Federal House Candidates
Note to the Voter: Remember that you are the HR person choosing who is best qualified to be a US House Representative. Check out the Candidate's educational background, their work history, and Community Service. If it is an Incumbent (in office now and trying to get reelected) check their voting record. Very important. Did they vote the way they promised they would on their platform? Did they vote with their party or against it? Did the author or coauthor any bills? Which candidate is best qualified over all and lines up with your beliefs? That is who you should vote for. Find out more about them on their media pages and on https://www.house.gov/representatives.
About the Office:
Members in the House are called representatives. The population of each state determines how many representatives they will have but is entitled to at least one representative. There are currently 435 representatives, a number fixed by law since 1911. The new census data should change this through redistricting. Each representative serves for a two-year term. There are no term limits. As of the 2020 Census, Texas representatives represented an average of 766,986 residents.
"Clause 1 : The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
Clause 2 : No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Clause 3 : Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
Clause 4: When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.
Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
Besides the representative from each state, there are a small number of delegates and a resident commission.
Delegates are representatives from Washington D.C., as well as American Samoa, Guam, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. Delegates are able to perform many of the functions of a full representative, such as serve on committees. However, they are not able to vote during business such as the committee of the whole or on final passage of legislation. Delegates serve two-year terms.
The resident commissioner's functions are similar to the delegates, but the title is specifically for a representative from Puerto Rico. The resident commissioner serves a four-year term. The Philippines also had a resident commissioner before it became independent from the U.S. in 1946.
Must be at least 25 years old,
a US citizen for at least seven years,
and a resident of the state he or she represents.
There are several important leadership positions in the House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House: The speaker is the presiding officer elected by the members of the House. The speaker administers the Oath of Office to House members; chairs and nominates chairs to certain committees; and appoints select members of various committees and House staff.
Majority and Minority Leaders: The party with the most members elects the majority leader and the other party elects a minority leader. The majority leader customarily schedules legislative business on the House floor, while the minority leader serves as a spokesperson for the minority party. The two leaders are selected at their respective party conference or caucus.
Majority and Minority Whips: Each party also elects a whip who acts as a middleman for communication between party leaders and members of the caucus. The parties will also often create other similar positions to help with various communication duties.
Source:https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_House_of_Representatives; https://www.house.gov/the-house-explained; Redistricted CD 2002 Plan C2193.pdf
Currant US House of Representatives
US House of Representatives Candidates for 2024 by District
Jurisdiction: Bowie (91%), Camp (100%), Cass (100%), Franklin(100%), Gregg (100%), Harrison (100%), Marion (100%), Morris (100%), Panola (100%), Red River (75%), Rusk (100%), Sabine (100%), San Augustine(100%), Shelby (100%), Smith (100%), Titus (100%), Upshur (65%)
Jurisdiction:Harris (9%), and Montgomery (55%)
Jurisdiction:Collin (64%), and Hunt (86%)
Jurisdiction: Bowie (9%), Collin (29%), Delta (100%), Denton (6%), Fannin (100%), Grayson (100%), Hopkins(100%), Hunt (14%), Lamar (100%), Rains (100%), Red River (25%), and Rockwell (100%)
Jurisdiction: Dallas (16%), Henderson (100%), Kaufman (100%), Upshur, (35%) Van Zandt (100%), Wood (100%)
Jurisdiction: Anderson (100%), Cherokee (100%), Dallas (6%), Ellis (100%), Freestone (64%), Hill (100%), Johnson (27%), Navarro (100%), and Tarrant (7%)
District 7 Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (IN)
Attorney, Cofounded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders 2000, and board member of Writer in Schools and Open Dance Project
Platform: Civil Rights and Equality; Education; Energy and Environment; Flooding; Gun Violence Protection; Healthcare and Immigration; Jobs and Economy; National Security and Foreign Policy; Reproductive Rights and Healthcare; Social Security and Medicare; Transportation and Infrastructure; Voting Rights
Jurisdiction: Fort Bend (24%), and Harris (12%)
Jurisdiction: Harris (8%), Montgomery (45%), Polk (100%), San Jacinto(100%), and Walker (22%)
District 9 Al Green (IN) Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Without receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in Federal Procedure and Conflicts. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has fought for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard. After graduating from law school, Congressman Al Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Congressman Al Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
2005-Present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th Congressional District
1977-2004: Justice of the Peace, Harris County, Texas
1974: Graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston with a J.D.
