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Filing Deadline: December 14, 2015
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): August 26, 2016
Primary: March 1, 2016
Run-Off: May 24, 2016

This page was last updated on February 28, 2016


Greg Abbott (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

George W. Bush - 1994

Dan Patrick (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Ken Paxton (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Glenn Hegar (R)* - (Campaign Site)

James A. Baker - 1978

George P. Bush (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Sid Miller (R)* - (Campaign Site)


[ David Porter (R)* - Not Seeking Re-Election ]
Lance Christian (R) - Geological Scientist
Wayne Christian (R) - Ex-State Rep., Financial Advisor, Ex-Country Music Singer & '14 Candidate
Gary Gates (R) - Rancher & Real Estate Broker
John Greytok (R) - Attorney, Lobbyist & GOP Activist
Ron Hale (R) - Oil Worker, Engineer & '14 State Sen. Candidate
Doug Jeffrey (R) - Businessman & USAF Veteran
Weston Martinez (R) - Businessman, Mediator & State Republican Committeeman
Lon Burnam (D) - Ex-State Rep. & Peace Activist
Cody Garrett (D) - Journalist & Democratic Activist
Grady Yarbrough (D) - Retired Teacher & '12 US Sen. Candidate
Martina Salinas (Green) - Environmental Activist & '14 Nominee
Mark Miller (Libertarian) - Software Company Owner, Ex-Petroleum Engineering Professor & '14 Nominee

Christi Craddick (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2018.

Ryan Sitton (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.

Preston Smith


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State Senate


John Cornyn (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.

John Tower - 1978

Ted Cruz (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2018.


District 1:
Louie Gohmert (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Anthony Culler (R) - Ex-Bank Manager & '14 Nominee in South Carolina
Simon Winston (R) - Rancher & Community Activist
Shirley McKellar (D) - Non-Profit Group Founder, Retired Army Officer & '12/'14 Nominee
Phil Gray (Libertarian)

Ron Paul for Congress

District 2:
Ted Poe (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Pat Bryan (D) - Electrical Engineer & Computer Engineer
Joshua Darr (Green)
Christopher Hill (Libertarian)
James Veasaw (Libertarian) - '12/'14 Candidate

District 3:
Sam Johnson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dave Cornette (R) - Accountant & Army Veteran
John Slavens (R) - Asset Management Company Owner & Accountant
Keith Thurgood (R) - Businessman, Retired Army Officer & Iraq War Veteran
Adam Bell (D) - Real Estate Broker
Michael Filak (D) - Businessman & Music Composer
Paul Blair (Green) - Manufacturing Executive & '14 Nominee
Chris Claytor (Libertarian) - Engineering Program Manager, Army Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Scott Jameson (Libertarian) - Computer Engineer, Ex-Stockbroker & Frequent Candidate

District 4:
John Ratcliffe (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Lou Gigliotti (R) - Auto Racing Parts Company Owner, Ex-Teacher & Frequent Candidate
Ray Hall (R)
Cody Wommack (Libertarian) - Musician

District 5:
Jeb Hensarling (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ken Ashby (Libertarian) - Engineer, Retired Teacher & Frequent Candidate

Jack Brooks

District 6:
Joe Barton (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Collin Baker (R) - Auto Dealership Service Director
Steven Fowler (R) - Afghan War Veteran, USAF Reserve Officer & Graduate Student
Don Jaquess (D) - Retired Ironworker, Businessman, Vietnam War Veteran & '12 Candidate
Jeffrey Roseman (D) - Truck Driver
Ruby Woolridge (D) - Pastor & Teacher
Darrel Smith Jr. (Green) - Office Worker

District 7:
John Culberson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Maria Espinoza (R) - Non-Profit Group Executive, Anti-Immigration Activist & Ex-Legal Assistant
James Lloyd (R) - Attorney & Ex-Bush White House Aide
James Cargas (D) - Attorney, Ex-Clinton White House Aide, Ex-Congressional Aide & '12/'14 Nominee
Ronald Kimmons (Reform/Write-In) - Translator

District 8:
Kevin Brady (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Andre Dean (R) - Retired Army Officer & '98 Candidate
Craig McMichael (R) - Iraq/Afghan War Veteran & 14 Candidate
Steve Toth (R) - Ex-State Rep., Businessman, Ex-Pastor & '14 State Sen. Candidate

District 9:
Al Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jeff Martin (R)
George Reiter (Green)
Johnny Johnson (Libertarian) - Commercial Pilot, Army Veteran & '14 Nominee

District 10:
Michael McCaul (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Tawana Cadien (D) - Nurse, Educator, Democratic Activist & '14 Nominee
Scot Gallaher (D) - Software Executive & Democratic Activist
Bill Kelsey (Libertarian) - Commercial Pilot & '14 Nominee

