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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Texas State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Texas State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Texas State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 15 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. No incumbents lost, and thus 15 incumbents were re-elected to the Texas State Senate.
  • Of the 16 seats up for election, 5 were won by Democrats and 11 by Republicans.
  • 8 candidates were unopposed, 0 Democrats and 8 Republicans.
  • Only 4 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Texas, 1 incumbent senator did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 15 incumbents (93.8%) ran for re-election. All 15 won re-election.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

John Whitmire, first elected to the Texas State Senate in 1982.

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


No incumbents were defeated.

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


No challengers defeated an incumbent.

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Texas, 1 new senator will be sworn-in, Democratic candidate Jose R. Rodriguez. In total, Texas elected 16 senators, 11 Republicans and 5 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

The following is the newly-elected member of the Texas State Senate:

Democratic

Republican


No Republican challengers won election.

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican


No Republican challengers won an open seat.

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Texas State Senate:

Democratic

Dan Patrick was first elected to the senate in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

Jane Nelson was one of eight unopposed Republican senate candidates in 2010. She was first elected in 1992.

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Texas, 12 candidates (24.0% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 12, 1 was a Democrat and 11 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic


All Democratic candidates faced a Republican opponent.

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Texas, 8 (25%) of the 32 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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Texas State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Texas House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

Texas House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 73 51
     Republican Party 76 98
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 150 150


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 137 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 20 incumbents lost, and thus 116 incumbents were re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 20 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 34 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 35, 4 are Democrats and 30 are Republicans
  • Of the 150 seats up for election, 51 were won by Democrats and 99 by Republicans.
  • 91 candidates were unopposed, 37 Democrats and 54 Republicans.
  • Only 5 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Texas, 137 (91.3%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 137, 20 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 20 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Dan Branch was first elected to the house in 2002. He was re-elected in 2010.


  1. Abel Herrero
  2. Allan Ritter
  3. Allen Fletcher
  4. Allen Vaught
  5. Alma Allen
  6. Ana Hernandez Luna
  7. Angie Chen Button
  8. Armando Martinez
  9. Armando Walle
  10. Barbara Mallory Caraway
  11. Beverly Woolley
  12. Borris Miles
  13. Brandon Creighton
  14. Bryan Hughes
  15. Burt Solomons
  16. Byron Cook
  17. Carol Alvarado
  18. Carol Kent
  19. Charles Anderson
  20. Charlie Geren
  21. Charlie Howard
  22. Chente Quintanilla
  23. Chris Turner
  24. Chuck Hopson
  25. Craig Eiland
  26. Dan Branch
  27. Dan Flynn
  28. David McQuade Leibowitz
  29. Dawnna Dukes
  30. Debbie Riddle
  31. Dennis Bonnen
  32. Diana Maldonado
  33. Diane Patrick
  34. Donna Howard
  35. Doug Miller (Texas)
  36. Drew Darby
  37. Dwayne Bohac
  38. Eddie Lucio, III
  39. Eddie Rodriguez
  40. Edmund Kuempel
  41. Ellen Cohen
  42. Elliott Naishtat
  43. Eric Johnson, Texas Representative
  44. Fred Brown
  45. Garnet Coleman
  46. Gary Elkins
  47. Geanie Morrison
  48. Harold Dutton, Jr.
  49. Harvey Hilderbran
  50. Helen Giddings
  51. Hubert Vo
  52. Jerry Madden
  53. Jessica Farrar
  54. Jim Dunnam
  55. Jim Jackson
  56. Jim Keffer
  57. Jim McReynolds
  58. Jim Pitts
  59. Jimmie Don Aycock
  60. Joaquin Castro
  61. Jodie Laubenberg
  62. Joe Deshotel
  63. Joe Driver
  64. Joe Farias
  65. Joe Heflin
  66. Joe Pickett
  67. Joe Straus
  68. John Davis (Texas)
  69. John Otto
  70. John Smithee
  71. John Zerwas
  72. Jose Menendez
  73. Joseph Moody
  74. Kelly Hancock
  75. Ken Legler
  76. Ken Paxton
  77. Kirk England
  78. Kristi Thibaut
  79. Larry Phillips (Texas)
  80. Larry Taylor (Texas)
  81. Leo Berman
  82. Linda Harper-Brown
  83. Lois Kolkhorst
  84. Lon Burnam
  85. Marc Veasey
  86. Marisa Marquez
  87. Mark Homer
  88. Mark Shelton
  89. Mark Strama
  90. Mike Hamilton
  91. Myra Crownover
  92. Patricia Harless
  93. Patrick Rose
  94. Paula Pierson
  95. Pete Gallego
  96. Phil King
  97. Rafael Anchia
  98. Ralph Sheffield
  99. Randy Weber
  100. Rene Oliveira
  101. Richard Raymond
  102. Rick Hardcastle
  103. Rob Eissler
  104. Rob Orr
  105. Robert Miklos
  106. Roberto Alonzo
  107. Roland Gutierrez
  108. Ruth Jones McClendon
  109. Ryan Guillen
  110. Scott Hochberg
  111. Senfronia Thompson
  112. Sid Miller
  113. Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
  114. Stephen Frost
  115. Susan King
  116. Sylvester Turner
  117. Tan Parker
  118. Tim Kleinschmidt
  119. Todd Hunter
  120. Todd Smith, Texas Representative
  121. Tom Craddick
  122. Tracy King
  123. Trey Martinez Fischer
  124. Tryon Lewis
  125. Van Taylor
  126. Veronica Gonzales
  127. Vicki Truitt
  128. Warren Chisum
  129. Wayne Christian
  130. Wayne Smith
  131. Will Ford Hartnett
  132. William Callegari
  133. Yvonne Davis
  134. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Abel Herrero
Allen Vaught
Carol Kent
Chris Turner
David McQuade Leibowitz
Diana Maldonado
Ellen Cohen
Jim Dunnam
Jim McReynolds
Joe Heflin
Joseph Moody
Kirk England
Kristi Thibaut
Mark Homer
Patrick Rose
Paula Pierson
Robert Miklos
Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
Stephen Frost
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles

