Texas Resources

Population: 27,469,114 (2015)

Filing deadline: Dec 11, 2017.

Primary: March 6; runoff May 22, 2018.

Texas (R+10) is a conservative state where the Democrats are hoping to become competitive with the growing share of Hispanics. So far, no luck though. Texas is 50% White, 11% Black and 34% Hispanic as of 2010.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 38. Texas is a solid GOP state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Ted Cruz

Senator class 1: Ted Cruz (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Commerce, Judiciary, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ted Cruz

Rating, July 15, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Ted Cruz (b.1970) had several jobs in the Bush II-administration and was then appointed Solicitor General of Texas. He defeated then Lieutenant General David Dewhurst in the 2012 primary and won 56% in November. His uncompromising brand of Conservatism contributed to his loss in the Presidential primaries in 2016.

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John Cornyn

Senator class 2: John Cornyn (R)
Committees: Finance, Judiciary, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Cornyn

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer, judge and Attorney General John Cornyn (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and won re-election in 2014 with 62%. He is currently Chief Whip of the GOP Senate caucus.

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Representatives: 36 Representatives; 11 Democrats and 25 Republicans.

Louie Gohmert

District 1
Representative: Louie Gohmert (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee:
Republican nominee: Louie Gohmert

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+24) covers eastern Texas, along the Louisiana border. It is 68% White, 17% Black and 12% Hispanic. Veteran and former judge Louie Gohmert (b.1953) was first elected in 2004, when he defeated an incumbent Democrat. He won re-election in 2016 with 74%.

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Ted Poe

District 2
Representative: Ted Poe (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The district (R+16) runs in a circle around appx. 3/4 of Houston and takes in outer areas of the city, with suburbs. It is 54% White, 9% Black, 28% Hispanic and 7% Asian. Judge Ted Poe (b.1948) was first elected in 2004, when he beat an incumbent Democrat. He was re-elected with 61% in 2016. Poe has been diagnosed with leukemia and is not seeking reelction in 2018.

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Sam Johnson

District 3
Representative: Sam Johnson (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+17) includes the northern and northeastern suburbs of Dallas and is 65% White, 13% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Veteran and contractor Sam Johnson (b.1930) won a special election in 1991 and took 61% in 2016. He is not running again in 2018.

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John Ratcliffe

District 4
Representative: John Ratcliffe (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Ratcliffe

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+25) covers the northeastern parts of Texas, aka. Texarkana, including Paris and some northeastern suburbs of Dallas. It is 77% White, 10% Black and 10% Hispanic. Mayor and Federal Prosecutor John Ratcliffe (b.1965) beat the incumbent GOP Congressman in the 2014 primary and was reelected with no Democratic opposition in 2016.

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Jeb Hensarling

District 5
Representative: Jeb Hen­sar­ling (R)
Committees: Financial Services (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The district (R+17) covers the areas east and southeast of Dallas. It is 63% White, 13% Black and 21% Hispanic. Lawyer and businessman Jeb Hen­sar­ling (b.1957) was first elected in 2002 and reelected in 2016 with no Democratic opposition. He is not running for reelection.

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Joe Barton

District 6
Representative: Joe Barton (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Joe Barton

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+11) includes suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is 59% White, 17% Black and 18% Hispanic. Businessman Joe Barton (b.1949) was first elected in 1984 and won 58% in 2016.

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John Culberson

District 7
Representative: John Cul­berson (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Cul­berson

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+13) contains some of the wealthiest parts of western Houston, with suburbs. It is 51% White, 11% Black, 27% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Lawyer and State Representative John Cul­berson (b.1956) was first elected in 2000 and won 56% in 2016.

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Kevin Brady

District 8
Representative: Kevin Brady (R)
Committees: Ways and Means (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Kevin Brady

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+29) covers the areas north of Houston, including some northern suburbs. It is 72% White, 8% Black and 17% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Kevin Brady (b.1955) was first elected in 1996 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Al Green

District 9
Representative: Al Green (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Al Green
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+25) contains the southern and southwestern parts of Houston. It is 14% White, 38% Black, 34% Hispanic and 13% Asian. Lawyer and judge Al Green (b.1947) was first elected in 2004 and won 81% in 2016.

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Mike McCaul

District 10
Representative: Mike McCaul (R)
Committees: Homeland Security (Chair), Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike McCaul

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+11) covers northwestern suburbs of Houston, stretching all the way to the northern parts of Austin. It is 62% White, 10% Black and 23% Hispanic. Lawyer and Assistant State Attorney General Mike McCaul (b.1962) was first elected in 2004 and won 57% in 2016.

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Mike Conaway

District 11
Representative: Mike Conaway (R)
Committees: Agriculture (Chair), Armed Services, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Conaway

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+31) covers the central and western parts of Texas, including Midland and Odessa. It is 66% White and 28% Hispanic. Accountant Mike Conaway (b.1948) was first elected in 2004 and had no opposition in 2016.

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Kay Granger

District 12
Representative: Kay Granger (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Kay Granger

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers the western parts of Fort Worth, with suburbs. It is 71% White and 17% Hispanic. Forth Worth Mayor Kay Granger (b.1943) was first elected in 1996 and reelected with 69% in 2016.

