Flores, Brady, McCaul Declared Winners

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Three incumbent Republican congressmen have won re-election and will continue to represent the region.

In District 17, Bryan's Bill Flores earned a second term in the U.S. House Tuesday. Flores defeating Libertarian Ben Easton. When the Associated Press declared him the winner, Flores had received 76 percent of the vote. No Democrat ran for the office.

Kevin Brady of The Woodlands will continue to represent District 8. At the time the Associated Press declared Brady the winner, he had won 73 percent of the vote to Democrat Neil Burns' 25 percent and Libertarian Roy Hall's 1.2 percent. Brady has held the office since 1997.

Austin's Michael McCaul coasted to victory in District 10 Tuesday.

Each district underwent changes in their boundaries in the redistricting process. The 17th still stretches from Brazos County up to McLennan County, but in our area, western Burleson County and all of Milam County have been picked up to the west of the Twin Cities, along with the northern part of Leon County to the northeast.

The 8th District of Texas has undergone some big changes as well. It used to stretch from Walker County all the way to the Louisiana border, but now, it only goes to Trinity and San Jacinto Counties to the east. The western boundary now grabs Madison and Grimes Counties, and the southern half of Leon County. Walker County, including Huntsville, is now at the center of the 8th.

The 10th used to include a good chunk of Burleson County, but not anymore. Washington County to the south of the Twin Cities remains in the district, which runs from the Houston area all the way over to the Austin area.

Members of the U.S. House serve two-year terms.