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Texas's 18th congressional district

Texas's 18th congressional district
Texas's 18th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 18th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (DHouston)
Population (2000) 651,619
Median income $31,293
Ethnicity 36.9% White, 40.4% Black, 3.4% Asian, 35.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% other
Cook PVI D+22 (2012)

Texas District 18 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves much of inner city Houston and the surrounding area. The current Representative from District 18 is Sheila Jackson Lee.

It was held by Barbara Charline Jordan, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South (in 1972), who was praised by many for her powerful presence in that body, and in particular, for her oratorical skills.

Since the district was moved to Houston in 1972, it has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election. The district gave George McGovern 69% in 1972 and Walter Mondale 72% in 1984.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1919
John M. Jones Democratic March 4, 1919 - November 20, 1940 Redistricted from the 13th district, Resigned after being appointed judge of the US Court of Claims
Vacant November 20, 1940 – January 3, 1941
Eugene Worley Democratic January 3, 1941 - April 3, 1950 Resigned after being appointed judge of the US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Ben H. Guill Republican May 6, 1950 – January 3, 1951 Won special election on May 6, 1950
Walter E. Rogers Democratic January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1967
Bob Price Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973 Redistricted to the 13th district
Barbara Jordan Democratic January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1979
Mickey Leland Democratic January 3, 1979 - August 7, 1989 Died
Vacant August 7, 1989 – December 9, 1989
Craig Washington Democratic December 9, 1989 - January 3, 1995
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic January 3, 1995 - Present Incumbent

Election results

US House election, 2010: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 85108 70.15
Republican John Faulk 33067 27.26
Libertarian Mike Taylor 3118 2.57
Independent Charles B. Meyer (Write-in) 28 0.02
Majority 52041 42.89
Turnout 125968 36.73
Democratic hold Swing
US House election, 2008: Texas District 18
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sheila Jackson Lee 148,617 77.32
Republican John Faulk 39,095 20.34
Libertarian Mike Taylor 4,486 2.33
Majority 109,522 56.98
Turnout 192,295 82.5
Democratic hold Swing

In Popular Culture

In the TV series The West Wing, the Texas 18th was represented by fictional Democratic Presidential Candidate Matt Santos.

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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