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February 25, 2022

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Abbott’s Texas House Endorsements Compared

Preoccupied with his own re-election, Governor Greg Abbott has not been as involved in Texas legislative elections this year. But he has still issued 21 endorsements.

Only three people have been endorsed by Abbott on the Senate side: Sen. Kelly Hancock (North Richland Hills), Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), and former senator Pete Flores who is running for the open Senate District 24 seat.

Below is a comparison of the state representatives who face opponents this year that have received support from the governor versus those who have not. 

Candidates listed without an asterisk face at least one primary challenger in next week’s election. Two of the incumbents endorsed by Abbott do not have primary opponents.

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Nearly 30 incumbent representatives have not yet been endorsed by the governor, a list that will likely shrink after the primary. Some members without endorsements have been critical of the governor on various issues, but others have not.

The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index ratings are listed next to the House district, showing how much, if at all, the district’s voter base favors Republicans.

Not Endorsed

  • Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) – HD 2, R-81%
  • Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia) – HD 3, R-79%
  • Cole Hefner (R-Mount Pleasant) – HD 5, R-81%
  • Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) – HD 6, R-70%
  • Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin)* – HD 9, R-77%
  • Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) – HD 11, R-76%
  • John Raney (R-College Station) – HD 14, R-58%
  • Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) – HD 15, R-67%
  • Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) – HD 18, R-83%
  • Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls)* – HD 20, R-60%
  • Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood)* – HD 24, R-68%
  • Jacey Jetton (R-Richmond)* – HD 26, R-60%
  • John Kuempel (R-Seguin)* – HD 44, R-65%
  • Brad Buckley (R-Killeen)* – HD 54, R-55%
  • Hugh Shine (R-Temple)* – HD 55, R-57%
  • Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Anderson) – HD 56, R-68%
  • Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) – HD 60, R-84%
  • Matt Shaheen (R-Plano)* – HD 66, R-59%
  • Jeff Leach (R-Plano) – HD 67, R-58%
  • David Spiller (R-Jacksboro) – HD 68, R-86%
  • James Frank (R-Wichita Falls)* – HD 69, R-77%
  • Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) – HD 71, R-78%
  • Phil Stephenson (R-Stephenson) – HD 85, R-68%
  • Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington)* – HD 94, R-58
  • Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth)* – HD 97, R-59%
  • Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth)* – HD 99, R-60%
  • Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas)* – HD 108, R-59%
  • Dennis Paul (R-Houston)* – HD 129, R-59%
  • Valoree Swanson (R-Spring) – HD 150, R-60%

*Denotes a candidate with only a general opponent.


  • Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) – House District (HD) 1, R-75%
  • Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) – HD 12, R-72%
  • Gary Gates (R-Richmond) – HD 28, R-59%
  • Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City) – HD 31, R-57%
  • Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) – HD 33, R-63%
  • Andrew Murr (R-Junction) – HD 53, R-78%
  • Reggie Smith (R-Sherman) – HD 62, R-78%
  • Lynn Stucky (R-Denton) – HD 64, R-62%
  • Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) – HD 81, R-73%
  • Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) – HD 83, R-78%
  • Ken King (R-Canadian) – HD 88, R-84%
  • Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) – HD 91, R-63%
  • Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) – HD 98, R-67%
  • Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson)* – HD 112, R-55%
  • John Lujan (R-San Antonio)* – HD 118, EVEN
  • Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) – HD 121, R-56%
  • Mike Schofield (R-Katy) – HD 132, R-60%
  • Lacey Hull (R-Houston) – HD 138, R-56%

*Denotes a candidate with only a general opponent.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.