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Texas 2018 US Senate and House Elections and Candidates

Updated on April 8, 2018
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Daniel is a mechanical engineer residing in Texas who has worked in various manufacturing, training, and job recruitment functions.

With the mid term elections this year, there are several seats in Congress up for grabs. Primary elections were held on March 6th, 2018 and run-offs will be held on May 22nd with early voting taking place May 14th through May 22nd. Libertarian and Green Party candidates are elected via a nominating convention.

US Senator Ted Cruz

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US Senate Race

Office Summary

Senators serve in the higher chamber of Congress with Representatives serving in the lower chamber. Together the create legislation for the US Federal Government. The term of a Senator is 6 years with a $174,000 salary. Each state has two senators and the terms are staggered. For the state of Texas, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are the current senators. Ted Cruz's seat will be on the ballot in 2018 as John Cornyn's will be on the ballot in 2020.

US Representative Beto O'Rourke

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Candidates

Republican incumbent senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be seeking re-election in 2018 and won the Republican Primary. His campaign website can be found here and his official Senate website can be found here.

Beto O'Rourke, current Democratic Representative for the 16th District, will be the Democratic Candidate winning 61.8% of the Primary vote. His campaign website can be found here and his official representative website can be found here.

Neil Dikeman, Shalesh Ganjoo, Phil Gray, Ricky Dean Morris Jr., Shane Newsom, and Jeff Callaway are seeking nomination as the Libertarian candidate.

US Congressional District 2

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US Representative Races for Texas Districts

Office Summary

United States Representatives make up the lower chamber of Congress with is responsible for developing legislation for the Federal government. Allotment of representatives for each state is based on population size from the 2010 census. Texas has the second largest representative allocations following Colorado with roughly 8% of the voting power in the chamber. Terms last 2 years and all of the 36 Representative seats in Texas will be on the ballot in 2018. The office comes with a $174,000 salary.

2018 House Election Considerations
Texas makes up a little over 8% of all US Representatives and is second to only California. Texas was last redistricted in 2013 following the 2010 census and gained four additional seats. Texas' districts could also be heavily impacted by the ruling of the Gill v. Whitford which surrounds partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The ruling from this case could lead to subsequent cases in other states including Texas which should take place by June 2018. It is anticipated that 3.7 seats would shift from Republicans to Democrats based on analysis from the AP using the Efficiency Gap. Ultimately, depending on the outcome of the case, the below Districts could change.

District 1
This congressional district makes up the northeastern portion of Texas serving Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Longview, Marshall, and Tyler, Texas.

Brent Beal, business professor at the University of Texas-Tyler and Shirley J. McKellar seeking nomination as the Democratic candidate.

Incumbent Louie Gohmert, Anthony Culler, and Roshin Rowjee are seeking the Republican nomination.

District 2
This congressional district makes up portions of Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southeastern Houston and Harris County. It was the result of the split of the old 9th District when redistricting was done in 2003.

Kevin Roberts and Dan Crenshaw will be going to a run-off for the Republican Party candidacy beating out 7 other candidates seeking the Republican nomination.

Todd Litton, attorney and former White House intern will be the Democratic candidate winning 52.8% of the vote.

Silky Malik, J. Danell Jones, H. P. Parvizian, and Ali Khorasani were also seeking the Democratic nomination but lost the Primary.

James Kong and Patrick Gunnels are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 3
This congressional district is made up of the North and Northeastern Dallas suburbs serving McKinney, Plano, and Frisco.

State Senator/Marine Van Taylor, David Niederkorn, and Alex Donkervoet are seeking the Republican ticket.

Lorie Burch, Plano attorney/former President of American Business Women's Association and Sam Johnson, attorney/board member of the North-Texas/Oklahoma Anti-Defamation League are running for the democratic ticket along with Sam Johnson and Medrick Yhap.

Christopher Claytor and Scott Jameson are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

Businessman Roger Barone and Robert Mason are running as independents.

