Texas District 17 of the is a Congressional district that serves a strip of central United States House of Representatives Texas stretching from Waco to Bryan-College Station, including former President George W. Bush's McLennan County ranch.  The district is currently represented by  Republican Bill Flores.
From 2002 to 2013, it was an oblong district stretching from south of
Tarrant County to Grimes County in the southeast. The 2012 redistricting made its area more square, removing the northern and southeastern portions, adding areas southwest into the northern Austin suburbs and east into Freestone and Leon counties. The district includes two major universities, Texas A&M University in College Station and Baylor University in Waco.
Before 2002, TX-17 was a
West Texas district in the Abilene area.
Representation [ edit ]
2003 Texas redistricting, engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, TX-17 was (along with MS-4) the most heavily Republican district in the nation represented by a Democrat, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, which rated it R+20. The district was drawn to make it Republican-dominated and unseat its longtime then-incumbent, conservative Democrat  Chet Edwards. While several of his colleagues went down to defeat, Edwards held on to the seat in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 elections.
However, in the
2010 Congressional elections, the district elected Republican Bill Flores over Edwards by a margin of 61.8% to 36.6%. Flores is the only Republican elected to represent the district since its creation in 1919.
List of representatives [ edit ]
March 4, 1919
Thomas L. Blanton
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1929
Redistricted from the 16th district
Robert Q. Lee
March 4, 1929 – April 18, 1930
April 18, 1930 – May 20, 1930
Thomas L. Blanton
May 20, 1930 – January 3, 1937
Clyde L. Garrett
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1941
Sam M. Russell
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947
January 3, 1947 – December 31, 1978
December 31, 1978 – January 3, 1979
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 2005
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2011
Redistricted from the 11th district; Lost Reelection
January 3, 2011 –
Election results [ edit ]
Historical district boundaries [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
"Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017 . Retrieved . April 7, 2017
"Pelosi continues to tout Texas Rep. Chet Edwards for VP". Texas on the Potomac (blog). Houston Chronicle. August 3, 2008 . Retrieved . October 21, 2012
Vlahos, Kelley (2006-03-07). "Texas Rep. Edwards Beats Odds, but Faces Iraq War Vet in Midterm". Fox News . Retrieved . 2007-03-25
Texas 17th District Profile Congressional Quarterly. May 14, 2010.
2010 Texas Election Results New York Times. November 13, 2010.
United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012#District 17
Sources [ edit ]
Coordinates: 31°09′13″N 96°39′57″W / 31.15361°N 96.66583°W