Texas's 19th congressional district
Texas' Nineteenth Congressional District of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves the upper midwestern portion of the state of Texas The district includes portions of the State from Lubbock to Abilene. The current Representative from the 19th District is Republican Jodey Arrington.
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Texas' 19th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
District 19's current boundaries were drawn up during the controversial 2003 Texas State Legislature Redistricting made famous by the Texas Eleven. The district was redrawn in such a way that two Congressional incumbents, Neugebauer and Democrat Charlie Stenholm, were pitted against one another in the 2004 Congressional elections. Neugebauer won with over 58% of the vote.
The border runs along the western boundary with New Mexico, and runs along county borders to include far reaching cities. The area is predominantly rural, with the exceptions of Abilene and Lubbock, and includes many state parks, ranches, and farms.
This is one of the most conservative districts in Texas and the nation. It has not supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. Republicans have held the seat since 1985. In the last three decades, a Democrat has only won 40 percent of the vote in this district twice, in 1984 and 2004.
Much of this region continued to elect conservative Democrats to local offices and the Texas Legislature until 1994. Since the mid-1990s, however, Republicans have dominated every level of government. There are virtually no elected Democrats left above the county level, and Republicans usually win most races by 70 percent or more of the vote.
List of representatives
|District created||January 3, 1935|
|Democratic||January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1979||74th
|Democratic||January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1985||96th
|Republican||January 3, 1985 - May 31, 2003||99th
|Vacant||May 31, 2003 – June 3, 2003|
|Republican||June 3, 2003 - January 3, 2017||108th
|Republican||January 3, 2017 - present||115th
Living former Members of the House
As of March 2019, there are three living former members. The most recent to die was George H. Mahon (served 1935–1979) on November 19, 1985.
|Representative||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Kent Hance||1979–1985||November 14, 1942|
|Larry Combest||1985–2003||March 20, 1945|
|Randy Neugebauer||2003–2017||December 24, 1949|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||28,359||15||+12|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||4,315||3||+0|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||6,080||3||+1|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||3,524||1.5||+6.9|
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- 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
- "Current Election History". Office of the Secretary of State of Texas. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2012.