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Texas's 6th Congressional District

Texas's 6th congressional district
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Texas' 6th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
Distribution
  • 88.7% urban[1]
  • 11.3% rural
Population (2019)818,442[2]
Median household
income
$71,161[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+6[3]

Texas's 6th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives is in an area that includes Ellis and Navarro counties to the south and southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth area plus the southeast corner of Tarrant County. As of the 2010 census, the 6th district represented 698,498 people.[4] The district is currently represented by Republican Jake Ellzey.

The district was represented by Joe Barton from 1985 until 2019.[5] Other notable representatives include Olin "Tiger" Teague and Phil Gramm. The latter served as a Democrat, then notably resigned and ran as a Republican to win the ensuing special election.

A special election to fill the seat was held on May 1, 2021, with the winner being determined in a July 27 runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote. In the runoff, Republican state representative Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright (the widow of Ron Wright and the endorsee of former President Donald Trump),[6][7] winning the seat.

Election results from presidential races

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 66 - 34%
2004 President Bush 66 - 34%
2008 President McCain 57 - 42%
2012 President Romney 58 - 41%
2016 President Trump 54 - 42%
2020 President Trump 51 - 48%

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1875
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Gustav Schleicher
Democratic March 4, 1875 -
January 10, 1879
44th
45th
Elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Died.
Vacant January 10, 1879 -
April 15, 1879
45th
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Christopher C. Upson
Democratic April 15, 1879 -
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
Elected to finish Schleicher's term.
Re-elected in 1880.
Lost renomination.
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Olin Wellborn
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Lost renomination.
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Jo Abbott
Democratic March 4, 1887 -
March 3, 1897
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Retired.
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Robert E. Burke
Democratic March 4, 1897 -
June 5, 1901
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Died.
Vacant June 5, 1901 -
July 13, 1901
57th
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Dudley G. Wooten
Democratic July 13, 1901 -
March 3, 1903
Elected to finish Burke's term.
Lost renomination.
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Scott Field
Democratic March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1907
58th
59th
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Retired.
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Rufus Hardy
Democratic March 4, 1907 -
March 3, 1923
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
Elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Retired.
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Luther Alexander Johnson
Democratic March 4, 1923 -
July 17, 1946
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Resigned to become U.S. Tax Judge.
Vacant July 17, 1946 -
August 24, 1946
79th
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Olin E. Teague
Democratic August 24, 1946 -
December 31, 1978
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Elected to finish Johnson's term.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Retired, then resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1978 -
January 3, 1979
95th
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Phil Gramm
Democratic January 3, 1979 -
January 5, 1983
96th
97th
98th
Elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Resigned to run as a Republican.
Vacant January 5, 1983 -
February 12, 1983
98th
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Phil Gramm
Republican February 12, 1983 -
January 3, 1985
Re-elected to finish his own term.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
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Joe Barton
Republican January 3, 1985 -
January 3, 2019
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retired due to scandal.
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Ron Wright
Republican January 3, 2019 -
February 7, 2021
116th
117th
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
Died.[8]
Vacant February 7, 2021 -
July 30, 2021
117th
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Jake Ellzey
Republican July 30, 2021[9] -
Present
117th Elected to finish Wright's term.