1966-1971: Attended Florida A&M University
Platform: Impeachment of Trump-first to file for it, Civil Rights, Healthcare
Jurisdiction: Brazoria (24%), Fort Bend (18%), and Harris (11%)
Jurisdiction: Austin (100%), Bastrop (54%), Brazos (100%), Burleson (100%), Colorado (100%), Fayette, (100%), Grimes (100%), Lee (100%), Madison (100%), Travis (14%), Waller (100%), Washington (100%), and Williamson (8%)
Jurisdiction: Bell (47%), Brown (100%), Coke (100%), Coleman (100%), Concho (100%), Ector (100%), Glasscock (100%), Irion (100%), Kimble (100%), Lampasas (100%), Llano (100%), Mason (100%). McCulloch (100%), Menard (100%), Midland (100%), Mills (100%), Runnels (100%), San Saba (100%), Sterling (100%), and TomGreen (100%)
Jurisdiction: Parker (79%), and Tarrant (31%)
Jurisdiction: Archer (100%), Armstrong (100%), Baylor (100%), Briscoe (100%), Carson (100%), Childress (100%), Clay (100%), Collingsworth (100%), Cottle (100%), Dallam (100%) , Deaf Smith(100%), Denton (15%), Dickens (100%), Donley (100%), Foard (100%), Gray (100%), Hall( 100%), Hansford (100%,) Hardeman (100%), Hartley (100%), Hemphill (100%), Hutchinson (100%), King (100%), Knox (100%), Lipscomb (100%), Montague (100%), Moore (100%), Motley (100%), Ochiltree (100%), Oldham (100%), Potter (100%), Randall (100%), Roberts (100%), Sherman (100%), Wheeler (100%), Wichita (100%), Wilbarger (100%), and Wise (33%)
Jurisdiction: Brazoria (39%), Chambers ?, Galveston (100%), Jefferson (72%), and Orange (100%)
Jurisdiction: Brooks (100%), Guadalupe (40%), Hidalgo (66%), Jim Wells (100%), Karnes (100%), Live Oak (100%), and Wilson (100%)
District 16 Veronica Escobar (IN)
US House Rep since 2018. Former county judge for the El Paso County Court in Texas. Master's degree in English Literature from New York University and taught Chicano literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. 1st Hispanic Female (along with Sylvia Garcia) to represent Texas in the US House.
Jurisdiction: El Paso (89%)
Jurisdiction: Angelina (100%), Falls (100%), Freestone (36%), Houston (100%), Leon (100%), Limestone (100%), McLennan (100%), Milam (100%), Nacogdoches (100%), Robertson (100%), Travis (5%), Trinity (100%), Walker (78%), and Williamson (14%)
District 18 Sheila Jackson Lee (IN) Is running for the Mayor of Houston. Her seat on the House of Representatives will be up for election if she wins.
1995-present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 18th Congressional District
1990-1994: Houston, TX, city council member
1987-1990: Municipal judge, Houston, TX
1977-1978: Staff Counsel, United States House Select Committee on Assassinations
1975: Graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville with a J.D.
1972: Graduated from Yale University with a B.A.
