Businessman Matt Morgan announced he is running in 2024 to represent Texas House District 26 in Fort Bend County, setting up a Republican primary rematch with State Rep. Jacey Jetton (R–Richmond).

Morgan ran against Jetton in the 2020 GOP primary, finishing first in a three-way race, but he lost a runoff to Jetton by fewer than 700 votes (48-52 percent).

In a campaign announcement on Tuesday, Morgan said he is running because “District 26 needs a representative who is accountable to the people in the district and who represents their interests in Austin.”

Morgan said district residents have been impacted by a range of issues including education, teacher pay, runaway inflation, out-of-control property taxes, election integrity, and border security.

“It’s time to get to work to fix these issues,” he said.

Jetton’s office confirmed that he is running for re-election.

His wife, Fanny Jetton, is temporarily holding his seat while he is on active service in the Army National Guard.

During his two terms in office, Jetton earned an “F” rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index for his votes on fiscal issues. In May, he voted to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Jetton’s campaign raised $2.2 million and spent $600,000 during his 2020 run. His 2022 campaign spent $237,000, and his top contributors were Texans for Lawsuit Reform and House Speaker Dade Phelan. Jetton has received $46,000 for 2024 and has $119,000 cash on hand.

Morgan’s 2020 campaign spent $90,000.

Morgan is an insurance adjuster who runs his own business representing policyholders. He and his family live in Pecan Grove.

“I will work hard to make Texas better, safer, and stronger, and to protect our shared values of faith, family, and freedom,” said Morgan.

Primary Election Day is March 5, 2024.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.