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Texas's 22nd congressional district

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Texas's 22nd congressional district
Texas US Congressional District 22 (since 2013).tif
Texas's 22nd congressional district since January 3, 2013
  Troy Nehls
  • 93.09% urban[1]
  • 6.91% rural
Population (2021)1,034,272[2]
Median household
Cook PVIR+4[3]

Texas's 22nd congressional district of the United States House of Representatives covers a largely suburban south-central portion of the Greater Houston metropolitan area. The district includes the majority of Fort Bend County, including most of the cities of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Needville and the county seat of Richmond as well as the county's share of the largely unincorporated Greater Katy area west of Houston. In addition, the district also contains portions of northern Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin, as well as a small portion of southeast Harris County centered on Friendswood.

The district is represented by Republican Troy Nehls, who was elected in 2020 over two-time challenger Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni. Before 2006, the district had been represented by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay since 1985, and before that, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul briefly in 1976 and again from 1979 to 1985. In 2006, 52% of poll respondents identified as Republicans, 32% as Democrats, and 16% as independents.[4] The Cook Partisan Voting Index, which derives its data from the two most recent presidential elections, gave the district a 10-point Republican lean compared to the national average until its 2021 review, when it was lowered to only 4-points.


The district was originally created in 1958, replacing the abolished at-large district represented by Democrat Martin Dies, Jr. from 1953 to 1959. At the time, all of Texas's 254 counties had representation by one collective member of Congress. The new district was placed in Harris County, home to the city of Houston and previously represented in its entirely by Democrat Albert Thomas in the state's 8th congressional district, making Harris the first county in Texas since World War II to be divided into more than one congressional district.

The new 22nd district, largely made up of suburban territory outside of Houston along with southern portions of the city itself, was won by Democrat Robert R. Casey, a former Harris County Judge (a post equivalent to that of a county executive in Texas). The 8th and 22nd districts were separated by a boundary consisting roughly of what is now U.S. 290, the western and southern portions of Loop 610, and the portion of Buffalo Bayou east of downtown Houston including the Houston Ship Channel. All points south of this boundary were in the 22nd, while the remainder was in the 8th. These boundaries would remain effective until the 1964 elections.

After a federal court in Houston ruled Texas' congressional redistricting practices as unconstitutional in Bush v. Martin, effective with the 1966 elections, Harris County was split between three congressional districts. In addition to the existing 8th and 22nd districts, a new 7th district was created on the west side of Houston and Harris County. The new 7th would elect former Harris County Republican Party chairman (and future President) George H. W. Bush, while Casey's 22nd district was made the most compact of the three, stretching from southwest Houston to southeast Harris County, including Pasadena and Clear Lake City, and also encompassing the Johnson Space Center.

Following the 1970 Census, the 22nd lost some largely African-American portions to the newly realigned, majority African-American 18th district (which would elect Democrat Barbara Jordan), while other areas along the Houston Ship Channel went to the 8th district, now represented by Democrat Bob Eckhardt and primarily concentrated in north Houston.

Those areas were replaced by portions of rapidly growing Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, home to growing Republican constituencies of white upper-middle-class families — natives and transplants alike — moving to jobs in Houston's growing energy sector, as well as at the Johnson Space Center and the Texas Medical Center, and drawn to affordable housing and top-rated schools in the area's burgeoning master-planned communities. A mid-decade redistricting in 1974 added southern Waller County, with a similar character to Fort Bend and Brazoria. As with most growing exurban areas in the Southern United States, these new areas also had large blocs of conservative white Democrats disenchanted with their party's support for restoration of civil rights promoted by the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson and the national Democratic Party. While Casey continued to win reelection in 1972 and 1974 without significant opposition, his resignation following his appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission in 1976, combined with increased suburban growth in the aforementioned counties, opened the door for a Republican upset in the special election that followed.

