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Texas's 22nd congressional district
Texas US Congressional District 22 (since 2013).tif
Texas's 22nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativePete Olson (RSugar Land)
Distribution
  • 93.09[1]% urban
  • 6.91% rural
Population (2016)881,407[2]
Median income$87,901
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+10[3]

Texas's 22nd congressional district of the United States House of Representatives covers a largely suburban south-central portion of the Greater Houston metropolitan area. The district includes the majority of Fort Bend County, including most of the cities of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Needville and the county seat of Richmond as well as the county's share of the largely unincorporated Greater Katy area west of Houston. In addition, the district also contains portions of northern Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin, as well as a small portion of southeast Harris County centered on Friendswood.

The district is represented by Republican Pete Olson, who was elected in 2008 over one-term incumbent Democrat Nick Lampson. Before 2006, the district had been represented by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay since 1985, and before that, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul briefly in 1976 and again from 1979 to 1985. In 2006, 52% of poll respondents identified as Republicans, 32% as Democrats, and 16% as independents.[4]

Texas's 22nd congressional district following the 2004 mid-decade redistricting. This district would remain in effect through January 2013.

History[edit]

The district was originally created following the 1950 United States Census, as an at-large district represented by Democrat Martin Dies, Jr. from 1953 to 1959. At the time, each of Texas's 254 counties were represented by one member of Congress. Beginning with the 1958 election, Harris County, home to the city of Houston and previously represented in its entirely by Democrat Albert Thomas in the state's 8th congressional district, became the first county in Texas since World War II to be divided into more than one congressional district.

The new 22nd District, made up of suburban territory outside the city, was won by Democrat Robert R. Casey, a former Harris County Judge (a post equivalent to that of a county executive in Texas). The 8th and 22nd districts were separated by a boundary consisting roughly of what is now U.S. 290, the western and southern portions of Loop 610, and the portion of Buffalo Bayou east of downtown Houston including the Houston Ship Channel. All points south of this boundary were in the 22nd, while the remainder was in the 8th. These boundaries would remain effective until the 1964 elections.

After a federal court in Houston ruled Texas' congressional redistricting practices as unconstitutional in Bush v. Martin, effective with the 1966 elections, Harris County was realigned into three separate congressional districts — the existing 8th and 22nd districts, plus the newly realigned 7th district on the west side of Houston and Harris County. The new 7th would elect former Harris County Republican Party chairman (and future President) George H. W. Bush, while Casey's 22nd district was made the most compact of the three, stretching from southwest Houston to southeast Harris County, including Pasadena and Clear Lake City, and also encompassing the Johnson Space Center. The district was not realigned until following the 1970 Census.

Beginning with the 1972 elections, the 22nd district lost some largely African-American portions to the newly realigned, majority African-American 18th District (which would elect Democrat Barbara Jordan), while other areas along the Houston Ship Channel went to the 8th District, now represented by Democrat Bob Eckhardt and primarily concentrated in north Houston.

Those areas were replaced by rapidly growing Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, home to growing Republican constituencies of white upper-middle-class families — natives and transplants alike — moving to jobs in Houston's growing energy sector, as well as at the Johnson Space Center and the Texas Medical Center, and drawn to affordable housing and top-rated schools in the area's burgeoning master-planned communities. A mid-decade redistricting in 1974 added southern Waller County, with a similar character to Fort Bend and Brazoria. As with most growing exurban areas in the Southern United States, these new areas also had large blocs of conservative white Democrats disenchanted with their party's support for restoration of civil rights promoted by the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson and the national Democratic Party. While Casey continued to win reelection in 1972 and 1974 without significant opposition, his resignation following his appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission in 1976, combined with increased suburban growth in the aforementioned counties, opened the door for a Republican upset in the special election that followed.

