U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) has announced a press conference in Midland tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m. CDT, at which he is expected to announce he will retire. Conaway is serving his seventh term. Nationally, he would be the fifth Republican retiring so far this cycle and the second in Texas, joining U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), who announced his retirement last week. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Heath) is President Trump’s pick to become the next Director of National Intelligence.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway

CD11 is the second reddest congressional district in the state. It was 26 percentage points redder than the state as a whole in 2018 and has been trending steadily redder for more than two decades. The district consists of all or part of 29 counties, running from Hood County, just outside the D/FW Metroplex, all the way to the New Mexico border. It includes Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.

CD11 includes large swaths of several legislative districts:

  • 21% of HD53, held by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction), including his home county
  • 96% of HD60, held by Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury), including his home county
  • 84% of HD72, held by Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), including his home county
  • 89% of HD81, held by Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), including his home county; and
  • 96% of HD82, held by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), the Dean of the House, including his home county.

It includes portions of several Senate districts, but none of the senators live within CD11.

HD4: Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney) announced he would seek re-election to a second term.

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