From Texas Political Almanac
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.
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.
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.
Population & Demographics
|Total Pop.||18+ Pop.||CVAP|
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%|
|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%|
- Plan H309 - House District 126 - plan under which the 2012 elections were held
- Plan H303 - House District 126 - MALDEF/Abbott Compromise Plan
- Plan H302 - House District 126 - San Antonio court's original interim plan
- Plan H283 - House District 126 - plan passed by the 82nd Texas legislature
- House District 126 - 2001 Map - Election History (2002-2010) and District Map
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