Challengers who beat an incumbent

Erwin Cain was first elected to the house in 2010. He defeated incumbent Mark Homer (D). in the general election.

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:

Raul Torres was first elected to the house in 2010. He defeated incumbent Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D) in the general election.


CandidatePartyDistrict
Barbara Nash
Bill Zedler
Charles Perry
Cindy Burkett
Connie Scott
Dee Margo
Erwin Cain
George Lavender
James White, Texas
Jason Isaac
Jim Landtroop
Jim Murphy (Texas)
John Garza
Jose Aliseda
Kenneth Sheets
Larry Gonzales
Marva Beck
Paul Workman
Raul Torres
Rodney Anderson, Texas
Sarah Davis
Stefani Carter

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Texas, 34 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 34, 4 are Democrats and 30 are Republicans. In the 12 open seat contests, Republicans won 4 and Democrats 8. In total, Texas elected 150 representatives, 99 Republicans and 51 Democrats.

George Lavender was first elected to the house in 2010. He defeated incumbent Stephen Frost (D).

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Texas House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Texas House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Tom Craddick was first elected to the house in 1968. He won re-election in 2010.


  1. Allan Ritter
  2. Allen Fletcher
  3. Angie Chen Button
  4. Barbara Nash
  5. Beverly Woolley
  6. Bill Zedler
  7. Brandon Creighton
  8. Bryan Hughes
  9. Burt Solomons
  10. Byron Cook
  11. Charles Anderson
  12. Charles Perry
  13. Charles Schwertner
  14. Charlie Geren
  15. Charlie Howard
  16. Chuck Hopson
  17. Cindy Burkett
  18. Connie Scott
  19. Dan Branch
  20. Dan Flynn
  21. Dan Huberty
  22. David Simpson (Texas)
  23. Debbie Riddle
  24. Dee Margo
  25. Dennis Bonnen
  26. Diane Patrick
  27. Doug Miller (Texas)
  28. Drew Darby
  29. Dwayne Bohac
  30. Edmund Kuempel
  31. Erwin Cain
  32. Four Price
  33. Fred Brown
  34. Gary Elkins
  35. Geanie Morrison
  36. George Lavender
  37. Harvey Hilderbran
  38. James White, Texas
  39. Jason Isaac
  40. Jerry Madden
  41. Jim Jackson
  42. Jim Keffer
  43. Jim Landtroop
  44. Jim Murphy (Texas)
  45. Jim Pitts
  46. Jimmie Don Aycock
  47. Jodie Laubenberg
  48. Joe Driver
  49. Joe Straus
  50. John Davis (Texas)
  51. John Frullo
  52. John Garza
  53. John Otto
  54. John Smithee
  55. John Zerwas
  56. Jose Aliseda
  57. Kelly Hancock
  58. Ken Legler
  59. Ken Paxton
  60. Kenneth Sheets
  61. Lance Gooden
  62. Lanham Lyne
