A top lieutenant of House Speaker Dade Phelan has just earned a challenger in the Republican primary.

Wade Cowan, a farmer and businessman from West Texas, has announced he will challenge State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R—Lubbock) for the Texas House.

“I don’t like Austin, but someone has got to go up there and represent our interests. Our current representative is just another self-dealing lawyer pushing a personal agenda,” said Cowan. “Power has become more important to him than serving the people he represents. I’ve had enough of it. It’s about time to send a farmer to fight for our interests in the state capitol.”

Cowan previously served as President and Chairman of the American Soybean Association.

Burrows, meanwhile, was first elected to the Texas House in 2014. He currently serves as the chairman of the Calendars Committee, one of the most powerful positions in the chamber because the committee controls which legislation will receive a vote by the full body.

He is one of the members most aligned with Speaker Dade Phelan, leading Cowan to refer to him as his “lapdog.”

House District 83 is comprised of a portion of Lubbock county and ten surrounding counties.

Burrows did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

The Republican primary will take place on March 5, 2024.

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