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The list of candidates for each Texas House race has largely taken shape — here's a look at who's running in each district as primary elections loom.
December 20, 2019
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Last week, the campaign filing deadline came and went, meaning each candidate or elected official set to be on the ballot in 2020 now knows, with few exceptions, what the field of candidates will look like leading up to the general election.

Here’s a look at who will be running in House Districts 1-75:

House District 1 — Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 2 — Dan Flynn (R-Canton)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Dwayne “Doc” Collins, Bryan Slaton
  • General Opponent(s): Bill Brannon
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 80.04%

House District 3 — Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia)

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  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Martin Shupp
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 76.00%

House District 4 — Keith Bell (R-Forney)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 74.10%

House District 5 — Cole Hefner (R-Mt. Pleasant)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): LaWyanda Prince
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 79.35%

House District 6 — Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Julie Gobble
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 75.60%

House District 7 — Jay Dean (R-Longview)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 8 — Cody Harris (R-Palestine)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 78.22%

House District 9 — Chris Paddie (R-Marshall)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Mark Williams
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 10 — John Wray (R-Waxahachie) 

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Republican Candidate(s): Jake Ellzey, Ryan Pitts, Robert “Zack” Rader
  • Democrat Candidate(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 70.26%

House District 11 — Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Alec Johnson
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 74.36%

House District 12 — Kyle Kacal (R-College Station)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 67.59%

House District 13 — Ben Leman (R-Anderson)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 79.12%

House District 14 — John Raney (R-College Station)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Janet Dudding, Raza Rahman
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 56.38%

House District 15 — Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Lorena McGill
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 67.15%

House District 16 — Will Metcalf (R-Conroe)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 80.33%

House District 17 — John Cyrier (R-Lockhart)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Madeline Eden
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 62.55%

House District 18 — Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 75.49%

House District 19 — James White (R-Hillister)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 83.19%

House District 20 — Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jessica Tiedt
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 71.50%

House District 21 — Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 22 — Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jacorion Randle
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 23 — Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jeff Anotonelli
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 56.46%

House District 24 — Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Brian Rogers
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 69.59%

House District 25 — Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton)

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Republican Candidate(s): Troy Brimage, Ro’Vin Garrett, Rhonda Seth, Mitch Thames, Cody Vasut
  • Democrat Candidate(s): Patrick Henry
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 26 — Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land)

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Republican Candidate(s): Leonard Chan, Jacey Jetton, Matthew Morgan
  • Democrat Candidate(s): Lawrence Allen Jr., Sarah DeMerchant, Rish Oberoi, Suleman Lalani
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 52.41%

House District 27 — Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Byron Ross
  • General Opponent(s): Manish Seth, Tom Virippan
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 28 — John Zerwas (R-Richmond)

  • Incumbent: Retired — Special Election
  • Republican Candidate(s): Gary Gates
  • Democrat Candidate(s): Eliz Markowitz
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 54.16%

House District 29 — Ed Thompson (R-Pearland)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Travis Boldt
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 30 — Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Vanessa Hicks-Callaway
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 74.70%

House District 31 — Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Marian Knowlton
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 32 — Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Eric Holguin
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 33 — Justin Holland (R-Rockwall)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Andy Rose
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 65.00%

House District 34 — Abel Herrero (D-Robstown)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): James Hernandez
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 61.11%

House District 35 — Oscar Longoria (D-Mission)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 36 — Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (D-Palmview)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Abraham Pardon
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 37 — Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Amber Medina
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 38 — Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Erin Gamez
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 39 — Armando Martínez (D-Weslaco)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 40 — Terry Canales (D-Edinburg)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 41 — Bobby Guerra (D-Mission)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Richard Gonzales
  • General Opponent(s): John Guerra
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 61.49%

House District 42 — Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 74.31%

House District 43 — J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 61.12%

House District 44 — John Kuempel (R-Seguin) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Robert Bohmfalk
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 68.64%

House District 45 — Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Liliana Posada
  • General Opponent(s): Carrie Isaac, Austin Talley, Kent “Bud” Wymore
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 51.60%

House District 46 — Sheryl Cole (D-Austin) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 82.23%

House District 47 — Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Justin Berry, Jennifer Fleck, Jenny Roan Forgey, Aaron Reitz, Don Zimmerman
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 52.40%

House District 48 — Donna Howard (D-Austin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Bill Strieber
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 49 — Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jenai Aragona-Hales, Charles Meyer
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 83.00%

House District 50 — Celia Israel (D-Austin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Larry Delarose
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 51 — Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Joshua Sanchez
  • General Opponent(s): Robert Reynolds
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 52 — James Talarico (D-Round Rock)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Lucio Valdez
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 51.73%

House District 53 — Andrew Murr (R-Junction)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Joe Herrera
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 78.55%

House District 54 — Brad Buckley (R-Killeen)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Likeithia “Keke” Williams
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 53.80%

House District 55 — Hugh Shine (R-Temple)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 56 — Doc Anderson (R-Waco)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Katherine Turner-Pearson
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 65.78%

House District 57 — Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Jason Rogers
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 79.04%

House District 58 — DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Cindy Rocha
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 59 — J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Cody Johnson, Shelby Slawson
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 60 — Mike Lang (R-Granbury)

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Republican Candidate(s): Jon Francis, Christopher Perricone, Glenn Rogers, Kellye SoRelle
  • Democrat Candidate(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 61 — Phil King (R-Weatherford) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Christopher Cox
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 62 — Reggie Smith (R-Sherman)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Gary Thomas
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 76.16%

House District 63 — Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Leslie Peeler
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 67.12%

House District 64 — Lynn Stucky (R-Denton)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Angela Brewer
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 52.81%

House District 65 — Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Paige Dixon
  • General Opponent(s): Nancy Cline, Kronda Thimesch
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 51.16%

House District 66 — Matt Shaheen (R-Plano)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Aimee Garza Lopez, Sharon Hirsch
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 50.29%

House District 67 — Jeff Leach (R-Plano)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Tom Adair, Rocio Gosewehr, Anthony Lo, Lorenzo Sanchez
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 51.15%

House District 68 — Drew Springer (R-Muenster)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Patsy Ledbetter
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 69 — James Frank (R-Wichita Falls)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 70 — Scott Sanford (R-McKinney)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Angie Bado
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 61.75%

House District 71 — Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) 

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Samuel Hatton
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 78.05%

House District 72 — Drew Darby (R-San Angelo)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): Lynette Lucas
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 73 — Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): Stephanie Phillips
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 74.78%

House District 74 — Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass)

  • Incumbent: Retiring
  • Democrat Candidate(s): Rowland Garza, Eddie Morales
  • Republican Candidate(s): Luke Brown, Ruben Falcon, Robert Garza
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

House District 75 — Mary González (D-Clint)

  • Incumbent: Running
  • Primary Opponent(s): None
  • General Opponent(s): None
  • 2018 incumbent win percentage: 100.00%

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McKenzie Taylor serves as Senior Editor and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.