Texas's 19th congressional district
|Texas's 19th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Randy Neugebauer (R–Lubbock)|
|Ethnicity||77.2% White, 5.5% Black, 0.8% Asian, 29.0% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% other|
|Cook PVI||R+26 (2012)|
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 (as of 03/10/2014) is Republican Randy Neugebauer.
District 19's current boundaries were drawn up during the controversial 2003 Texas State Legislature Redistricting made famous by the so-called 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 Texas most conservative districts; it has not supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. Republicans have held the seat since 1985, although much of this region continued to elect conservative Democrats to local offices and the Texas Legislature until 1994. The district voted 77% for George W. Bush in 2004 and 71% for John McCain in 2008.
List of representatives
|District created||January 3, 1935|
|George H. Mahon||Democratic||January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1979|
|Kent Hance||Democratic||January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1985|
|Larry Combest||Republican||January 3, 1985 - May 31, 2003||Resigned|
|Vacant||May 31, 2003 – June 3, 2003|
|Randy Neugebauer||Republican||June 3, 2003 - Present||Incumbent|
|US House election, 2012: Texas District 19|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||28,359||15||+12|
|US House election, 2010: Texas District 19|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||4,315||3||+0|
|US House election, 2008: Texas District 19|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||6,080||3||+1|
|US House election, 2006: Texas District 19|
|US House election, 2004: Texas District 19|
|Libertarian||Richard "Chip" Peterson||3,524||1.5||+6.9|
Historical district boundaries
- 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. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
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