Elections 2022Congressman Crenshaw Says He Will Not Run for U.S. Senate in 2024

The Houston congressman has a large national profile and has been considered among the shortlist of Republicans who might pursue the potential vacancy.
September 23, 2022
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Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02) will not run for U.S. Senate in 2024.

Asked by Jonathan Martin of the New York Times at the Texas Tribune’s 2022 Festival, the two-term congressman quickly disabused the notion of a bid for the higher office next cycle.

“I can firmly say no to [running for U.S. Senate in 2024], especially if I get this chairmanship,” he said.

“I’m already on one of the best committees and so my options are either I get to be chairman of Homeland [Security] or I’m still on this great committee versus running a statewide race making a bunch of promises you still can’t keep and then going to get a basement office as a junior senator. No, I’m good.”

The seat may be vacant, swinging the door open for a GOP free-for-all, should Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) decide to again run for president or otherwise forgo re-election.

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Crenshaw currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Health and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittees. He first won election in 2018 and won re-election in 2020 handily. Crenshaw won this year’s GOP primary with three-quarters support.

Should Cruz decline to seek re-election, many top GOP figures can be expected to explore the opportunity.

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