Platform: Criminal Justice Reform, Children, Education, Energy, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Immigration, Homeland Security, Space and NASA, Veterans, Voting and Civil Rights
Jurisdiction: Harris (16%)
Jurisdiction: Andrews (100%), Bailey (100%), Borden (100%), Callahan (11%), dCastro (100%), Cochran (100%), Crosby (100%), Dawson (100%), Fisher (100%), Floyd (100%), Gaines (100%), Garza (100%), Hale (100%), Haskell (100%), Howard (100%), Jones (100%), and Kent (100%), Lamb (100%), Lubbock (100%), Lynn (100%), Martin (100%), Mitchell (100%), Nolan (100%), Parmer (100%), Scurry (100%), Shackelford (100%), Stonewall (100%), Swisher (100%), Taylor (100%), Terry (100%), Throckmorton (100%), and Yoakum (100%)
District 20 Joaquin Castro (IN)
Attorney/Professor Bachelor’s Stanford U, Law Harvard Law School, finished high school a year early, graduate with honors from Stanford University in 1996, Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2000, 5 terms as State Rep for district 125, 4 terms as US Rep for District 20, 2013 Co-President for the House freshman Democrats and currently serves as Chair of the Texas Democratic Caucus. Created the Trailblazers College Tour, personally raising money to send underprivileged students on college visits, giving them exposure to some of the nation’s best institutions of higher education. Founded SA READS, San Antonio’s largest literacy campaign and book drive. Over 200,000 books have been distributed to more than 150 schools and shelters across the city. To honor and express gratitude to San Antonio grandparents and other family members raising relatives who aren’t their children, Joaquin created the annual Families Helping Families dinner and awards. He has also taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary’s University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University. Joaquin is active on several boards of education-related, non-profit organizations, including the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) Taskforce on Education.
Platform: A pathway to citizenship is long overdue for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and millions of essential workers, We have the ability to prevent hunger in America — it’s a policy choice, Lower the cost of child care, Universal Pre-K, Free community college,
Strengthen public schools, Prevent child hunger, Secure good-paying jobs,
Build Back Better
Jurisdiction:: Bexar (38%)
Jurisdiction: Bandera (100%), Bexar (17%), Blanco (100%), Comal (84%), Gillespie (100%), Hays (43%), Kendall (100%), Kerr (100%), Real,(100%), Travis (2%)
Jurisdiction: Matagorda (100%), and Wharton (100%)
Jurisdiction: Bexar (17%), Brewster (100%), Crane (100%), Crockett (100%), Culberson (100%), Dimmit (100%), Edwards (100%), El Paso (11%), Frio (100%), Hudspeth (100%), Jeff Davis (100%), Kinney (100%), La Salle (100%), Loving (100%), Maverick (100%), Medina(100%), Pecos (100%), Presidio (100%), Reagan (100%), Reeves (100%), Schleicher (100%), Sutton (100%), Terrell (100%), Upton (100%), Uvalde (100%), Val Verde (100%), Ward (100%), Winkler (100%), and Zavala (100%)
District 23 Lee Bausinger up for election 2024. District 23 is huge. It has 29 counties, 880 miles of international border, Thousands of miles of roads and 10's of thousands of cows. There are counties with fewer than 1000 people in them. Some without incorporated cities or towns. It extends from El Paso to San Antonio. It is a daunting task to undertake. I see 5 issues I want to focus on:
Immigration reform (Most of the US / Mexico border is here)
Common sense gun reform (Uvalde is in this district)
Healthcare access (esp. Women's health)
Education and educators (America needs teachers!)
Water infrastructure (vitally important to this district)
These are problems which are too big for rural areas to handle alone, and I have ideas and plans. Please support me in making those plans come to life!
