Name that district: Texas’ 35th district
By Aaron Blake,
Texas Republicans passed an ambitious new congressional map earlier this year that drew Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) into a very Republican district and made two of the state’s four new districts into solidly GOP ones.
The result of this redistricting maneuver is some pretty interestingly shaped districts — and fodder for our new semi-regular “Name that district” contest.
Texas Legislative CouncilTwo weeks ago, we had a great response, with Fix readers coining nicknames for Illinois’ new 7th district ranging from an amputee shellfish to the character Beavis of MTV’s “Beavis and Butthead.”
This week, we ask you to take a look at the new 35th district of Texas, which stretches (emphasis on stretches) from San Antonio to Austin and is one of two new districts with a Democratic lean.
Doggett himself is spurning his old 25th district to run in this one, and he is joined in the primary by Democratic state Rep. Joaquin Castro, a rising star in his party.
Doggett has joked about having to “live in a Winnebago” to win the new district. The good news for him is that almost all of this district runs along Interstate 35 — nearly 100 miles long, even though at certain points it’s only a few miles wide.
What does it look like to you? The comments section awaits...