Buckingham Officially Enters Race for Land Commissioner - Texas Scorecard

The fallout from George P. Bush’s decision to run for attorney general continues to unfold as candidates begin to enter the race to replace his current post as land commissioner.

Last week, Bush announced his intention to challenge current Attorney General Ken Paxton in the Republican primary, creating an upcoming vacancy for the head of the General Land Office.

Now State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R–Lakeway) says she is aiming for the position, announcing the start of her campaign with more than $2,000,000.

“The Texas Senate will soon head back to Austin to complete our conservative priorities including election integrity. With this task before us, I am launching a campaign to be commissioner of the Texas General Land Office,” said Buckingham.

“I will be running for Land Commissioner with a strong conservative record defending the right to life, our Second Amendment, our invaluable oil and gas industry, and the low tax economy that has made Texas great. Conservatives know just how important the Texas General Land Office is. The GLO is responsible for important functions that serve our Texas veterans, school children, and preserving our unique Texas History. It’s my goal as your next Texas Land Commissioner to safeguard the heroes who served in our military, protect our exceptional natural resources, and protect our unique Texas heritage, especially the Alamo,” she added.

Buckingham, an ophthalmologist, first entered the Texas Senate in 2017. Her departure for this statewide campaign will have the domino effect of creating an open race for the Senate seat she currently holds.

So far, Buckingham is joined in the race by Bexar County activist Weston Martinez.