Texas's 17th congressional district

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Texas's 17th congressional district
Texas US Congressional District 17 (since 2013).tif
Texas's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Bill Flores (RBryan)
Population (2015) 750,140[1]
Median income 41,989[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+12[3]

Texas District 17 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves a strip of central Texas stretching from Waco to Bryan-College Station, including former President George W. Bush's McLennan County ranch.[4][5] 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 colleges, 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]

After the 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.[6] 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%.[7] Flores is the only Republican elected to represent the district since its creation in 1919.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1919
Thomas Lindsay Blanton in 1917.jpg Thomas L. Blanton Democratic March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1929 Abilene Redistricted from the 16th district
No image.svg Robert Q. Lee Democratic March 4, 1929 - April 18, 1930 Cisco Died
Vacant April 18, 1930 – May 20, 1930
Thomas Lindsay Blanton in 1917.jpg Thomas L. Blanton Democratic May 20, 1930 - January 3, 1937 Abilene
No image.svg Clyde L. Garrett Democratic January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1941 Eastland
No image.svg Sam M. Russell Democratic January 3, 1941 - January 3, 1947 Stephenville
Omar Burleson.jpg Omar Burleson Democratic January 3, 1947 - December 31, 1978 Anson Resigned
Vacant December 31, 1978 – January 3, 1979
CharlesStenholm.jpg Charles Stenholm Democratic January 3, 1979 - January 3, 2005 Abilene Lost Reelection
111edwardsc-tx17.jpg Chet Edwards Democratic January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2011 Waco Redistricted from the 11th district; Lost Reelection
Bill Flores, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bill Flores Republican January 3, 2011 - Bryan Incumbent

Election results[edit]

US House election, 2016: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Flores 149,417 60.81
Democratic William Matta 86,603 35.24
Libertarian Clark Patterson 9,708 3.95
Majority 53,106 21.6
Turnout 245,728


US House election, 2014: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Flores 85,807 64.58
Democratic Nick Haynes 43,049 32.4
Libertarian Shawn Michael Hamilton 4,009 3.02
Majority 38,749 29.16
Turnout 132,865


US House election, 2012: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Flores 143,284[8] 79.93 +34.8
Libertarian Ben Easton 35,978 20.07 119
Majority 107,306
Turnout 179,262 4.23
US House election, 2010: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Flores 106,275 61.79 +16.28
Democratic Chet Edwards 62,926 36.59 -16.39
Libertarian Richard Kelly 2,787 1.62 +0.11
Majority 43,349 25.2 +17.73
Turnout 171,988
Republican gain from Democratic Swing +16.34
US House election, 2008: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chet Edwards 134,592 52.98 -5.14
Republican Rob Curnock 115,581 45.51 +5.21
Libertarian Gardner C. Osbourne 3,849 1.51 -0.07
Majority 19,011 7.47 -10.35
Turnout 254,022
Democratic hold Swing -5.18
US House election, 2006: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chet Edwards 92,478 58.12 +6.92
Republican Van Taylor 64,142 40.30 -7.11
Libertarian Guillermo Acosta 2,504 1.58 +0.19
Majority 28,336 17.82 +14.03
Turnout 159,124
Democratic hold Swing +7.02
US House election, 2004: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chet Edwards 125,309 51.20 -0.17
Republican Arlene Wohlgemuth 116,049 47.41 +0.03
Libertarian Clyde Garland 3,390 1.39 +0.14
Majority 9,260 3.79 -0.19
Turnout 244,748
Democratic hold Swing -0.1
US House election, 2002: Texas District 17
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charlie Stenholm 84,136 51.37
Republican Rob Beckham 77,622 47.38
Libertarian Fred Jones 2,046 1.25
Majority 6,514 3.98
Turnout 163,804
Democratic hold Swing

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2007 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/
  2. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Texas%27_17th_Congressional_District
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Pelosi continues to tout Texas Rep. Chet Edwards for VP". Texas on the Potomac (blog). Houston Chronicle. August 3, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Vlahos, Kelley (2006-03-07). "Texas Rep. Edwards Beats Odds, but Faces Iraq War Vet in Midterm". Fox News. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  6. ^ Texas 17th District Profile Congressional Quarterly. May 14, 2010.
  7. ^ 2010 Texas Election Results New York Times. November 13, 2010.
  8. ^ United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012#District 17

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