Texas

30 seats: 13R, 17D R 55

Texas Democrats pulled off a great partisan coup in the 1991-92 redistricting, packing eight Republican incumbents into heavily Republican districts all among the most strongly Republican districts in the nation and winning 21 of the remaining 22 seats. But the state's eroding Democratic performance led to Republican gains in 1994 and 1996. These gains stopped in 1998, but that may be misleading - few potentially vulnerable Democrats faced serious competition, although Charles Stenholm beat a well-financed challenger. The potential vulnerability of several Democrats and the struggle for the growing Latino vote could make 2000 a watershed election. Republicans may finally turn their majority in votes into a majority of seats in 2000 and must eagerly be awaiting redistricting in 2001. Seven incumbents face no major party opposition in 2000. (NOTE: Several U.S. House districts were changed in 1996, but with minor political impact.)
 
  1. Max Sandlin (D), 1996 Vulnerable
  '98: 59 '96: 52 ['94: D 55 '92: D 100]   R 54
 
  2. Jim Turner (D), 1996 Vulnerable
  '98: 58 '96: 52 ['94: D 55 '92: D 56]   R 54
 
  3. Sam Johnson (R), 1991 Landslide
  '98: 91 U '96: 73 '94: 91 U '92: 86 U R 67
 
  4. Ralph Hall (D),1980 Comfortable*
  '98: 58 '96: 64 '94: 59 '92: 58   R 64
 
  5. Pete Sessions (R), 1996 Comfortable*
  '98: 56 '96: 53 ['94: D 50 '92: D 59]   R 53
 
  6. Joe Barton (R), 1984 Uncontested
  '98: 73 '96: 77 '94: 76 '92: 72 R 66
 
  7. OPEN [Bill Archer, R, 1970] Landslide
  ['98: 93 U '96: 81 '94: 100 '92: 100]   R 71
 
  8. Kevin Brady (R), 1996 Uncontested
  '98: 93 U '96: 59 ['94: R 92 '92: R 77]   R 73
 
  9. Nick Lampson (D), 1996 Win
  '98: 64 '96: 53 ['94: R 52 '92: D 54]   R 51
 
  10. Lloyd Doggett (D), 1994 Comfortable
  '98: 85 '96: 56 '94: 56 ['92: D 68]   D 54
 
  11. Chet Edwards (D), 1990 Comfortable*
  '98: 83 U '96: 57 '94: 59 '92: 67   R 57
 
  12. Kay Granger (R), 1996 Landslide*
  '98: 62 '96: 58 ['94: D 69 '92: D 63]   R 53
 
  13. Mac Thornberry (R), 1994 Landslide
  '98: 68 '96: 67 '94: 55 ['92: D 60] ­ R 60
 
  14. Ron Paul (R), 1996 Win
  '98: 55 '96: 51 ['94: D 56 '92: D 68]   R 57
 
  15. Ruben Hinojosa (D), 1996 Uncontested
  '98: 58 '96: 62 ['94: D 59 '92: D 60]   D 61
 
  16. Silvestre Reyes (D), 1996 Landslide
  '98: 88 U '96: 71 ['94: D 57 '92: D52]   D 64
 
  17. Charles Stenholm (D), 1978 Vulnerable
  '98: 54 '96: 52 '94: 54 '92: 66   R 60
 
  18. Sheila Jackson Lee (D), 1994 Landslide
  '98: 90 U '96: 77' 94: 73 ['92: D 65]   D 74
 
  19. Larry Combest (R), 1984 Uncontested
  '98: 84 '96: 80 '94: 100 '92: 77 ­ R 73
 
  20. Charlie Gonzalez (D), 1998 Uncontested
  '98: 63 ['96: D 64 '94: D 63 '92: D 100] ­ D 60
 
  21. Lamar Smith (R), 1980 Landslide
  '98: 91 U '96: 76 '94: 90 U '92: 72   R 69
 
  22. Tom DeLay (R), 1984 Landslide
  '98: 65 '96: 68 '94: 74 '92: 69 R 61
 
  23. Henry Bonilla (R), 1992 Landslide*
  '98: 64 '96: 62 '94: 63 '92: 59   D 51
 
  24. Martin Frost (D), 1978 Comfortable
  '98: 58 '96: 56 '94: 53 '92: 60 ­ D 54
 
  25. Ken Bentsen (D), 1994 Comfortable*
  '98: 58 '96: 57 '94: 52 ['92: D 56]   D 52
 
  26. Richard Armey (R), 1984 Landslide
  '98: 88 U '96: 74 '94: 76 '92: 73 R 69
 
  27. Solomon Ortiz (D), 1982 Landslide
  '98: 63 '96: 65 '94: 59 '92: 56 ­ D 58
 
  28. Ciro Rodriguez (D), 1997 Uncontested
  '98: 91 U '97: 67 ['96: D 75
 
'94: D 71
 
'92: D 87]
 
  D 63
 
 
  29. Gene Green (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 93 U '96: 68 '94: 73 '92: 65 ­ D 62
 
  30. E. Bernice Johnson (D), 1992 Uncontested
  '98: 72 '96: 55   '94: 73 '92: 72   D 70
 

Texas's results 1982 to 1998
Facts in Focus for Texas 1982 to 1998
 


 
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