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William Thornberry

District 13
Representative: Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry (R)
Committees: Armed Services (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+32) covers the Panhandle west of Oklahoma, and a splinter southeast along the state border, including Amarillo. It is 71% White and 20% Hispanic. Lawyer and farmer Wil­liam “Mac” Thorn­berry (b.1958) was first elected in 1994 and had no opponent in 2016.

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Randy Weber

District 14
Representative: Randy Weber (R)
Committees: Transportation, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Randy Weber

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+12) covers the southeastern corner of Texas, running along the southern Louisiana border and down the coast. It includes Galveston and southeastern suburbs of Houston. It is 57% White, 20% Black and 19% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Randy Weber (b.1953) won the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2012, and was reelected in 2016 with 62%.

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Vicente Gonzalez

District 15
Representative: Vicente Gonzalez (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeVicente Gonzalez
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+5) is long and thin, stretching from the Mexican border in the south all the way to the northeastern suburbs of San Antonio in the north. It is 19% White and 77% Hispanic. Lawyer Vicente Gonzalez (b.1957) held the seat for the Dems in 2016 with 57%.

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Beto O’Rourke

District 16
Representative: Beto O’Rourke (D)
C
ommittees: Armed Services, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, April 2, 2017:
The district (D+12) basically covers El Paso. It is 17% White and 78% Hispanic. Businessman and El Paso Councilman Beto O’Rourke (b.1972) defeated an incumbent in the 2012 primary and was reelected without opposition in 2016. He is running for Senate in 2018.

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Bill Flores

District 17
Representative: Bill Flores (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bill Flores

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+13) lies in eastern Texas and includes Waco and northern suburbs of Austin. It is 62% White, 12% Black and 20% Hispanic. Businessman Bill Flores (b.1954) was first elected in 2010, when he defeated an incumbent Democrat. He won 61% in 2016.

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Sheila Jackson-Lee

District 18
Representative: Sheila Jackson-Lee (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Homeland Security, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Sheila Jackson-Lee
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+24) covers most of central Houston, It is 20% White, 41% Black and 34% Hispanic. Judge and Houston City Councilwoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (b.1950) was first elected in 1994 and took 74% in 2016.

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Jodey Arrington

District 19
Representative: Jodey Arrington (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Budget, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jodey Arrington

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+26) lies in northwestern Texas and includes Lubbock and Abilene. It is 62% White and 29% Hispanic. Former George W. Bush aide and University offical Jodey Arrington (b.1972) won the seat without opposition in 2016.

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Joaquin Castro

District 20
Representative: Joaquin Castro (D)
Committees: Intelligence, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Joaquin Castro
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+6) covers western parts of San Antonio, with suburbs. It is 27% White and 65% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Joaquin Castro (b.1974) was first elected in 2012 and had no GOP opposition in 2016.

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Lamar Smith

District 21
Representative: Lamar Smith (R)
Committees: Science (Chair), Homeland Security, Judicary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The district (R+12) runs from the northern parts of San Antonio to the southern parts of Austin, plus a large area north and northwest of San Antonio. It is 67% White and 25% Hispanic. Lawyer Lamar Smith (b.1947) was first elected in 1986 and won 57% in 2016. He is not seeking another term in 2018.

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Pete Olson

District 22
Representative: Pete Olson (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Pete Olson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP .

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers areas south and southwest of Houston. It is 48% White, 12% Black, 22% Hispanic and 16% Asian. Lawyer and veteran Pete Olson (b.1962) was first elected in 2008 and won 60% in 2016.

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Will Hurd

District 23
Representative: Will Hurd (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Oversight, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Will Hurd

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+3) covers most of southwestern Texas, from the suburbs of El Paso to the suburbs San Antonio. It is 29% White and 66% Hispanic. Former CIA-agent Will Hurd (b.1977) won the district from an incumbent Democrat in 2014, and held it against the same man in 2016 with 49%,

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Kenny Marchant

District 24
Representative: Kenny Mar­chant (R)
Committees: Ethics, Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Kenny Mar­chant

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+13) contains the northern suburbs of both Fort Worth and Dallas. It is 57% White, 10% Black, 20% Hispanic and 11% Asian. Businessman and State Representative Kenny Mar­chant (b.1951) was first elected in 2004 and took 56% in 2016.

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Roger Williams

District 25
Representative: Roger Wil­liams (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Roger Wil­liams

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+12) contains the southern suburbs of Fort Worth and runs to areas southwest of Austin. It is 73% White and 15% Hispanic. Businessman Roger Wil­liams (b.1949) has had several jobs in the State administration and for the Republican Party in Texas. He was first elected in 2012 and won 58% in 2016.

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Michael Burgess

District 26
Representative: Michael Bur­gess (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Michael Bur­gess

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+20) covers the outer, northern suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is 72% White and 15% Hispanic. Physician Michael Bur­gess (b.1950) was first elected in 2002 and won 66% in 2016.

