HD126

HD126

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Overview

Who & Where
Champions Forest is essentially what The Woodlands was before there was The Woodlands. As one of Houston's earliest northern suburbs, it benefited from the earlier rounds of white flight that defined migration at the time. The neighborhood is wealthier than most other Republican-friendly areas that surround it. The district also includes the area immediately surrounding Willowbrook Mall at the intersection of Tomball Parkway and FM1960. The mall is indicative of the changing nature of portions of the district as the appeal of shopping malls in general have faded greatly since the opening of Willowbrook. Apartments and new development now mean different things than they did when homes in Champions Forest were constructed. In this era of redistricting, it is by no means uncommon to see such different areas cobbled together. Another feature of the district is a thriving health industry based near the same intersection. It is this industry that brings in a more diverse population, albeit one that is generally well-remunerated and not necessarily opposed to the GOP's allure. The combination may pose risks for GOP fortunes over time, but for now, they reliably reward Republicans with large majorities of votes.

Patricia Harless
First elected in 2006 after incumbent Peggy Hamric opted to run in the GOP Primary for Senate District 7. Her mother and father began Fred Fincher Motors, a popular used-car dealership on Houston's north side. She has been the owner of the business since the passing of her father.

In 1998, she was appointed by Governor Bush to the Texas Motor Vehicle Board and later re-appointed by Governor Rick Perry, serving through 2005.

District 126
As far back as the 1960s, a district situated in northwestern Harris County would have registered as solidly Republican. The current iteration of the district is by no means insecure in the preference of it's voters. But what stands out in the district, post 2001, is that it has an obvious intent to fracture Democratic voters on the southern portion of the district. This is a common trait with the House_District_133_-_2001_Map 2001-era HD133, for instance. The main difference between the two districts, however, is that the Republican voters in the northern section of HD126 are more numerous and more consistent in their voting habits. Northwestern Harris county remains a rapidly growing area, so the pattern should be replicable for the GOP if they're still drawing the map in 2021.

District Map

Population & Demographics

Total Pop. 18+ Pop. CVAP
Total 169,256 123,014 91,555
Anglo 43.4% 47.7% 56.4%
Hispanic 30.4% 26.8% 18.5%
Afr-Am 15.4% 14.4% 15.1%
Other 11.6% 11.5%
Asian 8.8%

2012 Election Analysis

88,135 Registered Voters
13,018 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
58,383 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
U.S. President Mitt Romney 62.1% Barack Obama 36.7%
U.S. Senate Ted Cruz 62.4% Paul Sadler 35.3%
RR Commish Christi Craddick 62.7% Dale Henry 34.2%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 60.3% Michele Petty 36.5%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller 61.3% Keith Hampton 36.3%
State Representative Patricia Harless 100.0%
County Sheriff Louis Guthrie 57.8% Adrian Garcia 40.7%
County Attorney Robert Talton 61.9% Vince Ryan 38.1%
District Attorney Mike Anderson 64.9% Lloyd Oliver 35.1%
Tax Assessor Mike Sullivan 61.7% Ann Bennett 36.0%
County Brd. of Education Mike Wolfe 61.9% Diane Trautman 38.1%

2010 Election Analysis

87,563 Registered Voters
12,163 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
39,447 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
Governor Rick Perry 62.4% Bill White 35.8%
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 69.3% Linda Chavez-Thompson 28.3%
Attorney General Greg Abbott 71.3% Barbara Radnofsky 27.2%
Comptroller Susan Combs 87.3%
Land Commish Jerry Patterson 69.9% Hector Uribe 28.0%
Ag. Commish Todd Staples 69.3% Hank Gilbert 28.5%
RR Commish David Porter 68.0% Jeff Weems 29.2%
Supreme Court Debra Lehrmann 68.7% Jim Sharp 29.4%
Supreme Court Paul Green 68.5% Bill Moody 29.6%
Supreme Court Eva Guzman 69.7% Blake Bailey 27.8%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Michael Keasler 69.5% Keith Hampton 28.6%

Redistricting

2011 Redistricting

2001 Redistricting

News Results

Centrum Arts Gala Funds Art Education - Your Houston News (blog)

Your Houston News (blog)

Centrum Arts Gala Funds Art Education
Your Houston News (blog)
Patricia Harless currently serves her fourth term as representative of District 126 in the Texas House of Representatives, contributes to long-range planning committees, and is an advocate for public education. Harless is a lifetime member of CAL, ...

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Nine inductees join CFISD Wall of Fame - Your Houston News

Nine inductees join CFISD Wall of Fame
Your Houston News
Patricia Harless, who is serving her fourth term in the Texas House. Rep. Harless has been an advocate for public education in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD since 2006 when she was first introduced to the district. She has partnered with the district by ...

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Litigation looms over state CO2 hearings - Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News

Litigation looms over state CO2 hearings
Dallas Morning News
Patricia Harless, R-Spring, said at Monday's hearing. If Texas were to meet the carbon rule, state officials warn the price tag will be large. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is working on a precise estimate on price impact, due in late November.

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