Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

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Lizzie Pannill Fletcher
Lizzie Fletcher, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJohn Culberson
Personal details
Born
Elizabeth Ann Pannill

(1975-02-13) February 13, 1975 (age 44)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Scott Fletcher
EducationKenyon College (BA)
College of William and Mary (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Elizabeth Ann Pannill Fletcher[1] (born February 13, 1975) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Texas. A Democrat, she is the member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 7th congressional district. The district, which was once represented by future President George H. W. Bush, includes much of western Houston.

Early life and education[edit]

Fletcher was born at Hermann Hospital in Houston on February 13, 1975.[2][3] Fletcher was raised in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, later graduating from St. John's School.[4]

She left Texas to attend Kenyon College in Ohio, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, and then attended William & Mary Law School in Virginia.[2]

She then returned to Houston, where she worked for the law firm Vinson & Elkins.[5][6] Later, she worked at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, where she handled complex business litigation cases, becoming their first female law partner in 2015.[2][7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Fletcher ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 7th congressional district.[8] She defeated Laura Moser in the Democratic Party primary election after a primary and runoff election that saw Democrats sharply divided between Fletcher (backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and Moser (backed by Bernie Sanders's group Our Revolution.)[9][10]

In the November 6 general election, Fletcher campaigned as a moderate against nine-term Republican incumbent John Culberson, ultimately defeating him by five percentage points (52.5% versus 47.5% of all votes.)[11][12]

According to the Houston Chronicle:[12]

The [Democratic] primary in effect became a referendum on whether Democrats should oppose Culberson by whipping up the dormant part of their base or, by nominating Fletcher, pull in centrists and ex-Republicans. Tuesday's election results proved they could do both: In beating Culberson with more than 52 percent of the vote, Fletcher's winning coalition included right-leaning moderates, but also hardline progressives who turned out in droves to support Democrat Beto O'Rourke's turnout-driven Senate campaign.

Culberson held his own in his longstanding base of west Houston, parts of which he had represented for three decades at the state and federal levels, as well as in the Memorial area. However, Fletcher swamped him in the district's share of southwest Houston, as well as the Bear Creek area. When she took office in 2019, she became only the fourth person to represent the 7th since its creation in 1967, the first Democrat, and first woman. This western Houston district was best known as the district that sent future President George H. W. Bush to Congress as its first representative. He gave up the seat to make an unsuccessful run for Senate in 1970, and was succeeded by fellow Republican Bill Archer. In turn, Archer handed the seat to Culberson in 2001.

Personal life[edit]

Fletcher is the sister of Katherine Center.[13] She met her husband, Scott, when they both worked at the same law firm.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William and Mary Law Review Staff, 2004-2005
  2. ^ a b c "Texas New Members 2019". The Hill. November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018. A Houston native, Fletcher grew up in the district before heading to Ohio to attend Kenyon College, where she was in the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. She later attended William & Mary Law School.
  3. ^ "Meet Lizzie Fletcher | Lizzie Pannill Fletcher | U.S. Congress | Texas 7th Congressional District". Lizziefletcher.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Abby Livingston (May 24, 2018). "Lizzie Pannill Fletcher's bid against U.S. Rep. John Culberson emerging as major fall fight". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "In this Texas district, the Democrats seem serious about winning". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Elaina Plott (September 2, 2018). "Democrats Hope to Flip Houston's Seventh House District". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  7. ^ By Andrew Edmonson. "War for the West – OutSmart Magazine". Outsmartmagazine.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Scherer, Jasper (October 22, 2018). "Culberson, Fletcher face off in only debate - Houston Chronicle". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 23, 2018. The debate, held on the eve of early voting, contained mostly recurring themes from the campaign trail. The well-funded candidates have traded sharp rhetorical blows in the media and through TV ads, with Fletcher attacking Culberson’s record and the congressman casting his opponent as too liberal.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Sean; Weigel, Dave (May 23, 2018). "Lizzie Fletcher defeats Laura Moser in bitter Democratic primary in Texas". Washington Post. Retrieved May 26, 2018. Moser still made it into a runoff against Fletcher but was unable to build momentum during the next two months.
  10. ^ Livingston, Abby (May 24, 2018). "With primary behind her, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher's bid against U.S. Rep. John Culberson emerging as major midterm fight for fall". Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 21, 2018. Moser placed second behind Fletcher out of seven candidates in the March primary but lost badly to Fletcher in a runoff Tuesday night...But while Moser ran a spirited campaign against Fletcher, she conceded the race quickly and graciously and pledged to back Fletcher's bid.
  11. ^ Edgar Walters and Kathryn Lundstrom (November 6, 2018). "Democrat Lizzie Fletcher defeats Texas GOP Congressman John Culberson". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Scherer, Jasper (November 7, 2018). "Lizzie Fletcher looks to legislate the way she won: in moderation". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 20, 2018. When Fletcher unseated Culberson Tuesday night by a relatively comfortable five points, however, she did so behind a Houston-centric campaign that emphasized her local roots and pulled in right-leaning independents and disillusioned Republicans. Now, having flipped a seat controlled for the last 52 years by Republicans, Fletcher heads to Washington with a target on her back, but also a desire to legislate with the same moderate approach she used to build her campaign.
  13. ^ "NYT bestselling author Katherine Center on Twitter: "Totally in awe of my little sister, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who just announced she is running for Congress in Texas"". Twitter.com. May 12, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Culberson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ilhan Omar
United States Representatives by seniority
398th
Succeeded by
Chris Pappas