The Texan has learned that Chris Putnam is planning to announce a primary challenge against long-time incumbent Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12) in the coming days.
An unofficial copy of Putnam’s announcement reads, “I’m running for Congress because we need a fearless conservative reformer for the people of TX-12. It’s time that the people of this district had a representative who truly stands for their values. Our district deserves a fearless conservative who will stand with President Trump, protect our border, and defend the sanctity of innocent life. Kay Granger hasn’t – I will.”
With a political career spanning nearly ten years, Putnam formerly served as a city councilman in Colleyville and as a vice-president at Synchronoss–a technology company.
As the first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the House, Rep. Granger is currently serving her 12th term in Congress after being re-elected in 2018.
Raised in Fort Worth, Granger’s career in politics began as a member of the city zoning commission in 1981 where she served until 1989.
From 1989 to 1991, she went on to serve on the Fort Worth City Council before becoming the first female mayor of Fort Worth in 1995.
She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996.
She currently serves as the ranking member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and previously served as chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and is known for her efforts in international development and environmental advocacy.
Additionally, Rep. Granger is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In challenging Rep. Granger, Putnam says he will promise to make border security a priority, to fight to lower taxes, and “curb excessive government spending.”
Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.