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Texas's 25th congressional district
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Current Representative Lloyd Doggett (D)
Population (2000) 651,618
Median income $39,794
Ethnicity 67.6% White, 9.9% Black, 1.8% Asian, 33.9% Hispanic, 0.7% Native American, 20.1% other
Cook PVI D+6

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 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 its current shape for the 2006 elections. The current Representative from District 25 is Lloyd Doggett.

Travis county districting map, 2002 vs. 2004
Austin, TX US Congressial District Boundaries (with street names)

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Recent elections

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2004 election results

US House election, 2004: Texas District 25
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Lloyd Doggett 108,309 67.6 +12.9
Republican Rebecca Klein 49,252 30.7 -12.4
Libertarian James Werner 2,656 1.7 +0.7
Majority 59,057 36.9
Turnout 160,217
Democratic hold 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. [1]

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.[1]

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

2008 election

In the 2008 election Doggett faced Republican George Morovich, a structural engineer from La Grange and Libertarian Jim Stutsman, a retired Army veteran. Doggett won with 65.8% of the vote to Morovich's 30.5% and Stutsman's 3.7%. Doggett won 73.8% of the vote in his Austin-based stronghold of Travis County.

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