Texas's 2nd congressional district

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Texas's 2nd congressional district
Texas's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Ted Poe (RHumble)
Cook PVI R+16 (2012)

Texas's 2nd congressional district of the United States House of Representatives is in the southeastern portion of the state of Texas. From 2002-2012 it stretched from Houston's northern suburbs through eastern Harris County, and across Southeast Texas to the Louisiana border. As of the 2000 census, District 2 represented 651,619 people. The district's configuration dates from the 2003 Texas redistricting, when most of the old 9th District was split among three neighboring districts. The remaining territory was made somewhat more Republican than its predecessor, with the addition of several strongly conservative suburban areas near Houston. The four-term Democratic incumbent in the 9th District, Nick Lampson, was unseated by Republican Ted Poe, a longtime felony court judge in Harris County.

Amongst the notable representatives are Charlie Nesbitt Wilson, whose story would later be retold in the book & film Charlie Wilson's War. Charlie Wilson's 2nd congressional district is wholly different geographically and culturally than the current district.

2012 redistricting[edit]

The 2012 redistricting process radically changed the district. All of Jefferson County, and Liberty County were removed, putting the district entirely within Harris County. The district now includes Kingwood, Humble, and Atascocita in northeastern Harris County, then loop around northern and western Houston, before moving toward the center of the city roughly following Interstate 10. The district will pass through Memorial Park, before turning south and capturing the strongly Democratic Montrose, Rice University, and parts of Braeswood.[1]

Recent election results from presidential races[edit]

Year Results
2000 Bush 63 - 37%
2004 Bush 63 - 36%
2008 McCain 60 - 40%

List of representatives[edit]

The district was formed in 1846, after Texas joined the Union.

Name Party Years Electoral history
District created December 29, 1845
Vacant December 29, 1845 –
March 30, 1846
No image.svg Timothy Pilsbury Democratic March 30, 1846 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Volney E. Howard Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Peter H. Bell Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Guy M. Bryan Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Andrew J. Hamilton Independent Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
American Civil War/Reconstruction March 3, 1861 –
March 31, 1870
No image.svg John C. Conner Democratic March 31, 1870 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William P. McLean Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg David B. Culberson Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1883
Redistricted to the 4th district
JHRegan.jpg John H. Reagan Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1887
Redistricted from the 1st district
Re-elected in 1886, but resigned after being elected to the U.S. Senate
Vacant March 4, 1887 –
November 4, 1887
No image.svg William H. Martin Democratic November 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John Benjamin Long Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Samuel B. Cooper.jpeg Samuel B. Cooper Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1905
Lost re-election
No image.svg Moses L. Broocks Democratic March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1907
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Samuel B. Cooper.jpeg Samuel B. Cooper Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
Lost re-election
No image.svg Martin Dies, Sr. Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John C. Box Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
370403-Dies-Martin.jpg Martin Dies, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Jesse M. Combs Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1953
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Jack Brooks.jpg Jack Brooks Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1967
Redistricted to the 9th district
No image.svg John V. Dowdy Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted from the 7th district
CharlieWilson.jpg Charles Wilson Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1997
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Jim Turner.jpg Jim Turner Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2005
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Ted Poe Official.jpg Ted Poe Republican January 3, 2005 –
present
First elected in 2004

Election results[edit]

US House election, 2004: Texas District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ted Poe 139,951 55.5 +17.3
Democratic Nick Lampson 108,156 42.9 -17.9
Libertarian Sandra Saulsbury 3,931 1.6 +0.6
Majority 31,795 12.6
Turnout 252,038
Republican gain from Democratic Swing +17.6

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2007 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 30°02′51″N 95°10′42″W / 30.04750°N 95.17833°W / 30.04750; -95.17833