United States Representative

The Breakdown

Texas voters will cast their ballots by district this November to elect Representatives to the U.S. House, the lower house of Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives Overview

Length of term: 2 years

Number of Representatives nationally: 435

Term Limits: None

 

Representatives are allocated based on a state’s population and are elected to serve specific districts. The total number of voting representatives is fixed at 435 with an additional 6 non-voting members currently representing D.C., Puerto Rico, and the other four U.S. territories. 

Texas Representatives serving in the U.S. House

Number of TX U.S. Representatives: 36

All U.S. Representatives are up for reelection in 2020.  Texas has the second highest number of U.S. representatives, following California with 53 representatives.

Who holds the House currently? 

Since 2018, Democrats have regained a majority in the House with 232 out of 435 seats. The Speaker of the House (elected by members) presides over the House. Currently, Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) serves as the Speaker of the House. 


In Texas, Republicans comprise the majority of U.S. Representatives.  22 out of the 36 seats are held by Republicans.

Why voting for the House matters
  • The House writes bills and therefore has a major say in what legislation gets passed. This includes COVID relief bills

  • The House is in charge of impeachment proceedings

  • Because Representatives are allocated based on population and voted on by district, the House represents the people more than the Senate