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Texas's 16th congressional district

Texas's 16th congressional district
Texas's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Beto O'Rourke (DEl Paso)
Population (2000) 651,619
Median income $32,245
Ethnicity 73.9% White, 3.2% Black, 1.0% Asian, 77.7% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 1.2% other
Cook PVI D+9 (2012)

Texas District 16 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves El Paso and the surrounding area in the state of Texas. The current Representative from District 16 is Beto O'Rourke.

At one time, the 16th stretched across 42,000 square miles (110,000 km2), from El Paso in the west to the Permian Basin (Midland and Odessa) in the east. However, after Texas' original 1960 district map was thrown out as a result of Wesberry v. Sanders, the 16th was shrunk down to El Paso and most of its suburbs.

Recent election results

US House election, 2004: Texas District 16
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Silvestre Reyes 108,577 67.5 -32.5
Republican David Brigham 49,972 31.1 +31.1
Libertarian Brad Clardy 2,224 1.4 +1.4
Majority 58,605 36.5
Turnout 160,773
Democratic hold Swing -31.8

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1903
William Robert Smith Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1917
Thomas L. Blanton Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
Redistricted to the 17th district
Claude Benton Hudspeth Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1931
R. Ewing Thomason Democratic March 4, 1931 –
July 31, 1947
Resigned to become U.S. District Judge
Vacant July 31, 1947 –
August 23, 1947
Kenneth M. Regan Democratic August 23, 1947 –
January 3, 1955
J. T. Rutherford Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
Lost re-election
Ed Foreman Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Lost re-election
Richard C. White Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1983
Ronald D. Coleman Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1997
Silvestre Reyes Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2013
Lost renomination
Beto O'Rourke Democratic January 3, 2013 –

Historical district boundaries

2007 - 2013

See also


  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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