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R. Blake Farenthold

District 27
Representative: R. Blake Farent­hold (R)
Committees: Justice, Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Blake Farent­hold

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+13) covers the central coastal areas, including Corpus Christi, with a sliver going up to the southeastern suburbs of Austin. It is 47% White and 45% Hispanic. Businessman and lawyer R. Blake Farent­hold (b.1961) beat an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and won 62% in 2016. He only won 56% in the primary against an unknown opponent last time, so he may be vulnerable against someone better known in 2018.

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Henry Cuellar

District 28
Representative: Henry Cuellar (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Henry Cuellar
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+7) runs from the Mexican border in the south, up to the western suburbs of San Antonio in the north. It is 21% White and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Henry Cuellar (b.1955) was first elected in 2004 and won 66% in 2016.

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Gene Green

District 29
Representative: Gene Green (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The district (D+12) covers the outer, eastern parts of Houston, with suburbs. It is 15% White, 10% Black and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer Gene Green (b.1947) was first elected in 1992 and won 73% in 2016. He is retiring in 2018.

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Bernice Johnson

District 30
Representative: Ber­nice Johnson (D)
Committees: Science (Ranking), Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Ber­nice Johnson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+27) covers the minority areas of southern Dallas, with suburbs. It is 21% White, 45% Black and 31% Hispanic. Nurse and State Senator Ber­nice Johnson (b.1935) was first elected in 1992 and won 88% in 2016.

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John Carter

District 31
Representative: John Carter (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Carter

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP .

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+12) covers the outer, northern suburbs of Austin, running along I-35 north to Temple. It is 64% White, 11% Black and 20% Hispanic. Judge John Carter (b.1941) was first elected in 2002 and won 58% in 2016.

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Pete Sessions

District 32
Representative: Pete Ses­sions (R)
Committees: Rules (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Pete Ses­sions

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Leans GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+10) covers northern and northeastern suburbs of Dallas, including the current home of former President George W. Bush. It is 58% White, 11% Black and 22% Hispanic. Businessman Pete Ses­sions (b.1955) was first elected in 1996 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Marc Veasy

District 33
Representative: Marc Veasey (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Science.

Democratic nominee: Marc Veasey
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+18) includes central Fort Worth and runs east to central Dallas. It is 20% White, 17% Black and 60% Hispanic. State Representative Marc Veasy (b.1971) was first elected in 2012 and won 74% in 2016.

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Filemon Vela

District 34
Representative: Filemon Vela (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: Filemon Vela
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+8) runs along the southern coastline from Brownsville up to Corpus Christi and then northwest to the eastern suburbs of San Antonio. It is 18% White and 73% Hispanic. Lawyer Filemon Vela (b.1963) was first elected in 2012 and won 63% in 2016.

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Lloyd Doggett

District 35
Representative: Lloyd Dog­gett (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Lloyd Dog­gett
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+11) runs from the eastern parts of San Antonio to the southern and eastern parts og Austin. It is 30% White, 10% Black and 58% Hispanic. State Senator and judge Lloyd Dog­gett (b.1946) was first elected in 1994 and won 63% in 2014.

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Brian Babin

District 36
Representative: Brian Babin (R)
Committees: Science, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brian Babin

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+25) runs from the state border with Louisiana to Houston’s southern and eastern suburbs. It is 69% White, 9% Black and 18% Hispanic. Dentist Brian Babin (b.1948) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 and had no opposition in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The third Tuesday of January.

There are no term limits for any of the State Offices in Texas.

Greg Abbott

Governor: Greg Abbott (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Greg Abbott

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former judge and State Attorney General Greg Abbott (b.1957) was elected with 59% in 2014. He has been in a wheelchair since a tree fell on him in 1984.

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Dan Patrick

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dan Patrick

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governer is nominated and elected separately in Texas. Former State Senator Dan Patrick (b.1950) beat the incumbent Republican in the primary in 2014 and won in November with 58%.

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Glenn Hegar

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Glenn Hegar

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and former State Representative and State Senator Glenn Hegar (b.1970) took 58% in 2014.

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Ken Paxton

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ken Paxton

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and former State Senator Ken Paxton (b.1962) took 59% in 2014. He is currently under Federal investigation for fraud.

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Sid Miller

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Sid Miller

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Teacher and former State Representative Sid Miller (b.1955) was elected with 59% in 2014.

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George P. Bush

Land Commissioner George P. Bush (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: George P. Bush

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The grandchild of President George Bush, the son of Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush, lawyer, veteran and businessman George Prescott Bush (b.1976) was elected with 61% in 2014.

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Wayne Christian

Railroad Commissioner: Wayne Christian (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Wayne Christian

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The GOP held the seat with financial advisor and former State Representative Wayne Christian (b.1950), who won 53% in 2016.

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Christi Craddick

Railroad Commissioner: Christi Crad­dick (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Christi Crad­dick

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Christi Crad­dick (b.1970) was first elected in 2012 with 56%.

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Ryan Sitton

Railroad Commissioner: Ryan Sitton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ryan Sitton

Rating, Jan 28, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Oil engineer Ryan Sitton (b.1975) was first elected in 2014 with 58%.

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State Senate: 31 (11D / 20R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 150 (55D / 95R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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