Ted Cruz Endorses Mike Olcott in House Runoff - Texas Scorecard

As the May runoff election creeps up on Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) endorsed in one heated North Texas race.

Parker County Conservatives co-founder Mike Olcott is challenging incumbent State Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Mineral Wells) for the privilege to represent House District 60.

Rogers earned a 45 on the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility’s Index and a rating of 53 from the Young Conservatives of Texas following his first legislative session, placing him solidly in the bottom quarter of Republican legislators.

Refusing to support a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying, voting down attempts to create transparency in the legislative process, funding education for illegal aliens, and supporting Democrat committee chairs are just the highlights of Rogers’ voting record.

Nevertheless, Rogers received Gov. Greg Abbott’s endorsement for the runoff election.

Cruz announced his endorsement of Olcott earlier today, stating, “I’m proud to endorse Mike Olcott for Texas House District 60. Mike is a conservative who has walked the walk for years. He will fight every day to secure the border and he is a tireless champion for Texas. I hope my fellow conservatives join me in supporting his campaign.”

In 2020, Rogers faced off against Jon Francis in the Republican runoff election, eventually winning by about 300 votes. Similar to this year’s runoff race, Rogers received Abbott’s endorsement, and Francis received Cruz’ endorsement.

Olcott is “honored” to accept the Cruz endorsement, adding, “Glenn Rogers is out of step with the district, and it’s time for a change. We deserve better than one of the most liberal Republicans in the Texas House.”

This is not the only race in which Cruz and Abbott are butting heads.

Cruz has also endorsed Ben Bius in House District 12 against Abbott-endorsed incumbent Kyle Kacal (R–College Station), one of the House’s most liberal Republican representatives.

The runoff election is slated for May 24.