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Texas's 26th congressional district

Texas's 26th congressional district
Texas's 26th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Texas's 26th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Michael C. Burgess (RLewisville)
Population (2000) 651,619
Median income $48,714
Ethnicity 72.9% White, 15.6% Black, 2.2% Asian, 14.3% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% other
Cook PVI R+20 (2012)

Texas District 26 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district in the state of Texas that serves an area in the northern portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex centering around Denton County. The current Representative is Michael C. Burgess. The District is best known as the seat of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.


The district was created after the 1980 census due to population growth in Texas and Denton County, specifically in its southern sector. From the beginning, the district map has been centered on Denton County, one of Texas's fastest-growing counties.

Except for the first election, won by Democrat Tom Vandergriff in 1982, the seat has been held by Republicans. As Denton County has become overwhelmingly Republican in recent years (every county officeholder is Republican, as are all of the members of the Texas Legislature representing the county), District 26 is considered a "safe seat" for the GOP.

The current makeup of the 26th District includes most of Denton County (only the southeast corner is not part of the District) as well as the eastern half of Cooke County, much of central Tarrant County, and a small sliver of northwest Dallas County.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress Electoral history
Tom Vandergriff Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
98th First elected in 1982

Lost re-election
Dick Armey Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 2003
99th First elected in 1984

Michael C. Burgess Republican January 3, 2003 –
108th First elected in 2002

Recent election results

2004 election

US House election, 2004: Texas District 26
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Michael C. Burgess 180,519 65.75 -9.1
Democratic Lico Reyes 89,809 32.71 +9.9
Libertarian James Gholston 4,211 1.53 +0.1
Majority 90,710 33.0
Turnout 274,539
Republican hold Swing -9.5

2006 election

US House election, 2006: Texas District 26
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Michael C. Burgess 94,219 60.21 -5.54
Democratic Tim Barnwell 58,271 37.23 +4.52
Libertarian Rich Haas 3,993 2.55 +1.02
Majority 35,948 22.97
Turnout 156,483
Republican hold Swing -5.03

2008 election

US House election, 2008: Texas District 26
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Michael C. Burgess 194,849 60.19 -0.02
Democratic Ken Leach 117,895 36.42 -0.82
Libertarian Stephanie Weiss 11,002 3.40 0.85

2010 election

US House election, 2010: Texas District 26
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Michael C. Burgess 120,683 67.08 +6.89
Democratic Neil Durrance 55,182 30.67 -5.75
Libertarian Mark Boler 4,049 2.25 -1.15

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. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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