SD15

SD15

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Overview

Who & Where

John Whitmire

District Outlook
Despite being securely entrenched since being elected in 1972, Whitmire will see a primary challenge in 2014 from Damian LaCroix, a 2010 Democratic nominee for district judge in Harris County. This will be the first Democratic Primary challenge Whitmire has seen since 1992 contest against Roman Martinez, which saw Whitmire taken to a runoff, where the incumbent ultimately won with 52.4%. While Whitmire should remain a strong favorite, a 2014 challenge from an African-American challenger may help define the district's ultimate post-Whitmire future. Although the district does not register above the 40% Afr-Am share among Citizen Voting Age Population, the makeup of the Democratic Primary electorate is key and could very well prove to be more competitive than expected.

District Map

Population & Demographics

Total Pop. 18+ Pop. CVAP-10 CVAP-11
Total 793,108 574,255 440,025 452,055
Anglo 27.8% 32.8% 42.5% 41.3%
Hispanic 42.9% 38.3% 24.1% 24.4%
Afr-Am 24.7% 23.6% 27.7% 28.1%
Other 5.6% 6.0%
Asian 4.7% 5.0%

2014 Election Analysis

March 4th Democratic Primary

Candidate Votes  %
Damian LaCroix 3,239 24.9%
John Whitmire 9,766 75.1%
Total Votes 13,005

2012 Election Analysis

368,386 Registered Voters
74,114 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
227,401 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
U.S. President Mitt Romney 39.7% Barack Obama 58.9%
U.S. Senate Ted Cruz 40.0% Paul Sadler 57.3%
RR Commish Christi Craddick 40.1% Dale Henry 56.2%
Supreme Court Nathan Hecht 37.8% Michele Petty 58.6%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller 38.6% Keith Hampton 58.9%
State Senate Bill Walker 37.7% John Whitmire 62.3%

2010 Election Analysis

364,994 Registered Voters
68,544 Spanish-Surnamed Registered Voters
143,657 Total Ballots

Contest Rep. Candidate R-% Dem. Candidate D-%
Governor Rick Perry 38.4% Bill White 59.9%
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 45.0% Linda Chavez-Thompson 52.1%
Attorney General Greg Abbott 47.4% Barbara Radnofsky 50.9%
Comptroller Susan Combs 74.3%
Land Commish Jerry Patterson 45.1% Hector Uribe 52.6%
Ag. Commish Todd Staples 44.3% Hank Gilbert 53.2%
RR Commish David Porter 43.0% Jeff Weems 53.7%
Supreme Court Debra Lehrmann 43.9% Jim Sharp 54.0%
Supreme Court Paul Green 43.7% Bill Moody 54.3%
Supreme Court Eva Guzman 45.6% Blake Bailey 51.8%
Crt. of Criminal Appeals Michael Keasler 44.5% Keith Hampton 53.4%

Redistricting

2011 Redistricting

2001 Redistricting

News Results

Sen. Whitmire Thinks Outsourcing County Jail Inmates Was a Dumb, Avoidable Move - Houston Press
Houston Press
Sen. Whitmire Thinks Outsourcing County Jail Inmates Was a Dumb, Avoidable MoveHouston PressSeems state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, isn't at all pleased with Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman's recent decision to transfer county inmates to another jail to alleviate overcrowding at the local county lockup. ?I am adamantly opposed to your ...
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?Why Is Texas Still Sending 17-Year-Olds to Adult Prisons? - VICE
VICE
?Why Is Texas Still Sending 17-Year-Olds to Adult Prisons?VICEThe Harris County Juvenile Justice Center in Houston, Texas. Photo via Flickr user Roy Luck. On the morning of March 26, 2005, Jason Wang and two other teenagers, all disguised as utility workers, left a Mesquite, Texas, home with a safe containing ...
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Sandra Bland Death May Lead to Disciplinary Action, Sheriff Says - New York Times
The Independent
Sandra Bland Death May Lead to Disciplinary Action, Sheriff SaysNew York TimesState Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston who is chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, has questioned procedures inside the jail and is calling for a statewide review of county jails. Ms. Bland's funeral was held Saturday in Lisle, Ill ...After Bland's death, lawmakers to address jail standards, police interactionsHouston Chronicle (subscription)Legislators plan to review state jail standardsSan Antonio Express-News (subscription)Autopsy shows suicide as cause of jailhouse deathWorcester TelegramThe Independentall 2,718 news articles »
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