Months after Casey's resignation, on April 3, 1976, Republican Ron Paul, a physician and Air Force veteran who had moved from the Pittsburgh area in the previous decade with his wife and settled in Brazoria County, won a special election to fill the remainder of Casey's unexpired term. While Paul lost the general election later that year to Democratic State Senator Bob Gammage by fewer than 300 votes, in 1978 he defeated Gammage in a rematch by a 1,200-vote margin, coinciding with the election of Bill Clements as Texas' first Republican Governor since Reconstruction. In 1980, Paul would go on to win a second term, defeating Democratic attorney Mike Andrews, a former Harris County prosecutor, by a narrow margin.

Following the 1980 Census, rapid growth in the Houston area resulted in most of the Harris County portion of the 22nd being transferred to the new 25th congressional district, which Andrews won in 1982 and would hold for six terms before pursuing an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1994. The redistricting left Paul with a district comprising three major portions, all of which were strongly Republican. These included:

  • all of Fort Bend County, by this time a booming suburban county anchored by the development of the First Colony master-planned community in Sugar Land, and also containing other booming suburbs including Missouri City, Stafford and Rosenberg.
  • much of Paul's political base in Brazoria County, except for a tiny western portion around the communities of Sweeny and West Columbia located in the adjacent 14th District; and
  • most of southwest Houston and Harris County along the Southwest Freeway, including the Westwood, Sharpstown and Fondren areas of Houston. This portion also included the Richmond Avenue entertainment corridor, The Galleria and the adjacent Transco Tower, the inner suburbs of Bellaire and West University Place, Houston Baptist University, and Greenway Plaza including The Summit (then the home of the NBA's Houston Rockets). Much of the area's retail activity, centered on the aforementioned Galleria as well as the Sharpstown and Westwood malls, along with most of southwest Houston's automotive dealerships (some of them among the top dealers in the nation), was also concentrated in the Harris County portion of the district and extended as far south as Stafford (then home to a major manufacturing facility for Texas Instruments).

This configuration would remain in effect for the remainder of the 1980s, including the first four terms of Republican Tom DeLay's tenure, as Paul unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 1984 against eventual winner Phil Gramm. DeLay would serve as President of the conservative Republican Study Committee and became a Republican Whip while representing this configuration of the district.

Following the 1990 Census, the 22nd district was redrawn to take in all of Fort Bend County, all of Brazoria County save for its western and southern edges, and a small portion of southwest Houston in Harris County around the Alief, Westchase and Sharpstown areas. The district was further realigned after the 2000 Census, taking effect after the 2002 elections, when DeLay was re-elected and became House Majority Leader. The district maintained its share of both Fort Bend and Brazoria counties (save for Fort Bend's share of the city of Houston), while also gaining a large portion of southeast Harris County, including portions of Clear Lake City, Pasadena, La Porte, Deer Park and Seabrook.

In 2003, following the Republican takeover of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Legislature engineered a mid-decade redistricting. The 22nd lost its share of Brazoria County except for Pearland, as well as communities on Fort Bend County's northern and western edges, to the 14th District. That district was now represented by Paul, who was elected and returned to Congress in 1997 after a 12-year absence. The 22nd District now included Pearland, almost all of southeast Harris County, including the Johnson Space Center, and a largely working-class western portion of Galveston County, including Santa Fe and La Marque, in addition to much of DeLay's political base in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg and surrounding areas. The district would remain unchanged through the rest of the decade, but changed its incumbent three times after Tom DeLay resigned on June 9, 2006 in the wake of corruption allegations related to the 2003 redistricting.

As the result of a special election on November 7, 2006 to fill DeLay's vacant congressional seat, Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs filled the remainder of DeLay's term in late 2006, having lost the general election to Democrat Nick Lampson in a bizarre set of circumstances. Lampson had previously represented Texas's 9th congressional district, based in Beaumont and Galveston, before the 2003 redistricting resulted in that district being renumbered as the 2nd district and pushed into heavily Republican northern Houston. Lampson was defeated in the 2004 election Republican Harris County district court judge Ted Poe. Ahead of the 2006 election, Lampson moved to Stafford, where his grandparents had settled after they immigrated from Italy. Additionally, the 22nd included a large slice of his former base; he'd previously represented much of the Galveston County portion of the district, as well as the area around the Johnson Space Center. Lampson benefited from Sekula-Gibbs being forced to run a write-in campaign, as DeLay had resigned one month after winning a contentious Republican primary against three challengers (one of whom won over 20 percent of the vote, but not enough to overcome DeLay's vote of over 60 percent). After one term and despite a vigorous campaign, Lampson lost the seat to Republican Pete Olson in 2008, who has held the seat ever since, often winning with double-digit margins.

