Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Texas Congressional Seats

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

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MADISON, Wisconsin: Texas had 36 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 29 incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012.

Two congressional districts saw partisan switches in the general election. Texas also gained four seats as a result of census redistricting. The 23rd congressional district's incumbent Francisco Canseco (R) was defeated by his challenger Pete Gallego (D). The 25th congressional district became more Republican as a result of redistricting, which led to Lloyd Doggett's decision to run in the 35th congressional district where he won and Roger Williams (R) winning the 25th congressional district seat. Two of the three other newly created districts also were won by Democratic candidates. The 33rd congressional district was won by Marc Veasey (D) and the 34th congressional district was won by Filemon Vela (D). The remaining congressional district, the 36th congressional district was won by Steve Stockman (R). In all, the Democratic party picked up three seats and the Republican party picked up one in the general election.

Here are the candidates who won election from Texas.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Shirley McKellar
Republican Party Louie Gohmert
Libertarian Party Clark Patterson
Louie Gohmert Republican Party Louie Gohmert No
2nd Democratic Party Jim Dougherty
Republican Party Ted Poe
Libertarian Party Kenneth Duncan
Green Party Mark Roberts
Ted Poe Republican Party Ted Poe No
3rd Republican Party Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson Republican Party Sam Johnson No
4th Democratic Party VaLinda Hathcox
Republican Party Ralph Hall
Libertarian Party Thomas Griffing
Ralph Hall Republican Party Ralph Hall No
5th Democratic Party Linda Mrosko
Republican Party Jeb Hensarling
Libertarian Party Ken Ashby
Jeb Hensarling Republican Party Jeb Hensarling No
6th Democratic Party Kenneth Sanders
Republican Party Joe Barton
Libertarian Party Hugh Chauvin
Green Party Brandon Parmer
Joe Barton Republican Party Joe Barton No
7th Democratic Party James Cargas
Republican Party John Culberson
Libertarian Party Drew Parks
Green Party Lance Findley
John Culberson Republican Party John Culberson No
8th Democratic Party Neil Burns
Republican Party Kevin Brady
Libertarian Party Roy Hall
Kevin Brady Republican Party Kevin Brady No
9th Democratic Party Al Green
Republican Party Steve Mueller
Libertarian Party John Wieder
Green Party Vanessa Foster
Al Green Democratic Party Al Green No
10th Democratic Party Tawana Cadien
Republican Party Michael McCaul
Libertarian Party Richard Priest
Michael McCaul Republican Party Michael McCaul No
11th Democratic Party Jim Riley
Republican Party Mike Conaway
Libertarian Party Scott Ballard
Mike Conaway Republican Party Mike Conaway No
12th Democratic Party Dave Robinson
Republican Party Kay Granger
Libertarian Party Matthew Solodow
Kay Granger Republican Party Kay Granger No
13th Republican Party Mac Thornberry
Libertarian Party John Robert Deek
Green Party Keith Houston
Mac Thornberry Republican Party Mac Thornberry No
14th Democratic Party Nick Lampson
Republican Party Randy Weber
Libertarian Party Zach Grady
Green Party Rhett Rosenquest Smith
Ron Paul Republican Party Randy Weber No
15th Democratic Party Ruben Hinojosa
Republican Party Dale Brueggemann
Libertarian Party Ronald Finch
Rubén Hinojosa Democratic Party Ruben Hinojosa No
16th Democratic Party Beto O'Rourke
Republican Party Barbara Carrasco
Libertarian Party Junart Sodoy
Silvestre Reyes Democratic Party Beto O'Rourke No
17th Republican Party Bill Flores
Libertarian Party Ben Easton
Bill Flores Republican Party Bill Flores No
18th Democratic Party Sheila Jackson Lee
Republican Party Sean Seibert
Libertarian Party Christopher Barber
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic Party Sheila Jackson Lee No
19th Republican Party Randy Neugebauer
Libertarian Party Richard Peterson
Randy Neugebauer Republican Party Randy Neugebauer No
20th Democratic Party Joaquin Castro
Republican Party David Rosa
Libertarian Party A.E. Potts
Green Party Antonio Diaz
Charles Gonzalez Democratic Party Joaquin Castro No
21st Democratic Party Candace Duval
Republican Party Lamar Smith
Libertarian Party John-Henry Liberty
Lamar Smith Republican Party Lamar Smith No
22nd Democratic Party Kesha Rogers
Republican Party Pete Olson
Libertarian Party Steve Susman
Green Party Don Cook
Pete Olson Republican Party Pete Olson No
23rd Democratic Party Pete Gallego
Republican Party Francisco Canseco
Libertarian Party Jeffrey Blunt
Green Party Ed Scharf
Francisco Canseco Democratic Party Pete Gallego Yes
24th Democratic Party Tim Rusk
Republican Party Kenny Marchant
Libertarian Party John Stathas
Kenny Marchant Republican Party Kenny Marchant No
25th Democratic Party Elaine Henderson
Republican Party Roger Williams
Libertarian Party Betsy Dewey
Lloyd Doggett Republican Party Roger Williams Yes
26th Democratic Party David Sanchez
Republican Party Michael C. Burgess
Libertarian Party Mark Boler
Michael C. Burgess Republican Party Michael C. Burgess No
27th Democratic Party Rose Meza Harrison
Republican Party Blake Farenthold
Libertarian Party Corrie Byrd
Independent William Bret Baldwin
Blake Farenthold Republican Party Blake Farenthold No
28th Democratic Party Henry Cuellar
Republican Party William Hayward
Libertarian Party Patrick Hisel
Green Party Michael Cary
Henry Cuellar Democratic Party Henry Cuellar No
29th Democratic Party Gene Green
Libertarian Party James Stanczak
Green Party Maria Selva
Gene Green Democratic Party Gene Green No
30th Democratic Party Eddie Bernice Johnson
Republican Party Travis Washington, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ed Rankin
Eddie Bernice Johnson Democratic Party Eddie Bernice Johnson No
31st Democratic Party Stephen Wyman
Republican Party John Carter
Libertarian Party Ethan Garofolo
John Carter Republican Party John Carter No
32nd Democratic Party Katherine Savers McGovern
Republican Party Pete Sessions
Libertarian Party Seth Hollist
Pete Sessions Republican Party Pete Sessions No
33rd Democratic Party Marc Veasey
Republican Party Chuck Bradley
Green Party Ed Lindsay
N/A Democratic Party Marc Veasey N/A
34th Democratic Party Filemon Vela
Republican Party Jessica Puente Bradshaw
Libertarian Party Steven Shanklin
N/A Democratic Party Filemon Vela N/A
35th Democratic Party Lloyd Doggett
Republican Party Susan Narvaiz
Libertarian Party Ross Lynn Leone
Green Party Meghan Owen
Independent Simon Alvarado (Write-in)
N/A Democratic Party Lloyd Doggett N/A
36th Democratic Party Max Martin
Republican Party Steve Stockman
Libertarian Party Michael Cole
N/A Republican Party Steve Stockman N/A


Members of the U.S. House from Texas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 12
     Republican Party 23 24
Total 32 36

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also

Texas