Lizzie Pannill Fletcher
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 7th district
January 3, 2019
Elizabeth Ann Pannill
February 13, 1975
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Relatives||Katherine Center (sister)|
|Education||Kenyon College (BA)|
College of William and Mary (JD)
Elizabeth Ann Pannill Fletcher (born February 13, 1975) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Texas. A Democrat, she is the member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 7th congressional district. The district, which was once represented by former President George H. W. Bush, includes much of western Houston.
She then returned to Houston, where she worked for the law firm Vinson & Elkins. Later, she worked at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, where she handled complex business litigation cases, becoming their first female law partner in 2015.
In the 2018 elections, Fletcher ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 7th congressional district. She defeated Laura Moser in the Democratic Party primary election after a primary and runoff election that saw Democrats sharply divided between Fletcher (backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and Moser (backed by Bernie Sanders's group Our Revolution.)
In the November 6 general election, Fletcher campaigned as a moderate against nine-term Republican incumbent John Culberson, ultimately defeating him by five percentage points (52.5% versus 47.5% of all votes.) Fletcher became the first Democrat to represent the district since its relocation to Houston, and is also the first woman to represent the district.
|Republican||John Culberson (incumbent)||115,642||47.5|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
A Houston native, Fletcher grew up in the district before heading to Ohio to attend Kenyon College, where she was in the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. She later attended William & Mary Law School.
The debate, held on the eve of early voting, contained mostly recurring themes from the campaign trail. The well-funded candidates have traded sharp rhetorical blows in the media and through TV ads, with Fletcher attacking Culberson's record and the congressman casting his opponent as too liberal.
Moser still made it into a runoff against Fletcher but was unable to build momentum during the next two months.
Moser placed second behind Fletcher out of seven candidates in the March primary but lost badly to Fletcher in a runoff Tuesday night...But while Moser ran a spirited campaign against Fletcher, she conceded the race quickly and graciously and pledged to back Fletcher's bid.
When Fletcher unseated Culberson Tuesday night by a relatively comfortable five points, however, she did so behind a Houston-centric campaign that emphasized her local roots and pulled in right-leaning independents and disillusioned Republicans. Now, having flipped a seat controlled for the last 52 years by Republicans, Fletcher heads to Washington with a target on her back, but also a desire to legislate with the same moderate approach she used to build her campaign.