The Texas 19th Congressional District was represented by Democrats from the time of its creation in the 1930s until then-Democratic Representative (and later Texas Tech Chancellor) Kent Hance stepped down in the 1980s and was replaced by Republicans. The 19th district used to stretch from Lubbock to Midland-Odessa, but now extends from Young County in the east to the New Mexico Border.
The population of our district is ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse, and with more people moving to Lubbock, Abilene, and our other cities all the time, the demography and culture of our area is changing as rapidly as any district in Texas. There are about half a million eligible voters in our district, with a median household income of $47,000 a year, according to Ballotpedia. Still, just over two hundred thousand people voted in our district in the 2016 presidential election: the least of any Republican-won district in Texas. When well over half of potential voters do not participate, even in a presidential election, this is a sign that a new message needs to go out, that new candidates need to give voice to the concerns of those who have been left out of democratic representation by the status quo powers.