Texas District 18 of the is a Congressional district that serves much of inner city United States House of Representatives Houston and the surrounding area. The current Representative from District 18 is Sheila Jackson Lee.
It was held by
Barbara Charline Jordan, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South (in 1972), who was praised by many for her powerful presence in that body, and in particular, for her oratorical skills.
Since the district was moved to Houston in 1972, it has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election. The district gave George McGovern 69% in 1972 and Walter Mondale 72% in 1984.
List of representatives
March 4, 1919
John M. Jones
Democratic March 4, 1919 - November 20, 1940
Redistricted from the
13th district, Resigned after being appointed judge of the US Court of Claims
November 20, 1940 – January 3, 1941
Democratic January 3, 1941 - April 3, 1950
Resigned after being appointed judge of the
US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Ben H. Guill
Republican May 6, 1950 – January 3, 1951
Won special election on May 6, 1950
Walter E. Rogers
Democratic January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1967
Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973
Redistricted to the
Democratic January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1979
Democratic January 3, 1979 - August 7, 1989
August 7, 1989 – December 9, 1989
Democratic December 9, 1989 - January 3, 1995
Sheila Jackson Lee
Democratic January 3, 1995 - Present
In Popular Culture
In the TV series
, the Texas 18th was represented by fictional Democratic Presidential Candidate The West Wing Matt Santos.
Historical district boundaries
Coordinates: 29°49′07″N 95°15′13″W / 29.81861°N 95.25361°W