Three months after Casey's resignation, on April 3, 1976, Republican Ron Paul, a physician and Air Force veteran who had moved from the Pittsburgh area in the previous decade with his wife and settled in Brazoria County, won a special election to fill the remainder of Casey's unexpired term. Paul had been Casey's Republican opponent in 1974. While Paul lost the general election later that year to Democratic State Senator Bob Gammage by fewer than 300 votes, in 1978 he defeated Gammage in a general election rematch by a 1,200-vote margin, coinciding with the election of Bill Clements as Texas's first Republican Governor since Reconstruction. In 1980, Paul would go on to win a second term, defeating Democratic attorney Mike Andrews, a former Harris County prosecutor, by a narrow margin.

Following the 1980 Census, rapid growth in the Houston area resulted in most of the more Democratic areas of the 22nd being transferred to the new 25th congressional district, which Mike Andrews won in 1982 and would hold for six terms before pursuing an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1994.

The redistricting left Paul with a district comprising three major portions, all of which were strongly Republican. These included:

  • all of Fort Bend County, by this time a booming suburban county anchored by the development of the First Colony master-planned community in Sugar Land, and also containing other booming suburbs including Missouri City, Stafford and Rosenberg.
  • much of Paul's political base in Brazoria County, except for a tiny western portion around the communities of Sweeny and West Columbia located in the adjacent 14th district; and
  • most of southwest Houston and Harris County along the Southwest Freeway, including the Westwood, Sharpstown and Fondren areas of Houston. This portion also included the Richmond Avenue entertainment corridor, The Galleria and the adjacent Transco Tower, the inner suburbs of Bellaire and West University Place, Houston Baptist University, and Greenway Plaza including The Summit (then the home of the NBA's Houston Rockets). Much of the area's retail activity, centered on the aforementioned Galleria as well as the Sharpstown and Westwood malls, along with most of southwest Houston's automotive dealerships (some of them among the top dealers in the nation), was also concentrated in the Harris County portion of the district and extended as far south as Stafford (then home to a major manufacturing facility for Texas Instruments).

This configuration would remain in effect for the remainder of the 1980s, including the first four terms of Republican Tom DeLay's tenure, as Paul unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 1984 against eventual winner Phil Gramm. DeLay served as chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee and became a Republican whip while representing this configuration of the district.

After the 1990 Census, the 22nd remained largely unchanged. It covered all of Fort Bend County, all of Brazoria County save for its western and southern edges, and a small portion of southwest Houston around the Alief, Westchase and Sharpstown areas. The district was further reconfigured after the 2000 Census, taking effect after the 2002 elections, when DeLay was re-elected and became House Majority Leader. The district lost Fort Bend County's share of Houston, but picked up a large slice of southeast Harris County, including portions of Clear Lake City, Pasadena, La Porte, Deer Park and Seabrook.

In 2003, following the Republican takeover of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Legislature engineered a mid-decade redistricting. The 22nd lost its share of Brazoria County except for Pearland, as well as communities on Fort Bend County's northern and western edges, to the 14th district. That district was now represented by Paul, who was elected and returned to Congress in 1997 after a 12-year absence. The 22nd district now included Pearland, almost all of southeast Harris County, including the Johnson Space Center, and a largely working-class western portion of Galveston County, including Santa Fe and La Marque, in addition to much of DeLay's political base in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg and surrounding areas. The district would remain unchanged through the rest of the decade, but changed its incumbent three times after Tom DeLay resigned on June 9, 2006 in the wake of corruption allegations related to the 2003 redistricting.

