U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) announced he would not seek re-election to a seventh term.
Calling his service to the district “a tremendous blessing,” Olson said his time in Congress “has come at great personal sacrifice to my family.” He cited family health issues and the need to be “a more consistent presence to help our family” as the reason for retiring. Olson said he would serve out his term.
Since Olson was elected in 2008, CD22 has shifted ever closer to partisan parity, going from 4.3 percentage points redder than the state as a whole to 0.7 percentage points bluer, with much of that shift occurring in the last two election cycles. Olson’s 5-point win over Sri Preston Kulkarni in last year’s general election was his closest race to date:
- 2018: Olson 51%, Kulkarni 46% (4.9% margin)
- 2016: Olson 60%, Mark Gibson 40% (19.0%)
- 2014: Olson 67%, Frank Briscoe 32% (35.0%)
- 2012: Olson 64%, Kesha Rogers 32% (32.1%)
- 2010: Olson 67%, Rogers 30% (37.7%)
- 2008: Olson 52%, U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson 45% (7.1%)
The district’s current boundaries have been in place since 2011, but the demographics are evolving rapidly, and it is one of the nation’s most diverse congressional districts.
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