District 4
This congressional district is made up of the Northeastern edge of Texas ranging from outside Dallas to the Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana border.

Incumbent John Ratcliffe and John Cooper are seeking the Republican ticket.

Catherine Krantz and Lander Bethel are seeking the Democratic ticket.

Ken Ashby is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 5
This congressional district is made up of suburbs and rural areas southeast of Dallas. This includes Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, and Kaufman counties.

There are 8 candidates for the Republican ticket.

Dan Wood is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Ben Leder is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 6
This congressional district is made up of the rural areas south of Dallas and Fort Worth including Waxahachie and Corsicana.

John W. Duncan, civil rights lawyer, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic ticket.

Jason Allen Harber is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 7
This congressional district is made up of western Houston, upscale areas, and neighboring suburbs including the cities of Jersey Village, Bellaire, and West University Place.

Incumbent, John Culberson will be the Republican nominee.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser will be heading to the Democratic Primary run off.

District 8
This congressional district is made up of Montgomery, Trinity, Madison, Grimes, Houston and Walker Counties just north of the Houston metropolitan area. Todd Carlton and Steven David are seeking the Democratic ticket.

Bert Aguin and Chris Duncan are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 9
This congressional district is made up of the southwestern portion of Houston and the neighboring suburbs.

Phil Kurtz is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 10
This congressional district is made up of the western suburbs of Houston and the eastern suburbs of Austin including cities such as La Grange, Schulenburg, Columbus, Giddings, and Brenham. Tawana Cadien, Richie DeGrow, and Ryan Stone are seeking the Democratic ticket.

Bill Kelsey and Mike Ryan are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

Texas Congressional Districts

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District 11
This Congressional District makes up mid-western Texas. It is just west of Fort Worth and includes Midland, San Angelo, and Odessa.

Nicholas Landholt and Rhett Rosenquest Smith are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 12
This Congressional District is made up of the western portion of Tarrant County and all of Park County including cities of Aledo, Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park.

Jacob Leddy is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 13
This Congressional District is made up of Northern Texas in the panhandle and borders New Mexico and Oklahoma. It includes the cities of Witchita Falls and Amarillo.

Calvin DeWeese is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 14
This Congressional District is made up of areas South/Southwest of Houston where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. It includes Freeport, Angleton, Beaumont, and Galveston.

Don E. Conley III is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 15

This Congressional District makes up a vertical segment of southern Texas running from Seguin(outside of San Antonio) to the border with Mexico at Reynosa and McAllen.

Anthony Cristo and Ross Lynn Leone are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 16
This Congressional District is made up of the western tip of Texas and includes the city of El Paso bordering New Mexico and the country of Mexico.

County Judge Veronica Escobar, school board president Dori Fenenbock, and Navy veteran/high school teacher Nicole LeClaire are seeking the Democratic ticket.

Mackenzie Grubbs is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 17
This Congressional District is made up of a portion of Central Texas including Waco and the Bryan-College Station area.

Nicholas Becker and Peter Churchman are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 18
This Congressional District is made up of parts of inner city Houston and North Houston.

Luke Spencer is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 19
This Congressional District is made up of upper Midwest Texas and includes portions of Lubbock, Abilene and Snyder.

District 20
This Congressional District is made up of western San Antonio and Bexar County.

Chuck Pena and Michael "Commander" Idrogo are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

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District 21
This Congressional District makes up of northern San Antonio, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and portions of Austin.

Gil Robinson, Mark Loewe, and Lee Santos are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 22
This Congressional District is made up of the south-central suburbs of Greater Houston including parts of Fort Bend Country, much of Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Katy.

John B. McElligott is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 23
This Congressional District is made up of western and southwestern Texas excluding El Paso. It includes Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick TreviƱo will be heading the the Democratic run off.

Incumbent Will Hurd will be the Republican candidate.

