|Texas's 17th congressional district|
Texas's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
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. 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 universities, Texas A&M University in College Station and Baylor University in Waco.
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. 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%. Flores is the only Republican elected to represent the district since its creation in 1919.
|Representative||Party||Years||District home||Electoral history|
|District created||March 4, 1919|
Thomas L. Blanton
|Democratic||March 4, 1919 -
March 3, 1929
|Abilene||Redistricted from the 16th district.|
|Robert Q. Lee||Democratic||March 4, 1929 -
April 18, 1930
|Vacant||April 18, 1930 -|
May 20, 1930
Thomas L. Blanton
|Democratic||May 20, 1930 -
January 3, 1937
Clyde L. Garrett
|Democratic||January 3, 1937 -
January 3, 1941
Sam M. Russell
|Democratic||January 3, 1941 -
January 3, 1947
|Democratic||January 3, 1947 -
December 31, 1978
|Vacant||December 31, 1978 -|
January 3, 1979
|Democratic||January 3, 1979 -
January 3, 2005
|Democratic||January 3, 2005 -
January 3, 2011
|Waco||Redistricted from the 11th district.|
|Republican||January 3, 2011 -
|Libertarian||Shawn Michael Hamilton||4,009||3.02||-17.05|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing||+16.34|
|Libertarian||Gardner C. Osbourne||3,849||1.51||-0.07|