2022 Primary Election RESULTSElections 2022IssuesState HouseRep. Reggie Smith Defeats Shelley Luther in North Texas House District

A Democratic judge catapulted Shelley Luther into the spotlight during the pandemic when he sentenced her to jail for reopening her business.
March 2, 2022
In House District (HD) 62, Rep. Reggie Smith (R-Sherman) has defeated Shelley Luther, the Dallas business owner who spent the night in jail after a Democrat sentenced her for reopening her salon.

With all precincts reporting, Luther lost the Republican nomination to Smith by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. Smith will likely cruise to victory in this deeply Republican district.

Previously, Luther ran unsuccessfully for a Texas Senate seat being vacated by Congressman Pat Fallon (R-TX-04). In that race, Luther lost to Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster).

After redistricting, HD 62 was rated R-62% in The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index. No Democrats filed to run for the seat.

Smith was first elected to the Texas House in 2018.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."