As the result of a special election on November 7, 2006 to fill DeLay's vacant congressional seat, Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs filled the remainder of DeLay's term in late 2006, having lost the general election to Democrat Nick Lampson in a bizarre set of circumstances. Lampson had previously represented Texas's 9th congressional district, based in Beaumont and Galveston, before the 2003 redistricting resulted in that district being renumbered as the 2nd district and pushed into heavily Republican northern Houston. Lampson was defeated in the 2004 election by Republican Harris County district court judge Ted Poe. Ahead of the 2006 election, Lampson moved to Stafford, where his grandparents had settled after they immigrated from Italy. Additionally, the 22nd included a large slice of his former base; he'd previously represented much of the Galveston County portion of the district, as well as the area around the Johnson Space Center. Lampson benefited from Sekula-Gibbs being forced to run a write-in campaign, as DeLay had resigned one month after winning a contentious Republican primary against three challengers (one of whom won over 20 percent of the vote, but not enough to overcome DeLay's vote of over 60 percent). After just one term and despite a vigorous campaign, Lampson lost the seat to Republican Pete Olson in 2008. The district reverted to form, with Olson often winning with double-digit margins. However in 2018, Olson narrowly won a sixth term in a surprisingly close race against Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni fueled by Democratic coattails (mostly involving straight ticket voting) from the Senate campaign of Beto O'Rourke, who won Fort Bend County and narrowly lost the 22nd district in his unsuccessful, but close bid against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Olson retired after six terms, and Fort Bend County sheriff Troy Nehls won another close race against Kulkarni.

Since 2013, the district has included most of Fort Bend County, save for most of the communities of Stafford, Mission Bend, Fresno, northern Missouri City and the Fort Bend Houston "super neighborhood" in far southwest Houston. Also within the district lie northern parts of Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin, and portions of southeast Houston and Harris County running along Interstate 45 south of the Sam Houston Tollway. The affluent residents of the district tends to vote strongly Republican and has an average median household income of $82,899 as of the 2012 American Community Survey. It is the wealthiest congressional district in Texas and also a diverse district with sizable minority constituencies, who are educated and of the professional class.

Mitt Romney won the district with 62% of the vote in 2012, with Republicans holding the overwhelming majority of elected offices in the district. The district also voted for Donald Trump in 2016 despite Hillary Clinton becoming the first Democrat to carry Fort Bend County since 1964. Democratic strength within the district is largely concentrated in heavily Hispanic communities in Rosenberg, along with some parts of Missouri City, where the African-American population exceeds one-third, and western precincts in Pearland; these favored Barack Obama with around 50-60% of the vote. But these voting blocs are outnumbered by large blocs of suburban Republican voters in much of the district, including groups of moderate-leaning ethnic Asian voters centered on Sugar Land, along with some conservative-leaning Hispanic and African-American voters in more affluent parts of the district. Still, due to Fort Bend County's recent status as a classic suburban "swing county" in state and national politics, as well as Democratic gains at the local level in the 2018 elections, many observers speculate that this district is likely to be competitive in future elections.[5]


According to the APM Research Lab's Voter Profile Tools (featuring the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey), the district contained about 611,000 potential voters (citizens, age 18+). Of these, 54% are White, 23% Latino, 16% Black, and 16% Asian. Immigrants make up 22% of the district's potential voters. Median income among households (with one or more potential voter) is about $102,500. As for the educational attainment of potential voters in the district, 42% hold a bachelor's or higher degree.

Recent election results from presidential races

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 62 – 35%
2004 President Bush 64 – 36%
2008 President McCain 60 – 39%
2012 President Romney 62 – 37%
2016 President Trump 52 – 44%
2020 President Trump 50 – 49%

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
Electoral history District location
District created January 3, 1959
Robert R. Casey.jpg

Robert R. Casey
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 22, 1976
Elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Resigned when appointed to the Federal Maritime Commission.
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant January 22, 1976 –
April 3, 1976
Ron Paul 1979.jpg

Ron Paul
(Lake Jackson)
Republican April 3, 1976 –
January 3, 1977
Elected to finish Casey's term.
Lost re-election.