Since 2013, the district has included most of Fort Bend County, save for most of the communities of Stafford, Mission Bend, Fresno, northern Missouri City and the Fort Bend Houston "super neighborhood" in far southwest Houston. Also within the district lie northern parts of Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin, and portions of southeast Houston and Harris County running along Interstate 45 south of the Sam Houston Tollway. The affluent residents of the district tends to vote strongly Republican and has an average median household income of $82,899 as of the 2012 American Community Survey. It is the wealthiest congressional district in Texas and also a diverse district with sizable minority constituencies, who are educated and of the professional class.

Despite the district's diversity, Mitt Romney won the district with 62% of the vote in 2012, and Republicans hold the overwhelming majority of elected offices in the district. Democratic strength within the district is largely concentrated in heavily Hispanic communities in Rosenberg, along with some parts of Missouri City, where the African-American population exceeds one-third, and western precincts in Pearland; these favored Barack Obama with around 50-60% of the vote. But these voting blocs are outnumbered by large blocs of suburban Republican voters in much of the district, including groups of moderate-leaning ethnic Asian voters centered on Sugar Land, along with some conservative-leaning Hispanic and African-American voters in more affluent parts of the district.

In 2016, Donald Trump carried the district with a majority, even as Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to carry Fort Bend County since 1964. Given the district's ethnic diversity and Fort Bend County's recent status as a "swing county" in Texas and national politics, some analysts believe that the district may become more competitive over time as the county's demographics continue to evolve.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created January 3, 1959
Robert R. Casey.jpg Robert R. Casey Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 22, 1976
First elected in 1958
Re-elected in 1960
Re-elected in 1962
Re-elected in 1964
Re-elected in 1966
Re-elected in 1968
Re-elected in 1970
Re-elected in 1972
Re-elected in 1974
Re-elected in 1976
Resigned to become commissioner to the United States Maritime Commission
Vacant January 22, 1976 –
April 3, 1976
Ron Paul 1979.jpg Ron Paul Republican April 3, 1976 –
January 3, 1977
Elected to finish Casey's term
Lost re-election
RAGammage.png Robert Gammage Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
First elected in 1976
Lost re-election
Ron Paul 1979.jpg Ron Paul Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Re-elected in 1978
Re-elected in 1980
Re-elected in 1982
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
TomDeLay.jpg Tom DeLay Republican January 3, 1985 –
June 9, 2006
First elected in 1984
Re-elected in 1986
Re-elected in 1988
Re-elected in 1990
Re-elected in 1992
Re-elected in 1994
Re-elected in 1996
Re-elected in 1998
Re-elected in 2000
Re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
Re-elected in 2006
Resigned
Vacant June 9, 2006 –
November 13, 2006
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.jpg Shelley Sekula-Gibbs Republican November 13, 2006 –
January 3, 2007
Elected to finish DeLay's term in 2006
Lost re-election
Nick Lampson, official 110th Congress photo portrait, color.jpg Nick Lampson Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 2006
Lost re-election
Pete Olson official congressional photo.jpg Pete Olson Republican January 3, 2009 –
present
First elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Re-elected in 2012
Re-elected in 2014
Re-elected in 2016
Re-elected in 2018.

Recent elections[edit]

1974[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Robert R. Casey defeated ob/gyn Ron Paul, a delegate to the Texas Republican convention; Democrats won 1974 heavily.

1976 special[edit]

When President Gerald Ford appointed Casey to head the Federal Maritime Commission, Paul won a 1976 special election to fill the empty seat, against Democrat Robert Gammage; Paul was sworn in on April 3. Paul had decided to enter politics on August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon closed the "gold window" by implementing the U.S. dollar's complete departure from the gold standard.[5]

Paul was the first Republican elected from the area since Reconstruction, and the first from the state since Bill Guill was elected from the 14th congressional district in 1950. He led the Texas Reagan delegation at the national Republican convention.[6] His successful campaign against Gammage surprised local Democrats, who had expected to retain the seat easily following the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Gammage underestimated Paul's support among local women.[7]

1976 general[edit]

Gammage defeated Paul some months later in the general election, by fewer than 300votes (0.2%).

