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Texas's 21st congressional district

Texas's 21st congressional district
Texas's 21st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 21st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Lamar S. Smith (RSan Antonio)
Population (2000) 651,619
Median income $55,609
Ethnicity 84.0% White, 3.9% Black, 3.1% Asian, 18.1% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% other
Cook PVI R+11 (2012)

Texas District 21 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves the area north of San Antonio in the state of Texas. The current Representative from District 21 is Lamar S. Smith. He ran for re-election in 2012.[1]

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Note
District created January 3, 1935
Charles L. South Democratic January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1943
O. C. Fisher Democratic January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1974 Retired
Vacant December 31, 1974 – January 3, 1975
Bob Krueger Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Tom Loeffler Republican January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Lamar S. Smith Republican January 3, 1987–present Incumbent



In the case of League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, 548 U. S. 399 (2006), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the configuration of Texas' 15th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 28th congressional districts as drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. Replacement district boundaries for 2006 election were subsequently issued for the five districts by the local federal district court, and on election day in November, these five districts had open primaries, with a candidate being elected if he or she received over 50 percent of the vote, and runoff elections in December to decide elections in which no candidate gained an absolute majority in November.[2]

In the 2006 election, Lamar Smith defeated veteran and college administrator John Courage with 60% of the vote.


In the 2010 election, Lamar Smith defeated Lainey Melnick with 68.9 percent of the vote. Melnick, an Austin real estate broker, officially filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on June 23, 2009 to become a candidate.[3]


Incumbent Lamar Smith faced five challengers in the 2012 general election on November 6, 2012: Candace Duval (Dem), John-Henry Liberty (Lib), Fidel Castillo (Grn), Bill Stout (Grn), and Carlos Pena (Ind).[4]

Election results

US House election, 2012: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lamar Smith (Incumbent) 187,015 60.55%
Democratic Candace E. Duval 109,326 35.40%
Libertarian John-Henry Liberty 12,524 4.05%
Totals 308,865 100.0%
US House election, 2010: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lamar S. Smith 169,924 68.9 -11.09
Democratic Lainey Melnick 65,834 27.9 +3.39
Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 7,687 3.3 -16.7
Majority 96929
Turnout 236,284
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2008: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lamar S. Smith 243,471 79.99 +19.89
Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 60,879 20 +18
Majority 182,592
Turnout 304,350
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2006: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lamar S. Smith 122,486 60.1 -1.4
Democratic John Courage 49,957 24.51 -10.99
Democratic Gene Kelly 18,355 9
Independent Tommy Ray Calvert Jr 5,280 2.59
Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 4,076 2.0 -1.0
Independent James Lyle Peterson 2,189 1.07
Independent Mark J. Rossano 1,439 0.7
Turnout 203,782
Republican hold Swing
US House election, 2004: Texas District 21
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lamar S. Smith 209,774 61.5 -11.4
Democratic Rhett Smith 121,129 35.5 +10.2
Libertarian Jason Pratt 10,216 3.0 +1.1
Majority 88,645 26.0
Turnout 341,119
Republican hold Swing -10.8

Historical district boundaries

2007 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ "Lamar Smith for Congress". Texans for Lamar Smith. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Austin American-Statesman accessed 4 August 2006; link broken 18 October 2006
  3. ^ Lamar Smith draws Democratic challenger - Austin American Statesman
  4. ^,_2012
  • 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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