Robert Gammage
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
95th Elected in 1976.
Lost re-election.
Ron Paul 1979.jpg

Ron Paul
(Lake Jackson)
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
[data unknown/missing]

Tom DeLay
(Sugar Land)
Republican January 3, 1985 –
June 9, 2006
Elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
[data unknown/missing]
Parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris
Parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris
Parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris
TX22 109.gif

Parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Harris
Vacant June 9, 2006 –
November 13, 2006
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.jpg

Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
Republican November 13, 2006 –
January 3, 2007
Elected to finish DeLay's term.
Lost re-election.
Nick Lampson, official 110th Congress photo portrait, color.jpg

Nick Lampson
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2009
110th Elected in 2006.
Lost re-election.
Pete Olson official congressional photo.jpg

Pete Olson
(Sugar Land)
Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2021
Elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Texas US Congressional District 22 (since 2013).tif
Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris
Troy Nehls 117th U.S Congress.jpg

Troy Nehls
Republican January 3, 2021 –
117th Elected in 2020.
Re-elected in 2022.

Recent elections


Incumbent Democrat Robert R. Casey defeated ob/gyn Ron Paul, a delegate to the Texas Republican convention; Democrats won 1974 heavily.

1976 special

After President Gerald Ford appointed Casey to head the Federal Maritime Commission, Paul won a 1976 special election against Democrat Robert Gammage to fill the empty seat; Paul was sworn in on April 3. Paul had decided to enter politics on August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon closed the "gold window" by implementing the U.S. dollar's complete departure from the gold standard.[6]

Paul was the first Republican elected from the area since Reconstruction, and the first from the state since Bill Guill was elected from the 14th congressional district in 1950. He led the Texas Reagan delegation at the national Republican convention.[7] His successful campaign against Gammage surprised local Democrats, who had expected to retain the seat easily following the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Gammage underestimated Paul's support among local women.[8]

1976 general

Gammage narrowly defeated Paul some months later in the general election, by fewer than 300 votes (0.2%).


Paul defeated Gammage in a 1978 rematch. Paul would go on to win the 1980 and 1982 elections as well.


In 1984, Paul chose to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House.[9] He was succeeded by former state representative and Republican Tom DeLay.[10] DeLay would go on to win re-election from 1986 through 2004.


Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom DeLay (incumbent) 150,386 55.2
Democratic Richard Morrison 112,034 41.1
Independent Michael Fjetland 5,314 1.9
Libertarian Tom Morrison 4,886 1.8
Total votes 272,620 100

2006 special

On January 2, 2006, Nick Lampson, a Jefferson County tax assessor-collector, filed as a Democrat to challenge incumbent Tom DeLay for the 2006 general election. Lampson had represented the adjacent ninth district until DeLay engineered the 2003 Texas redistricting, after which Lampson lost his seat to Republican Ted Poe in 2004.

DeLay won the Republican primary on March 7, 2006, taking 62% of the vote in the four-way race.[11] It was DeLay's weakest showing in a primary election, which prompted doubts about whether he could win the general election. On April 3, 2006, three days after his former aide Tony Rudy pleaded guilty to various charges of corruption relating to the Jack Abramoff scandal, DeLay announced that he would withdraw from the race.[12][13]

Under Texas law, it was too late for the Republican Party to select another candidate for the ballot of the 2006 general election. DeLay announced on August 8, 2006 that he would withdraw in order to allow the party to organize a campaign for a write-in candidate. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on August 29, 2006 that a special election would take place for the remainder of DeLay's term (November 2006 to January 2007).

The Texas Republican Party supported Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs as their write-in candidate.[14] Lampson chose not to run in the special election. Sekula-Gibbs won and was sworn in on November 13, 2006. She represented the district for the remaining few weeks of the 109th United States Congress. Sekula-Gibbs promised to fix health care, taxes, and immigration.

2006 general

Due to DeLay's late announcement, no Republican was listed on the ballot for the two-year term that began in January 2007.[15]

The special election was held concurrently with the general election on November 7, 2006. Voters cast votes twice on that date, once for the special election, once for the general election. This arrangement ensured that Sekula-Gibbs's name appeared on a November 7 ballot. Nonetheless, Lampson won the general election and was sworn in on January 4, 2007.

Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2006[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nick Lampson 71,122 50.8
Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (write-in) 59,914 42.8
Libertarian Bob Smither 8,482 6.1
Republican Don Richardson (write-in) 408 0.3
Independent Joe Reasbeck (write-in) 86 0.1
Total votes 140,012 100


Democratic incumbent Nick Lampson sought re-election. The Republican primary was highly competitive, as Lampson's prior victory was seen as the result of Republicans being forced to run a write-in campaign. Former incumbent Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, former Navy pilot and former Senate liaison officer Pete Olson, state representative Robert Talton, former councilman and mayor of Pasadena John Manlove, and former councilman and mayor of Sugar Land Dean Hrbacek all competed in the primary. No candidate won the primary outright, leading to a run-off campaign between the top two finishers, Sekula-Gibbs and Olson. Olson won the run-off and the nomination.

Olson and Lampson faced each other in the November 4, 2008 general election, along with Libertarian candidate, Vietnam veteran, retired businessman, and community volunteer John Wieder. Olson won the election and was sworn into office in January 2009.

Republican primary results [17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 16,697 29.73
Republican Pete Olson 11,634 20.71
Republican John Manlove 8,399 14.95
Republican Robert Talton 8,169 14.54
Republican Dean Hrbacek 5,864 10.44
Republican Cynthia Dunbar 2,116 3.77
Republican Brian Klock 992 1.77
Republican Jim Squier 989 1.76
Republican Kevyn Bazzy 880 1.57
Republican Ryan Rowley 424 0.75
Total votes 56,164 100.0
Republican run-off results [18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson 15,511 68.52
Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 7,125 31.48
Total votes 22,636 100.0
Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2008[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson 161,996 52.4
Democratic Nick Lampson (incumbent) 140,160 45.4
Libertarian John Wieder 6,839 2.2
Total votes 308,995 100.0


Republican incumbent Pete Olson sought re-election and defeated Democrat Kesha Rogers, a LaRouche Movement supporter, in the general election on November 2, 2010.[20]

Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 140,537 67.5
Democratic Kesha Rogers 68,082 29.8
Libertarian Steven Susman 5,538 2.2
Write-In Johnny Williams 66 0
Total votes 208,223 100.0


Two-term Republican incumbent Pete Olson sought re-election. He was challenged in the primary by conservative newspaper columnist Barbara Carlson,[21] winning 76 percent of the vote.[11]

Kesha Rogers, a political activist with ties to the Lyndon LaRouche movement and the 2010 Democratic nominee, narrowly won the Democratic Party's nomination by 103 votes. Rogers was disavowed by some local Democrats for her controversial platform, which included impeaching President Barack Obama and colonizing outer space.

Steven Susman again ran as the Libertarian candidate, and Don Cook ran as the Green Party candidate. Olson won the general election with 64% of the vote.

Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2012 [11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 160,668 64.03
Democratic Kesha Rogers 80,203 31.96
Libertarian Steven Susman 5,986 2.39
Green Don Cook 4,054 1.62
Total votes 250,911 100


Three-term incumbent Republican Pete Olson sought re-election. Frank Briscoe and Mark Gibson ran for the Democratic Party's nomination; Briscoe won the primary. Libertarian Rob Lapham competed with Olson and Briscoe in the general election. Olson was re-elected with 66.55% of the vote.

Democratic primary[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Briscoe 3,378 53.18
Democratic Mark Gibson 2,973 46.81
Total votes 6,351 100
Republican primary[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 33,167 100
Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2014[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 100,861 66.55
Democratic Frank Briscoe 47,844 31.57
Libertarian Rob Lapham 2,861 1.89
Total votes 151,566 100


Four-term incumbent Republican Pete Olson sought re-election. In the Democratic primary, Mark Gibson, who lost in the primary in 2014, and A. R. Hassan competed for the party's nomination; Gibson won the nomination with 76.16% of the vote. Olson was re-elected with 59.52% of the vote in the general election.