Election results

US House election, 2004: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 168,767 66.0 -4.3
Democratic Morris Meyer 83,609 32.7 +5.0
Libertarian Stephen Schrader 3,251 1.3 +0.1
Turnout 255,627
Republican hold Swing -4.7
US House election, 2006: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 91,927 60.5 -5.5
Democratic David Harris 56,369 37.1 +4.4
Libertarian Carl Nulsen 3,740 2.5 +1.2
Turnout 152,036
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2008: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 174,008 62.0 +1.5
Democratic Ludwig Otto 99,919 35.6 -1.5
Libertarian Max Kock, III 6,655 2.4 -0.1
Turnout 280,582
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2010: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 107,140 65.9 +3.9
Democratic David Cozad 50,717 31.2 -4.4
Libertarian Byron Severns 4,700 2.9 +0.5
Turnout 162,557
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2012: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 145,019 58.0 -7.9
Democratic Kenneth Sanders 98,053 39.2 +8.0
Libertarian Hugh Chauvin 4,847 1.9 -1.0
Green Brandon Parmer 2,017 0.8 +0.8
Turnout 249,936
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2014: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 92,334 61.1 +3.1
Democratic David Cozad 55,027 36.4 -2.8
Libertarian Hugh Chauvin 3,635 2.4 +0.5
Turnout 150,996
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2016: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Barton (incumbent) 159,444 58.3 -2.8
Democratic Ruby Faye Woolridge 106,667 39.0 +2.6
Green Darrel Smith 7,185 2.6 +2.6
Turnout 273,296
Republican hold Swing
US House of Representatives elections, 2018: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ron Wright 135,779 53.1 -5.2
Democratic Jana Lynne Sanchez 116,040 45.4 +6.4
Libertarian Jason Harber 3,724 1.5 -0.9
Turnout 255,543
Republican hold Swing
2020 United States House of Representatives elections: Texas District 6
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ron Wright (incumbent) 179,507 52.8 -0.3
Democratic Stephen Daniel 149,530 44.0 -1.4
Libertarian Melanie A. Black 10,955 3.2 +1.7
Turnout 339,992
Republican hold Swing
2021 Texas's 6th congressional district special election[10]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Susan Wright 15,052 19.21
Republican Jake Ellzey 10,851 13.85
Democratic Jana Sanchez 10,497 13.39
Republican Brian Harrison 8,476 10.81
Democratic Shawn Lassiter 6,964 8.89
Republican John Anthony Castro 4,321 5.51
Democratic Tammy Allison Holloway 4,238 5.41
Democratic Lydia Bean 2,920 3.73
Republican Michael Wood 2,503 3.19
Republican Michael Ballantine 2,224 2.84
Republican Dan Rodimer 2,086 2.66
Democratic Daryl J. Eddings Sr. 1,652 2.11
Republican Mike Egan 1,543 1.97
Democratic Patrick Moses 1,189 1.52
Democratic Manuel R. Salazar III 1,119 1.43
Republican Sery Kim 888 1.13
Republican Travis Rodermund 460 0.59
Independent Adrian Mizher 351 0.45
Democratic Brian K. Stephenson 271 0.35
Libertarian Phil Gray 265 0.34
Democratic Matthew Hinterlong 252 0.32
Republican Jennifer Garcia Sharon 150 0.19
Democratic Chris Suprun 102 0.13
Total votes 78,374 100
General election
Republican Jake Ellzey 20,837 53.27
Republican Susan Wright 18,279 46.73
Total votes 39,116 100.00
Republican hold

This special election took place after Wright died from health complications related to COVID-19 on February 7, 2021.[11]

Historical district boundaries

2007-2013

Early in the district's history it stretched from the southern Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs all the way to Houston's northern suburbs. As Houston and DFW grew, the district shrank gradually northward, reaching its current boundaries today.

2012 redistricting

The 2012 redistricting process removed all of Trinity, Houston, Leon, Freestone, and Limestone counties from the district, while making the district more compact in southeastern Tarrant County.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ a b Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". April 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "Texas - Congressional District 6" (PDF). 2010.
  5. ^ Leslie, Katie (November 30, 2017). "Rep. Joe Barton: I will not seek re-election". Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Ethan Cohen, Adam Levy and Clare Foran. "Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas' 6th District special election with tight race for second spot". CNN. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ Svitek, Patrick. Gov. Greg Abbott sets July 27 as date of special election runoff to succeed late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, Texas Tribune, May 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Rep. Ron Wright of Arlington dies after 18-day battle with COVID-19". Dallas News. February 8, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ Fink, Jack (July 28, 2021). "After Ellzey Upsets Wright In Runoff Election, Tarrant County Republican And Democratic Parties Dissect Outcome". KTVT. Retrieved 2021. Congressman-Elect Jake Ellzey may be sworn-in as early as Friday, July 30
  10. ^ "Texas' 6th Congressional District's election results". www.texastribune.org. Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Rep. Ron Wright of Texas dies after hospitalization for Covid-19". NBC News. February 8, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "DistrictViewer". dvr.capitol.texas.gov.

Coordinates: 32°14?06?N 96°39?57?W / 32.23500°N 96.66583°W / 32.23500; -96.66583


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