1978[edit]

Paul defeated Gammage in a 1978 rematch.

1980[edit]

Paul won a new term in 1980.

1982[edit]

Paul won a new term in 1982.

1984[edit]

In 1984, Paul chose to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House.[8] He was succeeded by former state representative Tom DeLay.[9]

2004[edit]

U.S. House election, 2004: Texas District 22
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom DeLay 150,386 55.2 -8.0
Democratic Richard Morrison 112,034 41.1 +6.0
Independent Michael Fjetland 5,314 1.9 +1.9
Libertarian Tom Morrison 4,886 1.8 +0.8
Majority 38,352 14.1
Turnout 272,620
Republican hold Swing -7.0

2006 special[edit]

On January 2, 2006, Nick Lampson, a Jefferson County tax assessor-collector, filed as a Democrat to challenge incumbent Tom DeLay for the 2006 general election. Lampson had represented the adjacent ninth district until DeLay engineered the 2003 Texas redistricting, after which Lampson lost his seat to Republican Ted Poe in 2004.

DeLay won the Republican primary on March 7, 2006, taking 62% of the vote in the four-way race.[10] It was DeLay's weakest showing in a primary election, which prompted questions about whether he could win the general election. On April 3, 2006, three days after his former aide Tony Rudy pleaded guilty to various charges of corruption relating to the Jack Abramoff scandal, DeLay announced that he would withdraw from the race.[11][12]

Under Texas law, it was too late for the Republican Party to select another candidate for the 2006 general election. DeLay announced on August 8, 2006 that he would withdraw in order to allow the party to organize a campaign for a write-in candidate. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on August 29, 2006 that a special election would take place for the remainder of DeLay's term (November 2006 to January 2007).

The Texas Republican Party supported Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs as their write-in candidate.[13] Lampson chose not to run in the special election. Sekula-Gibbs won and was sworn in on November 13, 2006. She represented the district for the remaining few weeks of the 109th United States Congress. Sekula-Gibbs promised to fix health care, taxes, and immigration.

2006 general[edit]

Due to DeLay's late announcement, no Republican was listed on the ballot for the two-year term that began in January 2007.[14]

The special election was held concurrently with the general election on November 7, 2006. Voters cast votes twice on that date, once for the special election, once for the general election. This arrangement ensured that Sekula-Gibbs's name appeared on a November 7 ballot.

Lampson won the general election, and was sworn in on January 4, 2007.

U.S. House election, 2006: Texas District 22[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nick Lampson 71,122 50.8 +9.7
Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (write-in) 59,914 42.8 -12.4
Libertarian Bob Smither 8,482 6.1 +4.2
Republican Don Richardson (write-in) 408 0.3
Independent Joe Reasbeck (write-in) 86 0.1
Majority 11,208 8.0 -6.1
Turnout 140,012
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

2008[edit]

In addition to Sekula-Gibbs, the following candidates ran in the Republican primary:

  • Pete Olson, who won the primary. Former Navy pilot and former Senate liaison officer. Assistant to Phil Gramm. Chief of staff for Senator John Cornyn from 2002 to 2007.
  • Kevyn Bazzy, Army Reservist. Graduate of the University of Houston who served in Iraq as a civilian intelligence officer for U.S. Central Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Cynthia Dunbar, graduate of Regent University School of Law, former director of governmental affairs for Fort Bend County Precinct 3, and member of the Texas State Board of Education District 10.[16]
  • Dean Hrbacek, former councilman and mayor of Sugar Land. A business attorney, board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Certified Public Accountant.
  • Brian Klock, naval reserve commander. President of the Greater Houston Council of the Navy League and former president of the Military Officers Association of America, Houston Chapter. Formerly financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. Twice deployed to the Balkans in support of Naval and Marine forces, and recalled to duty after the September 11, 2001, attacks to support U.S. forces in Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • John Manlove, former councilman and mayor of Pasadena, who resigned to run for Congress. Businessman and former missionary to Latin America.
  • Ryan Rowley, computer professional, NASA and Department of Defense contractor, oil industry consultant, and military veteran.
  • James D. Squier, Harris County Family District Court Judge for 20 years.
  • Robert Talton, state representative since 1992. Former police officer, prosecutor, city attorney, municipal court judge, and attorney in private practice.

