87th LegislatureElections 2022Local NewsState HouseRep. Lacey Hull Wins Second Term in Texas House, Defeats Democratic Challenger Stephanie Morales

In unofficial election results, Hull touted a healthy 14-point margin over her Democratic challenger.
November 10, 2022
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Rep. Lacey Hull has won a second term to represent Texas House District (HD) 138 in northwest Houston, fending off a challenge from Democrat Stephanie Morales.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve my community in the Texas House,” Hull told The Texan.

“This election was a referendum on Biden’s radical policies that are hurting Houston families. This session, my priorities will be lowering property taxes, securing our border, and supporting our oil and gas industry to create jobs and lower the cost of gasoline and groceries.”

First elected in 2020, during the 87th Legislative Session, Hull served on the House Committees for Insurance, Services, and Resolutions Calendars, and was a deputy floor leader of the Texas House Republican Caucus and an at-large member of the Policy Committee.

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Hull authored “John and Joseph’s Law,” which requires law enforcement and medical examiners to report details on missing persons to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. She also won recognition from the Texas Conservative Coalition, Texas Values Action, and the Conservative Political Action Coalition.

The Houston Chronicle editorial board praised Hull for some of her work against domestic violence but endorsed her opponent, saying they disapproved of Hull’s promotion of House Bill 25, which blocks biological males from competing in girls’ sports in Texas public schools.

Hull was one of a bipartisan group of legislators who vocally opposed the planned execution of Melissa Lucio earlier this year, leading to a stay and orders for a Brownsville trial court to re-examine the case.

Located in northwest Houston, HD 138 is rated R-56% according to The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index, and Hull exceeded expectations with 57 percent of the vote, with 774 out of 782 voting centers reporting in Harris County.

Multiple election day woes in Harris County included delayed openings and malfunctioning equipment, and more than 20 polling locations reported running out of paper ballots. During an emergency hearing Tuesday evening, the county attorney’s office admitted that some locations never received the needed paper ballots to process voters.

Initially, a district court judge ordered the county’s polling sites to remain open an extra hour allowing late voters to cast provisional ballots, but the Supreme Court of Texas stayed the judge’s Temporary Restraining Order allowing the extra votes just before 8:00 p.m.

Under redistricting, few state legislative races in the Houston area were competitive. No area incumbents were defeated Tuesday.

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Holly Hansen

Holly Hansen is a regional reporter for The Texan 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.