Tribpedia: Texas Congressional Delegation

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Texans are represented in the U.S. Congress by two senators and 32 representatives. This map shows the district divisions for the 32 members of the US House of Representatives.

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is interviewed by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is interviewed by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

Cornyn: GOP Must Lead and Not Throw Tantrums

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said on Saturday that he lamented his party’s contribution to what he said was a dysfunctional government, and he criticized the Obama administration's handling of the current crisis over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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.

Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Texans in D.C. Share Special Sense of Camaraderie

On Texas Independence Day, more than 60 Lone Star transplants in the nation's capital gathered to celebrate with breakfast tacos. Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, the many Texans who have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs are eager to share the familiar talk and tastes of home.

 

Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Consultant Who Stumped for Cruz Targets Sessions

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is facing a primary challenge from Katrina Pierson, a candidate with strong ties to the national Tea Party movement and Ted Cruz's successful campaign for U.S. Senate. For Pierson, the campaign is just the latest step in her growing immersion into Texas politics.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.

Castro: No Split Among Democrats on Immigration Reform

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said that despite reports that some Democrats are urging their colleagues not to work with House Republicans on immigration reform, the party remains united and wants to see something pass before the year ends.

The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.
The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.

Dispute Over Scanning Machine May Stall Bridge Opening

Just weeks before a new rail bridge connecting Texas and Mexico is set to open, controversy surrounding an X-ray machine for the bridge has unfolded. County officials in the Rio Grande Valley say it's on Customs and Border Protection to pay to relocate it, but the feds say they don't have the money. 

Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012.   Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.
Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.

Congressional Democrats Write Letter to Boehner

Eight Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday, outlining the effects of the federal government shutdown on the state and demanding a clean continuing resolution— legislation to fund the budget without language defunding President Obama’s health care law.

 

Some Texas Lawmakers Forgo Federal Pay During Shutdown

As thousands of federal workers across Texas and the nation prepare to go without paychecks during the government shutdown, some lawmakers are planning to forgo their federal pay, too. Some lawmakers and organizations are calling on members of Congress to give up their pay until they get the government running again.

Cruz, Cornyn Still Prominent Critics of Health Care Law

With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.

Pension Rules to Benefit 10 in Congressional Delegation

A vote by the Texas Legislature to raise state district judges' salaries will benefit lawmakers whose state pensions are based on the judges' salaries. Among those benefiting are 10 members of Texas' congressional delegation. While some say the practice is suspect, others say that it is fair for lawmakers who have moved on from state positions.

With an eye toward restoring at least a modicum of bipartisanship in bitterly divided Washington, a group of Texans in Congress wants to bring back meetings of the entire delegation without regard to party affiliation.
With an eye toward restoring at least a modicum of bipartisanship in bitterly divided Washington, a group of Texans in Congress wants to bring back meetings of the entire delegation without regard to party affiliation.

Texans Seek Bipartisanship in a Sharply Divided D.C.

U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady and Pete Gallego are from different political parties, but they are united in trying to bring a little bipartisanship to the Texas delegation. They have scheduled a breakfast next week, with other congressmen, to discuss ways to forge a common agenda for the state.