Ruben Corvalan is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 24
This Congressional District is made up of the suburbs between Dallas and Fort Worth and includes portions of Tarrant, Dallas, and Denton County.

Jan McDowell will be the Democratic Primary candidate.

Incumbent Kenny E. Marchant will be the Republican candidate.

Emmanuel Lewis, Mike Kolls, and Roland Rangel are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 25
This Congressional District is made up of a stretch of land connecting from Forth Worth to Austin.It includes a piece of Travis and Tarrant County.

Chris Perri and Julie Oliver will be heading to the Democratic run off.

Incumbent Roger Williams will be the Republican candidate.

Desarae Lindsey is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 26
This Congressional District is made up of the northern Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and includes much of Denton and portions of Tarrant County.

Linsey Fagan will be the Democratic candidate.

Incumbent Michael C. Burgess will be the Republican candidate.

Mark Boler is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 27

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District 27
This Congressional District is made up of the the coastal regions off of the Gulf Coast and stretches from Corpus Christi to El Campo with a stretch going inland towards Bastrop.

Raul (Roy) Barrera and Eric Holguin are going to the Democratic run off.

Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud are going to the Republican run off.

Daniel Tinus is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 28
This Congressional District is made up of the northern Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and includes much of Denton and portions of Tarrant County.

Incumbent Henry Cuellar will be the Democratic nominee without a Republican challenger.

Arthur M Thomas IV is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 29
This Congressional District is made up of portions of eastern Greater Houston as well as portions of northern Greater Houston.

Phillip Aronoff and Carmen Maria Montiel will be heading to the Republican run-off election.

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia will be the Democratic candidate.

Cullen Burns, Richard Saettone, and Ruben Perez are seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 30
This Congressional District is made up of central and southern Dallas including Lancaster and Desoto.

Incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson will be the Democratic candidate with no Republican challenger.

Shawn Jones is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 31
This Congressional District is made up of a piece of central consisting of north Austin, Killeen, Georgetown, and Temple.

Air Force veteran Mary Jennings Hegar and M.D. Christine Eady Mann are heading to the Democratic run off.

Incumbent John Carter will be the Republican nominee.

Jason Hope is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 32
This Congressional District is made up of northeastern Dallas suburbs including much of Garland.

Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno will be heading to the Democratic run off.

Incumbent Pete Sessions will be the Republican candidate.

Melina Baker is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 33
This Congressional District is made up of portions of Dallas, Irving, Grand Prairie, and all of Cockrell Hill. It consists of pieces of Dallas and Tarrant County.

Marc Veasey will be the Democratic candidate.

Rey Gonzalez will be the Republican candidate.

Jason Reeves is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 34
This Congressional District is made up of a southern trip from outside Seguin to Brownsville. It includes Beeville, Kingsville, and Alice.

Incumbent, Filemon B. Vela will be the Democratic candidate.

Rey Gonzalez will be the Republican candidate.

District 35
This Congressional District is made up of a thin strip of Bexar, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, and Travis County spanning from Austin to San Antonio. It is considered one of the 10 most gerrymandered districts in the United States via the Washington Post.

Lloyd Doggett will be the Democratic candidate.

David Smalling will be the Republican candidate.

Clark Patterson is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

District 36
This Congressional District is made up of southeast Texas including all of Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, and portions of Harris County. It includes Pasadena, Mont Belvieu, Dayton, and Baytown.

Incumbent Brian Babin will be running as the Republican candidate.

Dayna Steele will be running as the Democratic candidate.

Robert Appelbaum is seeking the Libertarian nomination.

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    • Daniel Gottlob profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Gottlob 

      13 months ago from Texas

      Yeah, the 2nd Congressional District is pretty distorted. The 9th District is textbook packing. Needless to say, depending on the outcome of Gill v. Whitford in the Supreme Court; Texas is going to have a lot of work to do with the district map.

    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 

      13 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Wow look at that district! Talk about rigging the vote!! How about a normal looking shape!?

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