Jurisdiction:: Bexar (17%), Brewster (100%), Crane (100%), Crockett (100%), Culberson (100%), Dimmit (100%), Edwards (100%), El Paso (11%), Frio (100%), Hudspeth (100%), Jeff Davis (100%), Kinney (100%), La Salle (100%), Loving (100%), Maverick (100%), Medina(100%), Pecos (100%), Presidio (100%), Reagan (100%), Reeves (100%), Schleicher (100%), Sutton (100%), Terrell (100%), Upton (100%), Uvalde (100%), Val Verde (100%), Ward (100%), Winkler (100%), and Zavala (100%)
Jurisdiction: Dallas (10%), and Tarrant (24%)
Jurisdiction: Callahan (89%), Comanche (100%) , Eastland (100%), Erath (100%), Hood (100%), Jack (100%), Johnson (73%), Palo Pento (100%), Parker (21%), Somervell (100%), Stephens (100%), Tarrant (18%), and Young (100%)
Jurisdiction: Cooke (100%), Denton (75%), Tarrant ? and Wise (67%)
Jurisdiction: Aransas (100%), Bastrop (46%), Bee(100%), Caldwell (100%) , Calhoun (100%) , De Witt (100%), Goliad (100%), Gonzales (100%), Jackson (100%), Lavaca (100%), Nueces (100%), Refugio (100%) , San Patricio (100%) , Victoria (100%)
District 28 Henry Cuellar (IN)
Attorney, Texas House of Rep. 187-2001 and as the Texas Secretary of State 2001-5 advanced degrees: Certified, Budget and Finance, Georgetown University; PhD, Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1998;MBA, International Trade, Texas A&M University, 1982; JD, University of Texas at Austin, 1981; BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1978; AA, Political Science, Laredo Community College, 1976
2005-present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 28th Congressional District
2001: Texas Secretary of State
1987-2001: Texas House of Representatives
1998: Graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a Ph.D.
1982: Graduated from Texas A&M International University with an M.A.
1981: Graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a J.D.
1978: Graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S.
Platform: Protecting Public Safety, Supporting Veterans, Inspiring Future Leaders, Energy and the Environment
Jurisdiction: Atascosa (100%), Bexar (13%), Duval (100%), Guadalupe (60%), Jim Hogg (100%), McMullen(100%), Starr (100%), Webb (100%), and Zapata (100%)
District 29 Sylvia Garcia (IN)
Attorney, Texas State Senator 2013-2018, Director and presiding Judge for the Houston Municipal System and as Houston City Controller, Harris County Commissioner’s Court. Sylvia Garcia was born in Palito Blanco, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work and political science from Texas Woman's University and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Garcia’s career experience includes working as a social worker and a legal aid lawyer. She served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. Garcia was elected city controller in Houston and the Harris County Commissioner's Court. She served in the Texas State Senate, representing District 6, from 2013 to 2018. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 2, 2013.
Platform:Advocate for Women, Supporter of Equality, Fighter for Transparency and Accountability, Immigration Policy with a Heart, An Equal Opportunity Economy,
Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare
Jurisdiction: Harris (16%)
District 30 Jasmine Crockett
Rep.Jasmine Crockett earned her BA in Business Administration from Rhodes College, and her JD from University of Houston. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, Arkansas, and Federal Courts. Crockett is the past Bowie County Democratic Party Chair, holds various leadership positions within the legal community, former board member of the Dallas County Metrocare Services, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Jasmine won her race with a trailblazing voter contact operation that was about listening and learning from the community and earning the trust and support of voters. Jasmine won with overwhelming grassroots and community support from her neighbors and constituents who agreed it was time for a new generation of leadership to disrupt politics as usual and get to work for the people.
Jurisdiction: Dallas (27%) and Tarrant (2%)
Jurisdiction Bell (53%), Bosque (100%), Burnet (100%), Coryell (100%), Hamilton (100%), Williamson (68%)
District 32 Colin Allred (IN) Collin Allred is running against Ted Cruz for US Senate. His Representative seat will be open if he wins.
