Tablet Opinion

Return local incumbents to U.S. Congress

Tarrant County’s delegation in Washington mostly reflects the county’s dominant political landscape: Republican, very conservative but not extremist and, in the House at least, seldom in the national spotlight.

Expect it to remain so after the Nov. 4 election.

Although U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Reps. Joe Barton, Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant and Roger Williams have Democratic and Libertarian challengers (and Cornyn also faces a Green Party candidate), all should be re-elected.

Reps. Michael Burgess and Marc Veasey, the lone Democrat in the delegation, face only Libertarian opposition and should also be returned to office.

Cornyn has been in the Senate since 2003. As minority whip, he is his party’s second-most-powerful Senate leader.

He can help lead the GOP and Congress out of dysfunction and, going into the 2016 presidential election, show that Republicans can form consensus on crucial policies.

His challengers, Democrat David Alameel, Libertarian Rebecca Paddock and the Green Party’s Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez, could not help Texas and the nation as much.

Barton, in House District 6 (the southeastern quadrant of Tarrant County and all of Ellis and Navarro counties), is the local delegation’s senior member, having served since 1985. He’s a former chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and has championed stands on energy policy, privacy and tax reform.

Democratic challenger David E. Cozad has launched determined opposition, but he and Libertarian Hugh Chauvin can’t match Barton’s strengths.

Granger, a former Fort Worth mayor, was elected in 1997 to serve House District 12 (western Tarrant County, all of Parker County and the southeastern portion of Wise County). She’s vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Democrat Mark Greene has raised the profile of the race, but neither he nor Libertarian Ed Colliver can overcome Granger’s name recognition and leadership.

In District 24, longtime state lawmaker Marchant was elected in 2004. He’s an unwavering GOP team player representing northeast Tarrant, northwest Dallas and extreme southeast Denton counties. Democrat Patrick McGehearty and Libertarian Mike Kolls are challenging Marchant.

District 25’s Roger Williams represents a tiny portion of southern Tarrant County and a huge territory from Johnson County to south of Austin, including all or part of 12 counties. Elected two years ago in the newly redrawn district, Williams is a former Texas secretary of state and has long been an active GOP fundraiser. His challengers are Democrat Marco Montoya and Libertarian John Betz.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Reps. Joe Barton, Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams, Michael Burgess and Marc Veasey for re-election.