Tribpedia: Texas Congressional Delegation

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left) was ousted by Republican Will Hurd, right, in the 2014 CD-23 contest.

Gallego to Seek Rematch With U.S. Rep. Hurd

As expected, former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, will run for Congress in a rematch against Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio. Hurd ousted Gallego in 2014 by a 2-point margin. The race for the 23rd District is likely to be Texas’ most exciting federal race in the fall of 2016, thanks to a lack of competitive House races.

Blake Farenthold speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas on June 12, 2010.
Blake Farenthold speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas on June 12, 2010.

Democrats Aim for Blake Farenthold's Seat

The hunt is on in Southeast Texas for a Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Blake FarentholdAt first glance, it might seem like an absurd notion; the Corpus Christi Republican won re-election easily in 2014. But some Democrats say they have designs on his seat because of accusations against him in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

Chris Christie Hires Austin Digital Firm

An Austin digital firm signed on Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's leadership PAC. Leadership Matters for America PAC hired Upstream Communications as part of its digital operation. The move could mean that the firm would be part of a presidential campaign, should Christie follow through on a run for the GOP nomination. 

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

GOP Group Targets Gohmert on Homeland Security Funding

After a week of legislative chaos over funding the Department of Homeland Security, a Republican group is running ads in U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert's East Texas district, looking to build support for a DHS funding bill.

 

 

John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

John Ratcliffe: The TT Interview

The new Texas congressman on ousting the dean of his home state's delegation, making friends in Washington and his insistence that he won't "fit into a particular box." 

Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is interviewed in his Longworth House building office in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2015.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is interviewed in his Longworth House building office in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Flores Doesn't See New Post as a Springboard

As the new chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores could position himself for a seat at the U.S. House's leadership table. But the Bryan Republican is talking more about term limits than leadership posts. In an interview with the Tribune, Flores also talked about the committee's growth and who his favorite Democrat is.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Analysis: The Court of Public Opinion, Revisited

High-profile public figures exonerated after prosecutions for violations of state ethics and election laws paved the way for public skepticism about those kinds of cases — like one now pending against Gov. Rick Perry. The governor, like Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison before him, contends that prosecutors are trying to make crimes of legal behavior.

A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.
A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.

Analysis: A Lot of Races, But Not as Much Drama

With fewer than 10 weeks left until Election Day, almost all of the Texas races for Congress and the Legislature are all but over. Just a handful of competitive races — one each in the congressional delegation and the state Senate and fewer than a dozen in the House —  remain. 

Analysis: Down the Ballot, Few Races in November

Political mapmakers have moved most of the real competition for congressional and legislative races in Texas to the March primaries. Though there will be 36 congressional races, 15 Senate races and 150 House races on the November general election ballot, only a dozen or so are expected to be truly competitive.