Texas elections, 2010

Elections were held in Texas on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Primary elections were held on March 2, 2010.

The Republican Party continued its dominance over Texas politics, maintaining control of all statewide offices and increasing its majorities in both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The GOP also picked up control of three additional seats in the United States House of Representatives.


United States House of Representatives

All 32 Texas seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2010.



Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry ran for re-election against Democratic challenger and former mayor of Houston Bill White and several third-party candidates, and won.

Lieutenant governor

Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst ran for re-election and won.

Attorney general

Incumbent Republican Greg Abbott ran for re-election as Texas Attorney General against Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky and Libertarian candidate Jon Roland, and won.

State senate

Approximately half of the 31 seats of the Texas Senate are up for election in 2010.

State House of Representatives

All 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives were up for election in 2010. The GOP captured 99 seats (a record), with the Democrats capturing 50 (one seat, District 48, is still being contested). However, Edmund Kuempel, the incumbent GOP candidate for the District 44 seat subsequently died; the seat was filled by special election on December 14 and won by his son, John, also a Republican. Later, two Democrats (Allan Ritter and Aaron Pena) announced they were switching parties and joining the Republicans, thus giving the GOP 101 seats, and a 2/3 majority in the House, giving it considerable leverage. For example, under Texas law, any bill which passes with 2/3 of both legislative chambers becomes effective immediately upon the Governor's signature (otherwise a bill does not become effective until September 1, the start of Texas' fiscal year).

Other state offices

Elections were held for the positions of Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Railroad Commissioner in 2010.

Judicial positions

Multiple judicial positions were up for election in 2010, including three justices on the Texas Supreme Court.

Ballot measures

There are no statewide ballot measures in Texas in 2010.


Many elections for county and city offices were also be held on November 2, 2010.

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