Pete Olson and Nick Lampson faced each other in 2008 general election, along with John Wieder, Libertarian, Vietnam veteran, retired businessman, and community volunteer.

Pete Olson won the general election on November 4, 2008, and was sworn into office in January 2009.

2010[edit]

In 2010, Olson defeated Kesha Rogers, a LaRouche Movement supporter, in the general election on November 2, 2010.[17]

2012[edit]

Two-term Republican incumbent Pete Olson sought re-election. He was challenged in the primary by conservative newspaper columnist Barbara Carlson,[18] ultimately winning 76 percent of the vote.[19]

Kesha Rogers, a political activist with ties to the Lyndon LaRouche movement, won the Democratic Party's nomination by 103 votes. Rogers was the party's candidate in 2010 as well, and was disavowed by some local Democrats for her controversial platform, which included impeaching President Obama and colonizing outer space.

Don Cook ran as the Green Party candidate.

Texas 22nd Congressional District 2012 [20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (Incumbent) 160,668 64.03
Democratic Kesha Rogers 80,203 31.96
Libertarian Steven Susman 5,986 2.39
Green Don Cook 4,054 1.62
Total votes 250,911 100.0

2014[edit]

The incumbent, Republican Pete Olson, represented the district since 2009. Democrats Frank Briscoe and Mark Gibson ran for their party's nomination; Briscoe won with 53.18% of the vote. Libertarian Rob Lapham ran in the election. Olson was reelected with 66.55% of the vote.

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson 33,167 100
Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Briscoe 3,378 53.18
Democratic Mark Gibson 2,973 46.81
Total votes 6,351 100

General election[edit]

Texas's 22nd Congressional District, 2014[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (Incumbent) 100,861 66.55
Democratic Frank Briscoe 47,844 31.57
Libertarian Rob Lapham 2,861 1.89
Total votes 151,566 100
Republican hold

2016[edit]

The incumbent, Republican Pete Olson, represented the district since 2009. Democrats Mark Gibson, who lost in his party's primary in 2014, and A. R. Hassan ran for their party's nomination; Gibson won the Democratic nomination this time, with 76.16% of the vote. Olson was reelected with 59.52% of the vote.

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson 73,375 100
Total votes 73,375 100
Democratic primary results[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Gibson 23,084 76.16
Democratic A. R. Hassan 7,226 23.84
Total votes 30,310 100

General election[edit]

Texas's 22nd Congressional District, 2016 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson 181,864 59.52
Democratic Mark Gibson 123,679 40.48
Total votes 305,543 100
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Bash, Dana (April 3, 2006). "Sources: DeLay to leave House re-election race". CNN. Retrieved April 19, 2006.
  13. ^ Lozano, Juan A (August 18, 2006). "Texas GOP Back Houston Councilwoman: Texas Republicans back Houston councilwoman as write-in nominee over DeLay". CBS News. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2008.
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  15. ^ "2006 General November Elections: Unofficial Election Results". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Biography of Cynthia Dunbar".
  17. ^ "District 22 Dems go for Rogers". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170315031923/http://www.barbaracarlsonforuscongress.com/. Archived from the original on March 15, 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20061108172637/http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/elchist.exe. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State Race Summary Report 2012 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 2014 Republican Party Primary Election
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 2014 Democratic Party Primary Election
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  25. ^ "2016 Primary Election Official Results, March 1, 2016". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved June 1, 2016.

Coordinates: 29°30′39″N 95°40′39″W / 29.51083°N 95.67750°W / 29.51083; -95.67750