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Texas Congresswoman Endorses State Representative for Her Seat

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Rep. Crockett, Jasmine District 100. | Image from Texas Standard

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On November 24, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) announced she would be endorsing state house Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) to assume her congressional seat.

Jacob Bliss of Breitbart News reported that Johnson made the announcement right after Crockett announced her candidacy that very same day.

Crockett announced her congressional candidacy during an event on November 24.

“I am ready to serve,” she stated. “I’m asking that you believe this isn’t about me, it’s not about you, it’s about us.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, other elected officials attended the event to throw their support behind Crockett.

“There’s so many more stories like that about Congresswoman Johnson. I want to be clear that this district has always had a fighter,” Crockett remarked about Johnson’s congressional career. “She may not be on the cameras but when I tell you she’s done her part, I feel so proud to think that she would think that I’m worthy.”

“A vibrant congressional district like TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with high energy, a passion to fight for us, shrewd intelligence, leadership, and an incessant drive,” Johnson declared in her endorsement statement of Crockett. “After proudly serving the City of Dallas and Southern sector for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I firmly believe that Texas State Representative Jasmine Crockett is just the person we need in Congress at this critical time.”

Crockett is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. She is the only African American freshman in the 2021 Texas state legislature, who narrowly won a competitive primary runoff against Lorraine Birabil, 50.4%-49.6%

On November 20, Johnson announced that she would not be running for re-election.

In her initial announcement, Johnson did not endorse any candidates. At the time, Johnson explained she would “recommend” a replacement: “I will retire, and I will recommend to you who is the best to follow me.”

So far, 17 U.S. House Democrats have announced they will not be seeking re-election to either retire from politics or run for a different office, which could include a Senate run or a local seat.

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