henry Cuellar
Republican nomineeZeffen Hardin

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+7) runs from the Mexican border in the south, up to the western suburbs of San Antonio in the north. It is 21% White and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Henry Cuellar (b.1955) was first elected in 2004 and took 82% in 2014. The GOP nominated oil worker and veteran Zeffen Hardin.

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Gene Green. (Pic: Congress)

Gene Green. (Pic: Congress)

District 29
Representative: Gene Green (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Gene Green
Republican nominee: Julio Garza

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+12) covers the outer, eastern parts of Houston, with suburbs. It is 15% White, 10% Black and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer Gene Green (b.1947) was first elected in 1992 and got 90% in 2014. The GOP is running Julio Garza.

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Bernice Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

Bernice Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

District 30
Representative: Ber­nice Johnson (D)
Committees: Science (Ranking), Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Ber­nice Johnson
Republican nomineeCharles Lingerfelt

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+27) covers the minority areas of southern Dallas, with suburbs. It is 21% White, 45% Black and 31% Hispanic. Nurse and State Senator Ber­nice Johnson (b.1935) was first elected in 1992 and took 88% in 2014. The GOP is running restaurant owner Charles Lingerfelt.

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John Carter. (Pic: Congress)

John Carter. (Pic: Congress)

District 31
Representative: John Carter (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeMike Clark
Republican nominee: John Carter

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+12) covers the outer, northern suburbs of Austin, running along I-35 north to Temple. It is 64% White, 11% Black and 20% Hispanic. Judge John Carter (b.1941) was first elected in 2002 and took 64% in 2014. The Dems are running geologist Mike Clark.

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Pete Sessions. (Pic: Congress)

Pete Sessions. (Pic: Congress)

District 32
Representative: Pete Ses­sions (R)
Committees: Rules (Chair).

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Pete Ses­sions

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+10) covers northern and northeastern suburbs of Dallas, including the current home of former President George W. Bush. It is 58% White, 11% Black and 22% Hispanic. Businessman Pete Ses­sions (b.1955) was first elected in 1996 and took 62% in 2014.

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Mark Veasy. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Veasy. (Pic: Congress)

District 33
Representative: Mark Veasey (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Science.

Democratic nominee: Mark Veasey
Republican nomineeMonte Mark Mitchell

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+18) includes central Fort Worth and runs east to central Dallas. It is 20% White, 17% Black and 60% Hispanic. State Representative Mark Veasy (b.1971) was first elected in 2012 and took 87% in 2014. The GOP is running physician and lawyer Monte Mark Mitchell.

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Filemon Vela. (Pic: Congress)

Filemon Vela. (Pic: Congress)

District 34
Representative: Filemon Vela (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: Filemon Vela
Republican nomineeRey Gonzalez

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+8) runs along the southern coastline from Brownsville up to Corpus Christi and then northwest to the eastern suburbs of San Antonio. It is 18% White and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer Filemon Vela (b.1963) was first elected in 2012 and took 60% in 2104. The GOP is running lawyer and physician Rey Gonzalez.

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Lloyd Doggett. (Pic: Congress)

Lloyd Doggett. (Pic: Congress)

District 35
Representative: Lloyd Dog­gett (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Lloyd Dog­gett
Republican nomineeSusan Narvaiz

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (D+11) runs from the eastern parts of San Antonio to the southern and eastern parts og Austin. It is 30% White, 10% Black and 58% Hispanic. State Senator and judge Lloyd Dog­gett (b.1946) was first elected in 1994 and took 62% in 2014. The GOP is running business consultant and former San Marco Mayor Susan Narvaiz.

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Brian Babin. (Pic: Congress)

Brian Babin. (Pic: Congress)

District 36
Representative: Brian Babin (R)
Committees: Science, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeBrian Babin

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+25) runs from the state border with Louisiana to Houston’s southern and eastern suburbs. It is 69% White, 9% Black and 18% Hispanic. Dentist Brian Babin (b.1948) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 with 76%.

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STATE LEVEL

Greg Abbott. (Pic: State of TX)

Greg Abbott. (Pic: State of TX)

Governor: Greg Abbott (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Greg Abbott

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former judge and State Attorney General Greg Abbott (b.1957) was elected with 59% in 2014. He has been in a wheelchair since a tree fell on him in 1984.

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Dan Patrick. (Pic: State of TX)

Dan Patrick. (Pic: State of TX)

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDan Patrick

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governer is nominated and elected separately in Texas. Former State Senator Dan Patrick (b.1950) beat the incumbent Republican in the primary in 2014 and won in November with 58%.

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Glenn Hegar. (Pic: State of TX)

Glenn Hegar. (Pic: State of TX)

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeGlenn Hegar

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and former State Representative and State Senator Glenn Hegar (b.1970) took 58% in 2014.

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Ken Paxton. (Pic: State of TX)

Ken Paxton. (Pic: State of TX)

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeKen Paxton

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and former State Senator Ken Paxton (b.1962) took 59% in 2014. He is currently under Federal investigation for fraud.

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Sid Miller. (Pic: State of TX)

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeSid Miller

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Teacher and former State Representative Sid Miller (b.1955) was elected with 59% in 2014.

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George P. Bush. (Pic: State of TX)

George P. Bush. (Pic: State of TX)

Land Commissioner George P. Bush (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeGeorge P. Bush

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The grandchild of President George Bush, the son of Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush, lawyer, veteran and businessman George Prescott Bush (b.1976) was elected with 61% in 2014.

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David Porter. (Pic: State of TX)

David Porter. (Pic: State of TX)

Railroad Commissioner: David Porter (R)

Democratic nomineeGrady Yarbrough
Republican nomineeWayne Christian

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
David Porter (b.1956) is the current Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, which, despite the name, has nothing to do with railroads. It does, however, have oversight of all aspects of the powerful energy sector. Porter is not running for re-election in 2016. The GOP nominated financial advisor and former State Representative Wayne Christian (20%). The Democrats nominated psychologist Grady Yarbrough.

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Christi Craddick. (Pic: State of TX)

Christi Craddick. (Pic: State of TX)

Railroad Commissioner: Christi Crad­dick (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Christi Crad­dick

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Christi Crad­dick (b.1970) was first elected in 2012 with 56%.

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Ryan Sitton. (Pic: State of TX)

Ryan Sitton. (Pic: State of TX)

Railroad Commissioner: Ryan Sitton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeRyan Sitton

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2020.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Oil engineer Ryan Sitton (b.1975) was first elected in 2014 with 58%.

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State Senate: 31 (11D / 20R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 150 (51D / 99R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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