Nick Lampson won the 9th District U.S. House seat in 1996, receiving 53 percent to incumbent Republican's Rep. Steve Stockman's 47 percent.
The election took place in December because of a Supreme Court ruling that the original 9th District's boundaries were illegal.
Lampson was re-elected in 1998, defeating Republican Tom Cottar with 64 percent of the vote. He defeated Paul Williams in 2000 with 59 percent of the vote.
Lampson was re-elected in 2002 with 59 percent of the vote.