Former State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) has won his Republican primary race for a chance to reclaim the House District 132 seat located in suburban west Houston.
Unofficial election results from the Texas Secretary of State show that of the 12,234 votes cast, Schofield took 53.02 percent to Angelica Garcia’s 46.98 percent.
Garcia, a business owner and mother of three, launched her campaign prior to Schofield’s entry, and had gained the endorsement of Governor Greg Abbott. She quickly raised more than $130,000 and enjoyed support from Associated Republicans of Texas and Texas Alliance for Life, but came up short on Tuesday.
First elected in 2014, Schofield served two terms before his 2018 election loss to Democrat Rep. Gina Calanni. He served on the Texas House committees for Judicial and Civil Jurisprudence and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. Schofield also wrote and filed legislation to ban a state income tax in 2017 that led to Prop 4 approved by Texas voters in 2019.
Although when he formally announced his candidacy in October, the governor had already endorsed Garcia, Schofield scored important endorsements from Texas Values Action, Young Conservatives of Texas, and the newly formed Texans for Life PAC.
Locally, he won endorsements from the Conservative Republicans of Harris County as well as the United Republicans of Harris County.
Perhaps more significantly, he enjoyed strong support from Texas Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) who told The Texan that Schofield had one of the sharpest minds in the Texas House and had the campaign skills to win in the general election.
“Schofield knocked on over 4,200 doors, overcame a gubernatorial endorsement, and what may have been expenditures of nearly $200,000 for his opponent to win this primary,” said Bettencourt. “I know Mike will walk and knock on another 10,000 doors and will win this thing in November too.”
Democrat Gina Calanni defeated Schofield in 2018 by just over 100 votes, and Rice University fellow Mark P. Jones rates HD 138 a “Toss Up” in 2020.
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Holly Hansen is a freelance writer living in Harris County. Her former column, “All In Perspective” ran in The Georgetown Advocate, Jarrell Star Ledger, and The Hill Country News, and she has contributed to a variety of Texas digital media outlets. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in History, and in addition to writing about politics and policy, also writes about faith and culture.