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
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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 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."