AUSTIN, Texas — It’s Election Day and while there are major statewide races on the ballot, voters also get to decide on candidates vying for the chance to represent Texans in the state legislature.
The results of Tuesday’s election will shape the Texas Legislature as lawmakers are set to return to Austin in January 2023 for the legislative body’s 88th regular session.
With major topics like reproductive health, gun control and school safety at the forefront of political conversations and only 140 days to achieve their goals next session, this group of new and returning lawmakers will decide how they approach issues Texans are concerned about.
A total of seven Texas Senate seats representing Central Texans are on the ballot, along with more than a dozen seats in the Texas House of Representatives this election cycle.
Here’s a look at the results for Texas Senate and House seats in Central Texas:
Texas Senate Races
Texas Senate District 5
(Bastrop, Williamson counties)
Incumbent Sen. Charles Schwertner (R) won his reelection campaign against challenger Tommy Estes (L). Schwertner was first elected to represent Texas Senate District 5 in 2012.
Texas Senate District 14
Incumbent Sen. Sarah Eckhardt (D) won her reelection campaign against challenger Steven Haskett (L). Eckhardt will now serve her first full term in the Texas Senate after winning a special election in 2020.
Texas Senate District 18
(Fayette, Lee counties)
Texas Senate District 21
(Caldwell, Hays, Travis counties)
Texas Senate District 24
(Burnet, Gillespie, Llano counties)
Texas Senate District 25
(Blanco, Hays, Travis counties)
Texas Senate District 28
Incumbent Sen. Charles Perry (R) won his bid for reelection as he ran unopposed. Perry will continue in the Texas Senate after first being elected in 2014.
Texas House Races
Texas House District 17
(Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee counties)
Texas House District 19
(Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Travis counties)
Ellen Troxclair (R) won her campaign against Pam Badgett (D). Troxclair, a former Austin City Council member, will represent Central Texans in House District 19 after the district was moved from East Texas during the 2021 redistricting process.
Texas House District 20
Texas House District 45
Texas House District 46
Texas House District 47
Texas House District 48
Incumbent Rep. Donna Howard (D) won her reelection bid against challenger Daniel McCarthy (L). Howard, who has served in the House since 2006, will continue representing Central Texans in House District 48.
Texas House District 49
Incumbent Rep. Gina Hinojosa (D) won her reelection campaign against challengers Katherine Griffin (R) and David Roberson (L). Hinojosa, who has served in the House since 2016, will continue representing Central Texans in House District 49.
Texas House District 50
Rep. James Talarico (D) won his campaign against Victor Johnson (R) and Ted Brown (L). Talarico will now represent Central Texans in House District 50 after he was drawn out of his former district, House District 52, during the 2021 redistricting process.
Texas House District 51
Maria Luisa "Lulu" Flores (D) won her campaign against Robert Reynolds (R). Flores will now replace Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, who held the seat since 2002 and ran for U.S. House District 35 this election cycle. He was defeated in the Democratic primary by Greg Casar.
Texas House District 52
Caroline Harris (R) won her campaign against Luis Echegaray (D). Harris will now represent Texas House District 52 after Rep. James Talarico (D) was drawn out the district during the 2021 redistricting process.
Texas House District 53
(Llano, Mason counties)
Texas House District 73
Carrie Isaac (R) won her campaign against Justin Calhoun (D). Isaac will now represent Central Texans in House District 73 after redistricting placed Rep. Kyle Biedermann outside of the district and he decided not to run for reelection.
Texas House District 85
Stan Kitzman (R) won his campaign against Larry E. Baggett (D) and Michael Miller (L). Kitzman will now represent Central Texans in House District 85 after defeating incumbent Rep. Phil Stephenson in the Republican primary runoff election back in May.
Texas House District 136
Incumbent Rep. John Bucy III (D) won his reelection campaign against Michelle Evans (R) and Barton Culley (L). Bucy, who was first elected in 2018, will continue representing Central Texans in the Texas House District 136.