  63. Larry Gonzales
  64. Larry Phillips (Texas)
  65. Larry Taylor (Texas)
  66. Leo Berman
  67. Linda Harper-Brown
  68. Lois Kolkhorst
  69. Lyle Larson
  70. Mark Shelton
  71. Marva Beck
  72. Mike Hamilton
  73. Myra Crownover
  74. Patricia Harless
  75. Paul Workman
  76. Phil King
  77. Ralph Sheffield
  78. Randy Weber
  79. Raul Torres
  80. Rick Hardcastle
  81. Rob Eissler
  82. Rob Orr
  83. Rodney Anderson, Texas
  84. Sarah Davis
  85. Sid Miller
  86. Stefani Carter
  87. Susan King
  88. Tan Parker
  89. Tim Kleinschmidt
  90. Todd Hunter
  91. Todd Smith, Texas Representative
  92. Tom Craddick
  93. Tryon Lewis
  94. Van Taylor
  95. Vicki Truitt
  96. Warren Chisum
  97. Wayne Christian
  98. Wayne Smith
  99. Will Ford Hartnett
  100. William Callegari

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Texas, 91 candidates (60.7% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 91, 37 were Democrats and 54 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Aaron Pena was first elected to the house in 2002. He wonre-election in 2010, unopposed in the general election.

Republican

Ballot Access

In Texas, 67 (24.5%) of the 273 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:


  1. Alfred Montestruc
  2. Arthur DiBianca
  3. Barry Allison
  4. Ben Easton
  5. Brandon Parsons
  6. Brandon Weaver
  7. Brian Holk
  8. Bryce Stash
  9. Cecil Ince
  10. Charles McCoy
  11. Clifford Messina
  12. Colin Sewards
  13. Darcey Kobs
  14. David Bell
  15. David Floyd (Texas)
  16. David LeBlanc
  17. Derek Grayson
  18. Derek Johnson
  19. Diane Chisholm
  20. Douglas Hanson
  21. Emily Cowan
  22. Eric Baumgart
  23. Eric Brandt
  24. Eric Holdt
  25. Eric Roberson
  26. Gene Freeman
  27. George Emery
  28. Gerald LaFleur
  29. J. Douglas Froneberger
  30. James Hudspeth
  31. Jeffrey Blunt
  32. Jim Foreman
  33. Joe Spencer (Texas)
  34. Joel Grace
  35. Joey Roland
  36. Jon Fitts
  37. Kate Wedeikes
  38. Kenneth Myers
  39. Kris Bailey
  40. Lindy Suze
  41. Melissa Pehle-Hill
  42. Michael Ryan
  43. Nathan Kleffman
  44. Neill Snider
  45. Nicholas Cordova
  46. Penny Hendrix
  47. Rhys Blavier
  48. Richard Cross
  49. Richard Forsythe, Jr.
  50. Richard Shuey
  51. Robert Nowotny
  52. Robyn Burwell
  53. Rod Wingo
  54. Ron Machuca
  55. Ryan Gray
  56. Samuel Calkin
  57. Taylor Nolan
  58. Timothy Flood
  59. Tom Stewart
  60. Travis Hill
  61. Trent Gale
  62. Troy Camplin
  63. Vicente Carranza
  64. Wesley Hamner
  65. Will Bratton

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