Texas District 21 of the is a Congressional district that serves the area north of United States House of Representatives San Antonio and a significant portion of Austin in the state of Texas. The current Representative from District 21 is Lamar Smith. He is not running for re-election in 2018.
List of representatives [ edit ]
January 3, 1935
Charles L. South
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1943
O. C. Fisher
January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1974
December 31, 1974 – January 3, 1975
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987
January 3, 1987–present
Elections [ edit ]
In the case of
, 548 U. S. 399 (2006), the League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the configuration of Texas' 15th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 28th congressional districts as drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. Replacement district boundaries for 2006 election were subsequently issued for the five districts by the local federal district court, and on election day in November, these five districts had open primaries, with a candidate being elected if he or she received over 50 percent of the vote, and runoff elections in December to decide elections in which no candidate gained an absolute majority in November.
In the 2006 election, Lamar Smith defeated veteran and college administrator John Courage with 60% of the vote.
In the 2010 election, Lamar Smith defeated Lainey Melnick with 68.9 percent of the vote. Melnick, an Austin real estate broker, officially filed papers with the
Federal Election Commission on June 23, 2009 to become a candidate.
Incumbent Lamar Smith faced five challengers in the 2012 general election on November 6, 2012:
Candace Duval ( Dem), John-Henry Liberty ( Lib), Fidel Castillo ( Grn), Bill Stout (Grn), and Carlos Pena ( Ind).
Lamar Smith will not be running for reelection in 2018.
On the Democratic side, four candidates are running to replace him: Joseph Kopser, entrepreneur and Army veteran; Derrick Crowe, activist; Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle; and Mary Wilson, pastor.  The primary election took place on March 6, 2018.  After a runoff against Mary Street Wilson, Joseph Kopser won the May 22, 2018 Democratic primary with 58% of the vote. 
Election results [ edit ]
Historical district boundaries [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"Congressional Districts Relationship Files (State-based)". www.census.gov . Retrieved . February 8, 2018
"My Congressional District". www.census.gov . Retrieved . February 8, 2018
"Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017 . Retrieved . April 7, 2017
Livingston, Abby (November 2, 2017). "Lamar Smith retiring from Congress". . Austin, Texas The Texas Tribune . Retrieved . November 2, 2017
Austin American-Statesman accessed 4 August 2006; link broken 18 October 2006
"Texas' 21st Congressional District elections, 2012". ballotpedia.org . Retrieved . September 14, 2012
"Lamar Smith won't seek reelection to House". www.politico.com. November 2, 2017 . Retrieved . January 30, 2018
"Who's on the Texas primary ballots in 2018?". apps.texastribune.org. January 24, 2018 . Retrieved . January 30, 2018
"Important 2018 Election dates". www.sos.state.tx.us . Retrieved . January 30, 2018
"Texas Primary Runoff Election Results: 21st House District" . Retrieved . July 26, 2018
Coordinates: 30°03′28″N 98°58′31″W / 30.05778°N 98.97528°W