Katrina Pierson, a former spokesperson for President Donald Trump, has announced she is launching a campaign for the Texas House.

Pierson will be challenging House District 33 incumbent State Rep. Justin Holland (R–Heath).

First elected to the Texas house in 2016, Holland has drawn the ire of conservatives with a series of high profile votes in contradiction to the party’s priorities this year. 

Holland was one of just two Republicans on the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety to join Democrats in voting to raise the age for semi-automatic rifle purchases larger than a .22 caliber from 18 to 21. He was also among the 60 Republican members who voted to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton. And, just last month, Holland was one of 21 Republicans to vote with Democrats to strip a school choice proposal out of school spending legislation.

Pierson says it is time for change in the Texas House.

“The Texas House has been a bottleneck for conservative priorities for too long, and it must be reformed,” said Pierson. “A small group of liberal Republicans like Justin Holland have formed a coalition with Democrats to block or water down conservative priorities. Justin Holland voted to put radical Democrats in charge of key committees so they could kill conservative bills. Holland even helped put a radical Obama Administration lawyer in charge of House proceedings.”

“Republicans are tired of politicians who care more about representing the Austin special interests than hard-working taxpayers,” she added. “I’ll stand up for conservative principles and fight for lower taxes, stronger border security, and boldly oppose the radical left’s woke agenda. Republicans in Rockwall and Collin County have told me they want a conservative voice in Austin, and I’m honored by the support and encouragement I have received from them to enter the race.”

House District 33 includes Rockwall County and part of Collin County. 

Businessman Dennis London is also running in the Republican Primary for HD 33.

As of publishing, Holland did not respond to a request for comment. 

The Republican primary election 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