THCA Notes

Volume XXXI, Number 11
November 2016

THCA PAC Endorsed Candidates Win as Texas Holds Steady

Each of the candidates endorsed by THCA PAC carried their races in an election Tuesday that changed little in the makeup of Texas government.

Democrats picked up four House seats in Texas but Republicans should maintain an edge of about 40 seats (95-55).
The Senate will have three new members (Dawn Buckingham, Bryan Hughes and Borris Miles) but the partisan count should remain the same—20 Republicans, 11 Democrats.

Earlier this year, THCA PAC endorsed a dozen candidates. All of those who had primary opponents were successful in the spring. Those who had general election challenges were also successful, including:

Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches
Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale
Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place
Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio
Sen. Juan “Chuy Hinojosa, D-McAllen
Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville
Rep-elect Scott Cosper, R-Killeen
Rep-elect Justin Holland, R-Rockwall
Rep-elect Tomas Uresti, D-San Antonio

The statewide elected positions, including Governor and Lieutenant Governor, were not up in this election cycle.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, who was endorsed for his House seat by THCA, is expected to be reelected by the full chamber when the Legislature reconvenes in January.