Before being elected to Congress, Allred played football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Tennessee Titans. After leaving the NFL, Allred earned a law degree and began practicing law. He then worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration. bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Allred’s career experience includes working as an undrafted free agent for the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League and an attorney at Perkins Coie law firm. He served as special assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel
Jurisdiction: Collin (7%), Dallas (25%), and Denton (4%)
District 33 Mark Veasey (IN)
Texas Wesleyan University in 1995.Community activist and has worked as a health care consultant, Legislative Aide to Democratic Congressman Martin Frost, Realtor, sports writer for Source Media's IT Network and for the Star-Telegram. Veasey is a member of the Fort Worth Ambassadors, Tarrant County Black Genealogical Society Advisory Committee and Volunteer Center of Tarrant County, Veasey founded the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus and serves as a co-chair of the caucus. Veasey also started the Blue Collar Caucus with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.). In addition, Veasey is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition.
2013-present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 33rd Congressional District
2004-2012: Texas House of Representatives
1998-2004: Staffer, Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas
1995: Graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a B.S.
Jurisdiction: Dallas (15%) and Tarrant (17%)
District 34 Vicente Gonzalez Jr. (IN)
Veteran, Attorney; He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Aviation in 1992 and later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law) in 1996. While attending law school, Congressman Gonzalez worked as an intern in the office of former Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz. In 1997, Congressman Gonzalez opened his law practice, V. Gonzalez & Associates. As a small business owner, Congressman Gonzalez understands the challenges facing American businesses. He serves on the House Committee on Financial Services. In Congress, he is working across party lines and with local, state, and federal government to expand economic opportunity for all. He serves on the Subcommittees on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets and Housing, Community Development and Insurance. In his second term, Congressman Gonzalez was appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee to promote stability, safety, success, and security around the world. He serves on the Subcommittees on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy; and Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber. In the 117th Congress, Gonzalez was re-appointed to the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Financial Services and personally selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, where he focuses on the connection between economic growth and infrastructure connectivity.
Jurisdiction: Cameron (100%), Hidalgo (34%), Kenedy (100%), Kleberg (100%), and Willacy (100%)
District 35 Greg Cesar
Austin City Council Member Greg is an Austin City Council Member and movement organizer who has supported working families from San Antonio to Hays County to East Austin. The proud son of Mexican immigrants, Greg has passed policies to protect families from being separated, raised wages for thousands of workers, and has successfully fought to expand civil rights protections. As a Council Member, Greg authored the paid-sick-days laws that passed in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, implementing what the Austin-American Statesman called the “most progressive labor policy for the entire state and possibly the American South.” He also raised wages for the City’s lowest-paid employees from $7.25/hour to $15/hour with health care benefits.When the State Legislature threatened to close the Planned Parenthood in East Austin, Greg worked with the city-supported clinic to keep it open. He also cleared the decades-long backlog of sexual assault evidence kits and expanded shelter for survivors of family violence. Greg continues to fight and deliver for affordable housing. He led the largest affordable housing elections in Texas history, and personally organized with tenants to block evictions and help mobile home communities purchase their own property. He has made sure that families who are being pushed out by rising prices can stay in their neighborhoods.Greg kept immigrant families from being separated by leading the statewide campaign against Texas Senate Bill 4—the infamous “Show Me Your Papers” law. He authored “Freedom City” policies that have reduced discriminatory arrests across Texas, and he worked to get those policies passed in San Antonio, Austin, and Hays County. Casar successfully ended all arrests and fines for low-level marijuana possession in Austin. Casar has fought for fairness by closing inexcusable tax loopholes for the wealthiest, and he has made sure that everyday Texans have a voice in government.
Jurisdiction: Bexar (15%), Comal (16%), Hays (57%), and Travis (23%)
Jurisdiction: Chambers (100%), Hardin (100%), Harris (9%), Jasper (100%), Jefferson (28%), Liberty (100%), Newton (100%), Tyler (23%)
District 37 Lloyd Doggett (IN)
Co-founder and co-chair of the House Prescription Drug Taskforce.
1995-Present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 35th Congressional District
1984: Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate
1989-1994: Adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin
1973-1985: Texas State Senate
1970: Graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin with a J.D.
1967: Graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a B.A.
Jurisdiction: Counties: Travis (55%), and Williamson (10%)
Jurisdiction: Harris (16%)