Democrat State Rep. Julie Johnson of Farmers Branch has announced she will be giving up her seat in the Texas House in an attempt to move up to U.S. Congress.

Johnson quickly announced support from liberal groups such as the American Federation of Teachers and the Human Rights Campaign after announcing this week.

She will be running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D–Dallas), who is not seeking re-election and is instead mounting a campaign for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Ted Cruz.

Having served in the Texas House since 2019, Johnson has been one of the chamber’s most liberal members—earning a 20 on the recently released Fiscal Responsibility Index.

In her announcement video, Johnson describes herself as “a Democrat, and experienced fighter, and an LGBT Texan.”

“I’m Julie Johnson, and I’m running for Congress with the experience to turn the tables in Washington to make government work for you,” she adds.

Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan empowered Johnson this last session by making her the vice chair of the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

Democrat Cassandra Hernandez has already announced her intention to run for Johnson’s seat in the Texas House.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens