Texas's 26th congressional district
|Texas's 26th congressional district|
Texas's 26th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 26th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives includes the area in the northern portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex centering on 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 on 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. Indeed, since Vandergriff's defeat in 1984, no Democrat has crossed the 40 percent mark. As Denton County has become overwhelmingly Republican in recent years (all but one county officeholder is Republican, as is all but one member of the Texas Legislature representing the county), the 26th district is considered a "safe seat" for the GOP.
Since the 2010 redistricting, the 26th district includes most of Denton County (except the southeast portion) and a portion of north central Tarrant County.
List of members representing the district
|District created January 3, 1983|
|Tom Vandergriff||Democratic||January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
|98th||Elected in 1982.|
|Dick Armey||Republican||January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 2003
|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.
|Michael Burgess||Republican||January 3, 2003 –
|First elected in 2002.|
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Recent election results
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|Republican||Michael C. Burgess (incumbent)||261,963||60.6|
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "Texas Election Results - Official Results". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
- 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