87th LegislatureElections 2022State HouseProposed Texas House Map Could Pit Incumbents Against Each Other in Primaries

A new House map has been proposed for Texas, which places several incumbents together in the same districts.
September 30, 2021
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The first draft of the new map for the state House districts based on the 2020 census was released on Thursday morning.

Offered by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), the proposed shift in lines to balance out the population changes that happened over the past decade would pair several lawmakers together, which could lead to some tense primary competitions.

Proposed state House map Plan H2101. Image from the Texas Legislative Council.

In particular, the following districts include candidates where neither have announced they are retiring at the end of their term or running for a different office:

  • HD 19 would include Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) and Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls).
  • HD 26 would include Reps. Jacey Jetton (R-Richmond) and Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton).
  • HD 77 would include Reps. Claudia Ordaz Perez (D-El Paso) and Lina Ortega (D-El Paso).

Districts with lawmakers who were paired with one or both of the members having different plans for the next election cycle are as follows:

  • House District (HD) 7 would include Reps. Jay Dean (R-Longview) and Chris Paddie (R-Marshall). Paddie announced that he would not be seeking reelection earlier this month.
  • HD 9 would include Reps. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and James White (R-Hillister). White is not seeking reelection, but instead running to be the Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
  • HD 12 would include Reps. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) and Ben Leman (R-Anderson). Leman previously announced that he would not be seeking reelection.
  • HD 61 would include Reps. Phil King (R-Weatherford) and Glenn Rogers (R-Graford). King has announced plans to run for Senate District (SD) 10, presuming the proposed Senate map that places him in that district is adopted.
  • HD 63 would include Reps. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) and Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound). Parker is campaigning for SD 12, while Beckley launched a campaign for Texas’ 24th (TX-24) congressional district.
    • While no requirement exists for a congressional candidate to live in the district (unlike the requirement for state lawmakers), Beckley would not live within the boundaries of TX-24.
    • Under the proposed HD 63, Pres. Trump would have carried the district in 2020 with 52 percent of the vote, while Gov. Abbott would have carried the district in 2018 with 53 percent of the vote.
  • HD 108 would include Reps. John Turner (D-Dallas) and Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas). Turner announced that he would not be seeking reelection.
    • Under the proposed HD 108, Trump would have carried the district with 49.7 percent while Abbott would have carried it with 51.4 percent.

With the pairings and the shuffling of boundaries, a number of districts would also be left without any incumbent, including HD 10, HD 13, HD 20, HD 45, HD 57, HD 60, HD 65, HD 76, HD 85, HD 114, and HD 118.

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Detailed maps and analysis from the Texas Legislative Council can be found here, while an interactive map of the proposal can be found here.

The proposal from Hunter was offered under House Bill (HB) 1, and like the maps being considered in the Senate, will likely see amendments to change where certain lines are drawn as the bill works its way through the legislative process.

How long that process will take remains uncertain.

Though lawmakers only have 30 days during the called special session to pass bills, Gov. Abbott has reportedly said that another special session may be needed to complete the redistricting process.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.