GOP lawmaker Olson holds on in Texas district

GOP lawmaker Olson holds on in Texas district
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Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonBipartisan bill would give government workers access to retirement funds amid shutdown Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown Privacy legislation could provide common ground for the newly divided Congress MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday fended off an uphill challenge from Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni. 

Olson has held the Houston-area district since 2009. It was previously long held by former GOP House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. 

Democrats hoped they could win over this suburban district that has also seen changing demographics. The district has a 60 percent population, according to the Dallas News.

Kulkarni is a former foreign service officer and staffer for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Hopes fade for bipartisan bills in age of confrontation MORE (D-N.Y.).