Tom DeLay

District 11:
Mike Conaway (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Nicholas Landholt (Libertarian) - Oil Worker & Anti-Tax Activist

District 12:
Kay Granger (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Bill Bradshaw (D)
Ed Colliver (Libertarian) - System Engineer, USAF Veteran & '14 Nominee

District 13:
Mac Thornberry (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Rusty Tomlinson (Green) - Retired Teacher & Peace Activist
Calvin DeWeese (Libertarian)
Jeff Ansel (Independent) - Risk Management Executive

District 14:
Randy Weber (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Keith Casey (R) - Accountant, Businessman & '12 Candidate
Michael Cole (D) - Teacher & '12/'14 Csndidate

District 15:
[ Ruben Hinojosa (D)* - Retiring in 2016. ]
Dolly Elizondo (D) - Ex-Hidalgo County Democratic Chair & Realtor
Vicente Gonzalez (D) - Attorney & Ex-Congressional Intern
Juan "Sonny" Palacios Jr. (D) - Edinburg School Board Member & Attorney
Johnny "JP" Partain (D) - Businessman & '12/'14 Candidate
Joel Quintanilla (D) - Ex-Hidalgo County Commissioner & Ex-Mercedes Mayor
Ruben Ramirez (D) - Law Student, Army Veteran & '12 Candidate
Randy Sweeten (D) - Accountant & Community Activist
Xavier Salinas (R) - Edinburg School Board Member & School District Administrator
Ruben Villarreal (R) - Ex-Rio Grande City Mayor & Businessman
Tim Westley (R) - Pastor, Ex-Postal Worker, Ex-Teacher & Army Veteran
Vanessa Tijerina (Green) - Nurse & Progressive Activist
Ross Lynn Leone (Libertarian) - Retired Federal Employee & '12/'14 Candidate

Charlie Wilson

District 16:
Beto O'Rourke (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ben Mendoza (D) - Retiree & Frequent Candidate
Mary Gourdoux (Green)
Jaime Perez (Libertarian) - Teacher, '14 Nominee & '12 State Railroad Commission Nominee

District 17:
Bill Flores (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ralph Patterson (R) - McLennan County GOP Chair & Businessman
Kaleb Sims (R) - Businessman & Ex-Financial Advisor
Bill Matta (D) - College Professor & Retired USAF Officer
Clark Patterson (Libertarian) - '12/'14 Candidate

District 18:
Sheila Jackson Lee (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Lori Bartley (R) - Bookkeeper & Business Consultant
Sharon Fisher (R) - Retired Businesswoman
Reggie Gonzales (R) - Ex-Galena Municipal Judge, Retired USMC Sergeant, Vietnam War Veteran
Ava Pate (R) - Hairstylist
Thomas Kleven (Green)

District 19:
[ Randy Neugebauer (R)* - Retiring in 2016. ]
Jodey Arrington (R) - Ex-Texas Tech Vice Chancellor, Ex-Bush White House Aide & '14 State Sen. Candidate
Jason Corley (R) - Businessman & Oilfield Worker
Greg Garrett (R) - Bank President & Realtor
John Key (R) - Veterinarian & Retired Army Officer
Donald May (R) - Surgeon, Farmer, Tea Party Activist & '14 Candidate
Don Parrish (R) - Oilfield Worker & Farmer
Glen Robertson (R) - Lubbock Mayor, Ex-Ransom Canyon City Alderman, Ex-School Trustee & Businessman
Michael Bob Starr (R) - Retired USAF Officer, Iraq War Veteran & Venture Capitalist
DeRenda Warren (R) - Home Healthcare Company Executive, Nurse & Rancher
Mark Lawson (Green)
Troy Bonar (Libertarian) - Business Consultant & USAF Veteran

District 20:
Joaquin Castro (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Paul Pipkin (Green) - '14 Bexar County Judge Candidate
Jeffrey Blunt (Libertarian) - Environmental Engineer, Army Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Mike Idrogo (Libertarian) - Retired Navy Officer & Frequent Candidate

Henry B. Gonzalez

District 21:
Lamar Smith (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Matt McCall (R) - Businessman & '14 Candidate
John Murphy (R) - Software Engineer
Todd Phelps (R) - Businessman & '14 Austin Mayor Candidate
Tejas Vakil (D) - Technology Executive & Commercial Realtor
Tom Wakely (D) - Hospice Care Provider, Progressive Activist, Unitarian Minister & USAF Veteran
Antonio Diaz (Green) - Businessman, Ex-Nurse, Human Rights Activist & '12/'14 Nominee
Mark Loewe (Libertarian) - Physicist, '14 Candidate & '12 State Board of Education Nominee

