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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%

2014 Election Analysis

94,636 Registered Voters
14,899 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
33,462 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
US Senate John Cornyn 68.1% David Alameel 28.6%
Governor Greg Abbott 65.3% Wendy Davis 33.1%
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick 64.1% Leticia Van de Putte 33.1%
Attorney General Ken Paxton 65.7% Sam Houston 31.9%
Comptroller Glen Hegar 65.2% Mike Collier 32.1%
Land Commish George P. Bush 67.7% John Cook 29.4%
Ag. Commish Sid Miller 66.6% Jim Hogan 30.1%
RR Commish Ryan Sitton 66.6% Steve Brown 30.0%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 67.2% Bill Moody 30.5%
Supreme Court Jeff Brown 67.8% Lawrence Meyers 30.1%
Supreme Court Jeff Boyd 65.9% Gina Benavides 31.5%
Supreme Court Phil Johnson 84.5%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Bert Richardson 67.3% John Granberg 30.2%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Kevin Patrick Yeary 83.1%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals David Newell 84.1%
State Representative Patricia Harless 86.3%

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%


2011 Redistricting

2001 Redistricting

News Results

State Rep. Patricia Harless will not seek re-election - Your Houston News
Your Houston News
State Rep. Patricia Harless will not seek re-electionYour Houston NewsThis month the public learned State Rep. Patricia Harless will not seek re-election for the House District 126 seat. Harless will continue working until her term ends in December 2016 representing the Spring and northwest Houston area. Since being ...and more »
Planning continues for FM 1960 revitalization - Chron.com
Planning continues for FM 1960 revitalizationChron.comDuring the last legislative session, state Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, authored House Bill 2528 which allows the water utility districts in the area to accept public donations for community improvement projects through the use of a voluntary check ...
Harless Won't Seek Reelection to Texas House - Texas Tribune
Texas Tribune
Harless Won't Seek Reelection to Texas HouseTexas TribuneState Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, turns away from the front microphone after answering a question during voter ID debate on March 23, 2011. State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, announced Monday that she won't seek re-election next year.Harless will not seek re-electionHouston Chronicle (subscription)all 8 news articles »


House Districts

District HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5, HD6, HD7, HD8, HD9, HD10, HD11, HD12, HD13, HD14, HD15, HD16, HD17, HD18, HD19, HD20, HD21, HD22, HD23, HD24, HD25, HD26, HD27, HD28, HD29, HD30, HD31, HD32, HD33, HD34, HD35, HD36, HD37, HD38, HD39, HD40, HD41, HD42, HD43, HD44, HD45, HD46, HD47, HD48, HD49, HD50, HD51, HD52, HD53, HD54, HD55, HD56, HD57, HD58, HD59, HD60, HD61, HD62, HD63, HD64, HD65, HD66, HD67, HD68, HD69, HD70, HD71, HD72, HD73, HD74, HD75, HD76, HD77, HD78, HD79, HD80, HD81, HD82, HD83, HD84, HD85, HD86, HD87, HD88, HD89, HD90, HD91, HD92, HD93, HD94, HD95, HD96, HD97, HD98, HD99, HD100, HD101, HD102, HD103, HD104, HD105, HD106, HD107, HD108, HD109, HD110, HD111, HD112, HD113, HD114, HD115, HD116, HD117, HD118, HD119, HD120, HD121, HD122, HD123, HD124, HD125, HD126, HD127, HD128, HD129, HD130, HD131, HD132, HD133, HD134, HD135, HD136, HD137, HD138, HD139, HD140, HD141, HD142, HD143, HD144, HD145, HD146, HD147, HD148, HD149, HD150