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Election 2016

Congressmen Brady & Culberson Hold Off GOP Primary Challengers

Despite challenges from the right, the GOP incumbents won their respective primaries on Super Tuesday.


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Congressman Kevin Brady greets supporters at an election-night event in The Woodlands.
Gail Delaughter
Congressman Kevin Brady greets supporters at an election-night event in The Woodlands.

Kevin Brady of The Woodlands faced three opponents in the Republican primary in the 8th Congressional District. He easily defeated his opponent — former State Representative Steve Tothwho leveled charges Brady wasn’t conservative enough.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Brady currently serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and he says voters are comfortable with his record.

“They know me,” Brady says. “I never moved to Washington. They see me around the community all the time. They know I’m a true conservative. And so I think, more people turning out to vote is a good thing.”

In Houston’s 7th Congressional District, Republican John Culberson of Houston saw his conservative record challenged by two opponents after running unopposed in the primary two years ag.: Maria Espinoza, the co-founder of an anti-immigration group called The Remembrance Project and James Lloyd, an energy attorney and former national security aide in the George W. Bush White House.

Culberson has held that seat since 2000 and currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

Both Congressmen represent conservative districts and are expected to easily defeat their Democrat rivals in the November election,

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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