District 22:
Pete Olson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mark Gibson (D) - Businessman, IT Project Manager, Army Reserve Officer & '14 Candidate
A.R. Hassan (D) - Real Estate Broker, Mediator & Frequent Candidate

District 23:
Will Hurd (R)* - (Campaign Site)
William Hart Peterson (R) - Businessman
Pete Gallego (D) - Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Rep. & Attorney
Lee Keenen (D) - Podiatrist
Ruben Corvalan (Libertarian) - Electrical Engineer & '14 Nominee

District 24:
Kenny Marchant (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jan McDowell (D) - Personal Concierge, Ex-Human Resouces Executive & Ex-Tax Preparer
Kevin McCormick (Green)
Mike Kolls (Libertarian) - IT Project Manager & '14 Nominee
Roland Rangel (Libertarian)
David Sparks (Libertarian) - '10 Nominee

District 25:
Roger Williams (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Kathi Thomas (D) - Event Planner & Democratic Activist
Loren Marc Schneiderman (Libertarian) - Businessman
Ed Tidwell (Libertarian) - Lago Vista City Councilman, Firefighter & '10 Gov. Candidate

Phil Gramm - Clayton Williams - Joe Dial - Rob Mosbacher Jr. - 1990

District 26:
Michael Burgess (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Micah Beebe (R) - Realtor
Joel Krause (R) - Software Developer & '14 Candidate
Eric Mauck (D) - Filmmaker
Mark Boler (Libertarian) - Computer Scientist & Frequent Candidate

District 27:
Blake Farenthold (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Gregg Deeb (R) - Retired USMC Officer & Iraq War Veteran
Paul "Roy" Barrera (D)
Ray Madrigal (D) - Ex-Municipal Judge, Army Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Wayne Raasch (D) - Teacher & Frequent Candidate

District 28:
Henry Cuellar (D)* - (Campaign Site)
William Hayward (D) - Ostrich Rancher & '14 GOP Nominee
Zeffen Hardin (R) - Oil Worker & Iraq War Veteran
Michael Cary (Green) - Journeyman Decorator, Ex-Newspaper Reporter & '12/'14 Nominee

District 29:
Gene Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Adrian Garcia (D) - Ex-Harris County Sheriff, Ex-Houston City Councilman & '15 Houston Mayor Candidate
Dominique Garcia (D) - Businesswoman & Realtor
Julio Garza (R)
Robert Schafranek (R) - Retail Store Sales Associate
James Galvan Partsch (Green)
N. Ruben Perez (Libertarian) - Maintenance Technician, Vietnam Veteran & Frequent Candidate

Martin Frost

District 30:
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Barbara Mallory Caraway (D) - Ex-State Rep., Ex-Dallas City Councilwoman & '12/'14 Candidate
Brandon Vance (D) - USAF Veteran & College Student
Charles Lingerfelt (R) - Restaurant Owner, Ex-Educator & Conservative Activist
David Perkins (R)
Thom Prentice (Green)
Jarrett Woods (Libertarian) - Realtor, '14 State Rep. Nominee & '08 Nominee

District 31:
John Carter (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Sweeney (R) - Businessman
Mike Clark (D) - Geographic Information Systems Professional, Geologist & Democratic Activist
Scott Ballard (Libertarian) - '12/'14 Nominee

District 32:
Pete Sessions (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Paul Brown (R) - Businessman, Ex-Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst & Iraq War Veteran
Russ Ramsland (R) - Businessman, Ex-Congressional Aide & Tea Party Activist
Cherie Myint Roughneen (R) - Nurse
Gary Stuard (Green)
Ed Rankin (Libertarian) - Human Resources Consultant & '12/'14 Nominee

District 33:
Marc Veasey (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Carlos Quintanilla (D) - Community Activist & '12 Candidate
Bruce Chadwick (R) - TV/Movie Special Effects Design Consultant & Conservative Activist
Monte Mark Mitchell (R) - Physician, Attorney, GOP Activist & Frequent Candidate
Roy Carl Stanley (Green) - State Green Party Secretary, Businessman & Navy Veteran
Jason Reeves (Libertarian) - '14 Nominee & '12 State Rep. Candidate

Bill Clements for Governor

District 34:
Filemon Vela (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Rey Gonzalez Jr. (R) - Attorney & Physician
Willie Vaden (R) - Ex-Ingleside Mayor, Businessman, Vietnam War Veteran & Frequent Candidate

District 35:
Lloyd Doggett (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Susan Narvaiz (R) - Ex-San Marcos Mayor, Business Consultant & '12/'14 Nominee
Scott Trimble (Green) - Teacher & '08 Nominee
Rhett Smith (Libertarian) - Accountant, Navy Veteran & '12 Candidate

District 36:
Brian Babin (R)* - (Campaign Site)
H.J. "Hal" Ridley Jr. (Green) - '14 Nominee

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