Texas' 15th congressional district

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Texas's 15th congressional district
Current Representative Rubén Hinojosa (DMercedes)
Population (2000) 651,619
Median income $28,061
Cook PVI D+1 (2012)

Texas District 15 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves a thin section of the far south of the state of Texas. The district's current Representative is Democrat Rubén Hinojosa, elected in 1996.

The district's best-known Representative was John Nance Garner, who represented the district from its creation in 1903 until 1933, and was Speaker of the House from 1931 to 1933 and Vice President of the United States from 1933 to 1941.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1903
John Nance Garner Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1933
Resigned to become U.S. Vice-President
Vacant March 4, 1933 –
April 23, 1933
Milton H. West Democratic April 23, 1933 –
October 28, 1948
First elected to finish Garner's term
Died
Vacant October 28, 1948 –
December 4, 1948
Lloyd Bentsen Democratic December 4, 1948 –
January 3, 1955
First elected to finish West's term
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Joe M. Kilgore Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1965
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Kika de la Garza Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1997
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Rubén Hinojosa Democratic January 3, 1997 –
present
Incumbent

Recent election results

1996

US House election, 1996: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 86,347 62.3
Republican Tom Haughey 50,914 36.7
Natural Law Rob Wofford 1,333 0.96
Majority 35,433 24.6
Turnout 138,594
Democratic hold Swing

1998

US House election, 1998: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 47,957 58.3 -4.0
Republican Tom Haughey 34,221 41.6 +4.9
Majority 13,736 16.7
Turnout 82,178
Democratic hold Swing

2000

US House election, 2000: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 106,570 88.4 +26.1
Libertarian Frank Jones 13,167 10.9 +10.9
Independent Israel Cantu 711 0.59 +0.59
Majority 93,403 76.9
Turnout 120,448
Democratic hold Swing

2002

US House election, 2002: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 66,311 100.0 +11.5
Majority 66,311 +11.5
Turnout 66,311
Democratic hold Swing

2004

US House election, 2004: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 96,089 57.8 -42.2
Republican Michael Thamm 67,917 40.8 +40.8
Libertarian William Cady 2,352 1.4 +1.4
Majority 28,172 16.9
Turnout 166,358
Democratic hold Swing

2006

On June 28, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Texas legislature's redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act in the case of District 23. As a result, on August 4, 2006, a 3 judge panel announced replacement district boundaries for 2006 election for the 23rd district, as well as for the 15th, 21st, 25th and 28th districts. On election day in November, these 5 districts had open primaries; a candidate needed to receive more than 50% of the popular vote to be elected. Otherwise, a runoff election in December would decide the seat.[1]

US House election, 2006: Texas District 15 Special Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 43,236 61.7 +3.9
Republican Paul B. Haring 16,601 23.7 -17.1
Republican Eddie Zamora 10,150 14.5 +14.5
Majority 16,485 38.0
Turnout 69,987
Democratic hold Swing

2008

US House election, 2008: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 107,578 65.7 +4.0
Republican Eddie Zamora 52,303 31.9 +8.2
Libertarian Gricha Raether 3,827 2.3 +2.3
Majority 52,303 33.7
Turnout 163,708
Democratic hold Swing

2010

US House election, 2010: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa 53,546 55.7 -10.0
Republican Eddie Zamora 39,964 41.5 +9.6
Libertarian William Cady 2,570 2.6 +0.3
Majority 39,964 11.6
Turnout 96,080
Democratic hold Swing

2012

US House election, 2012: Texas District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rubén Hinojosa
Republican Dale Brueggemann
Libertarian Ronald Finch
Independent Benjamin Perez
Majority
Turnout
hold Swing

References

  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

Coordinates: 27°45′00″N 98°15′48″W / 27.75000°N 98.26333°W / 27.75000; -98.26333

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