Texas's 26th congressional district
|Texas's 26th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Michael C. Burgess (R–Lewisville)|
|Ethnicity||72.9% White, 15.6% Black, 2.2% Asian, 14.3% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% other|
|Cook PVI||R+20 (2012)|
Texas District 26 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district in the state of Texas that serves an area in the northern portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex centering around Denton County. The current Representative is Michael C. Burgess. The District is best known as the seat of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
The district was created after the 1980 census due to population growth in Texas and Denton County, specifically in its southern sector. From the beginning, the district map has been centered around Denton County, one of Texas's fastest-growing counties.
Except for the first election, won by Democrat Tom Vandergriff in 1982, the seat has been held by Republicans. As Denton County has become overwhelmingly Republican in recent years (every county officeholder is Republican, as are all of the members of the Texas Legislature representing the county), District 26 is considered a "safe seat" for the GOP.
The current makeup of the 26th District includes most of Denton County (only the southeast corner is not part of the District) as well as the eastern half of Cooke County, much of central Tarrant County, and a small sliver of northwest Dallas County.
List of representatives
|Tom Vandergriff||Democratic||January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
|98th||First elected in 1982
|Dick Armey||Republican||January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 2003
|99th||First elected in 1984
|Michael C. Burgess||Republican||January 3, 2003 –
|108th||First elected in 2002|
Recent election results
|US House election, 2004: Texas District 26|
|Republican||Michael C. Burgess||180,519||65.75||-9.1|
|US House election, 2006: Texas District 26|
|Republican||Michael C. Burgess||94,219||60.21||-5.54|
|US House election, 2008: Texas District 26|
|Republican||Michael C. Burgess||194,849||60.19||-0.02|
|US House election, 2010: Texas District 26|
|Republican||Michael C. Burgess||120,683||67.08||+6.89|
Historical district boundaries
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present