Texas's 25th congressional district


Texas's 25th congressional district

Infobox U.S. congressional district
state = Texas
district number = 25



image width = 350
image caption =
representative = Lloyd Doggett
party = Democratic
english area =
metric area =
percent urban =
percent rural =
population = 651,619
population year = 2000
median income = 28,348
percent white =66.5
percent black = 7.6
percent asian = 1.2
percent native american = 0.6
percent hispanic = 66.8
percent other race = 0.4
percent blue collar =
percent white collar =
percent gray collar =
cpvi = D+1

Texas District 25 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves several counties in the Central Texas area. For the 2004 elections, it had an elongated shape stretching from deep south Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border to Austin as a result of Tom Delay's mid-decade 2003 redistricting of Texas congressional districts. The district's shape led Texas Democrats to nickname it "the fajita strip." The District then took it's current shape for the 2006 elections. The current Representative from District 25 is Lloyd Doggett.

Recent elections

2004 election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Lloyd Doggett
votes = 108,309
percentage = 67.6
change = +12.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
candidate = Rebecca Klein
votes = 49,252
percentage = 30.7
change = -12.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Libertarian Party (US)
candidate = James Werner
votes = 2,656
percentage = 1.7
change = +0.7

Election box majority
votes = 59,057
percentage = 36.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 160,217
percentage =
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Democratic Party (US)
swing = +12.6

2006 election

On June 28, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Texas legislature's 2003 redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act in the case of District 23. The main basis for the ruling was that the old 23rd was a protected majority-Hispanic district--in other words, if the 23rd was redrawn in a way to put Hispanics in a minority, a new majority-Hispanic district had to be created. Since the 25th was not compact enough to be an acceptable replacement, the 23rd had to be struck down. The size of the 23rd required the redrawing of nearly every district from El Paso to San Antonio.

As a result, on August 4, 2006, a 3 judge panel announced replacement district boundaries for 2006 election for the 23rd district, as well as for the 15th, 21st, 25th and 28th districts. On election day in November, these five districts held open primaries; if any candidate received over 50%, they were elected. Otherwise, a runoff election in December decided the seat. [ [http://www.statesman.com/news/content/gen/ap/TX_Redistricting_Texas.html Austin American-Statesman 4 August2006 ] ]

The redrawn 25th is more compact and restricted to Central Texas, comprising more of Travis County, most of Bastrop County, and all of Hays, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, and Colorado Counties. [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/texas/redistricting-8-4-2006.pdf]

Incumbent congressman Doggett faced Republican Grant Rostig (formerly the Libertarian nominee), independent candidate Brian Parrett, and Libertarian Party Barbara Cunningham, and won re-election.

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