1997 United States House of Representatives elections

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1997 U.S. House of Representatives elections

← 1996 April 12, 1997 – November 5, 1997 1998 →

3 (out of 435) seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
218 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  SpeakerGingrich.jpg Dick Gephardt.jpg
Leader Newt Gingrich Dick Gephardt
Party Republican Democratic
Leader since March 20, 1989 June 6, 1989
Leader's seat Georgia 6th Missouri 3rd
Last election 226 seats 207 seats
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1

There were three special elections to the United States House of Representatives in 1997 during the 105th United States Congress. Republicans had a net one-seat gain over the Democrats.


Elections are sorted by date and district.

District Incumbent This race
Representative Party First elected Results Candidates
Texas 28 Frank Tejeda Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent died January 30, 1997.
New member elected April 12, 1997.
Democratic hold.
New Mexico 3 Bill Richardson Democratic [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned February 13, 1997 to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
New member elected May 13, 1997.
Republican gain.
New York 13 Susan Molinari Republican [data unknown/missing] Incumbent resigned August 2, 1997, to become a journalist for CBS.
New member elected November 5, 1997.
Republican hold.

New Mexico's 3rd district[edit]

The election was held in the historically Democratic district after the resignation of Democrat Bill Richardson, who became the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Bill Redmond won the May 13 election and became the only Republican to ever represent this district.

New Mexico's 3rd congressional district special election, 1997[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Redmond 43,559 42.75
Democratic Eric P. Serna 40,542 39.79
Green Carol Miller 17,101 16.78
Libertarian Ed Nagel 393 0.39
Reform Daniel Pearlman 304 0.30
Total votes 101,899 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Texas's 28th district[edit]

Incumbent Frank Tejeda died of brain cancer soon after the congressional elections. As no candidate received an outright majority during the first round on March 15, 1997 a special runoff was held on April 12, 1997, which was won by State Representative Ciro Rodriguez.

Texas's 28th congressional district special general election (1997)[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ciro Rodriguez 19,992 66.68%
Democratic Juan F. Solis III 9,990 33.32%
Total votes 29,982 100%
Democratic hold

New York's 13th district[edit]


  1. ^ 1997 Special Election Results
  2. ^ "Race Summary Report: April 1997 Special Runoff Election". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved April 28, 2018.