Texas's 17th congressional district
|Texas's 17th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Bill Flores (R–Bryan)|
|Ethnicity||78.6% White, 10.4% Black, 1.5% Asian, 15.4% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% other|
|Cook PVI||R+12 (2012)|
Texas District 17 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves a strip of central Texas that from 2002 to 2013 stretched from south of Tarrant to Grimes County, including former President George W. Bush's ranch at Crawford, known as Prairie Chapel Ranch. The district is currently represented by Republican Bill Flores. The 2012 redistricting removed the northern portions of the district, with Waco now serving as its northern border.
Along with MS-4, TX-17 was the most heavily Republican district in the nation represented by a Democrat, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, which rates it R+20. This is due to the 2003 Texas redistricting, engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The district was drawn to make it Republican-dominated and unseat its then Democratic incumbent, Chet Edwards. Ultimately, this failed, and 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, who took office on January 3, 2011, is the first Republican ever elected to represent this district since its creation 91 years ago.
List of representatives
|District created||March 4, 1919|
|Thomas L. Blanton||Democratic||March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1929||Abilene||Redistricted from the 16th district|
|Robert Q. Lee||Democratic||March 4, 1929 - April 18, 1930||Cisco||Died|
|Vacant||April 18, 1930 – May 20, 1930|
|Thomas L. Blanton||Democratic||May 20, 1930 - January 3, 1937||Abilene|
|Clyde L. Garrett||Democratic||January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1941||Eastland|
|Sam M. Russell||Democratic||January 3, 1941 - January 3, 1947||Stephenville|
|Omar Burleson||Democratic||January 3, 1947 - December 31, 1978||Anson||Resigned|
|Vacant||December 31, 1978 – January 3, 1979|
|Charles Stenholm||Democratic||January 3, 1979 - January 3, 2005||Abilene||Lost Reelection|
|Chet Edwards||Democratic||January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2011||Waco||Redistricted from the 11th district; Lost Reelection|
|Bill Flores||Republican||January 3, 2011 -||Bryan||Incumbent|
|US House election, 2012: Texas District 17|
|US House election, 2010: Texas District 17|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing||+16.34|
|US House election, 2008: Texas District 17|
|Libertarian||Gardner C. Osbourne||3,849||1.51||-0.07|
|US House election, 2006: Texas District 17|
|US House election, 2004: Texas District 17|
|US House election, 2002: Texas District 17|
Historical district boundaries
- "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
- 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