Every ten years, the Constitution requires a census to be taken and Congressional districts to be reapportioned. That is, Congressional districts must be reconfigured so that each district in a state contains roughly the same number of people. That is one of the ways the federal government guarantees that every citizen gets equal representation. The last census was conducted in 2010, with data made available to each state in 2011, so that each state could draw new lines for their Congressional districts.
Using the new census data, the Legislative Redistricting Board drew new boundary lines for Texas' Congressional districts. When they drew the lines in 2001, there were approximately 21 million Texans. By 2011, Texas' population grew so much that it was necessary to create four new Congressional districts, giving Texas 36 total Congressional districts. In 2000, the 26th District had approximately 656,000 constituents. The new lines drawn for the 26th District, include just over 698,000 constituents.
To help you understand how this might affect you, we've prepared a map below where you can roughly see how the new district lines compare to the current district lines. The current district is show in blue, and the new district is shown in purple. They overlap to create a red area. While constituents voted within the new boundaries in 2012, the Congressional representation changed for 2013.
This means that if you live in the purple area, you will have no change in your Congressional district between 2012 and 2013. If you live in one of the blue areas, you voted in a new district in 2012, and the Member of Congress for that area is your Congressional representative in 2013. Conversely, if you live in one of the red areas, you are a new constituent of the 26th District in January 2013. If you would like to find out who your new Member of Congress is for the 113th Congress click here.
||Leaving the 26th
District in 2013
||New to the 26th
District in 2013
||Still in the 26th District in 2013
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