Democratic primary[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Gibson 23,084 76.16
Democratic A. R. Hassan 7,226 23.84
Total votes 30,310 100
Republican primary[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 73,375 100
Total votes 73,375 100
Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2016 [25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 181,864 59.52
Democratic Mark Gibson 123,679 40.48
Total votes 305,543 100


Five-term incumbent Republican Pete Olson sought re-election. In the Democratic primary, several candidates competed for the nomination, including former diplomat Sri Preston Kulkarni, dentist Letitia Plummer, and 2016 nominee Mark Gibson. No candidate won the Democratic nomination outright, leading to a run-off election between the top two finishers, Kulkarni and Plummer. Kulkarni won the run-off with 62% of the vote, and faced Olson, Libertarian John McElligott, and independent candidate Sara Kellen Sweney in the general election. Olson won the general election with 51.4% of the vote, his closest-ever victory.

Republican primary results[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 35,782 78.4
Republican Danny Nguyen 6,170 13.5
Republican James Green 2,521 5.5
Republican Eric Zmrhal 1,174 2.6
Total votes 45,647 100
Democratic primary results[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni 9,466 31.8
Democratic Letitia Plummer 7,230 24.3
Democratic Steve Brown 6,246 21.0
Democratic Margarita Ruiz Johnson 3,767 12.7
Democratic Mark Gibson 3,046 10.2
Total votes 29,755 100
Democratic primary run-off[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni 9.517 62.11
Democratic Letitia Plummer 5,805 37.89
Total votes 15,322 100.0
Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2018[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Olson (incumbent) 152,750 51.4
Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni 138,153 46.4
Libertarian John McElligott 3,261 1.1
Independent Kellen Sweny 3,241 1.1
Total votes 297,405 100


Six-term incumbent Republican Pete Olson announced he would not seek re-election in 2020, opening up a competitive contest for both major parties.[30] On the Democratic side, 2018 nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni won the nomination again in the March 3 primary, while on the Republican side a large number of candidates ran, including Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, GOP donor Kathaleen Wall, and Pierce Bush, a member of the Bush family. No candidate won the Republican primary outright, initiating a run-off contest between the top two finishers, Troy Nehls and Kathaleen Wall. Nehls defeated Wall in the July 14 run-off to win the nomination. Nehls defeated Kulkarni in the November election for the seat, which also featured Libertarian candidate Joseph LeBlanc Jr.

Democratic primary[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni 34,664 53.07
Democratic Derrick A. Reed 16,126 24.69
Democratic Nyanza Davis Moore 9,449 14.47
Democratic Carmine Petrillo III 5,074 7.77
Total votes 65,313 100.0
Republican primary[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Troy Nehls 29,538 40.5
Republican Kathaleen Wall 14,201 19.4
Republican Pierce Bush 11,281 15.4
Republican Greg Hill 10,315 14.1
Republican Dan Mathews 2,165 3.0
Republican Bangar Reddy 1,144 1.6
Republican Joe Walz 1,039 1.4
Republican Shandon Phan 773 1.1
Republican Diana Miller 771 1.0
Republican Jon Camarillo 718 1.0
Republican Douglas Haggard 398 0.5
Republican Howard Steele 283 0.4
Republican Matt Hinton 274 0.4
Republican Brandon T. Penko 96 0.1
Republican Aaron Hermes 92 0.1
Total votes 73,133 100.0
Republican run-off[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Troy Nehls 36,132 69.92
Republican Kathaleen Wall 15,547 30.08
Total votes 51,679 100.0
Texas's 22nd congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Troy Nehls 204,537 51.7
Democratic Sri Preston Kulkarni 175,738 44.4
Libertarian Joseph LeBlanc Jr. 15,452 3.9
Total votes 100.0

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