On Friday morning, Nubia Devine—a longtime religious freedom activist, former legislative staffer, and wife of Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine—announced she is running for state representative of the newly drawn Texas House District 19.

She joins two other announced candidates in the race, former Austin City Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair and Austin police officer Justin Berry, who both changed course from other campaigns to instead campaign for the newly drawn district.

Devine was born in Columbia, grew up in Venezuela, and later emigrated to the United States. She has worked within several crisis pregnancy centers and ministries and has served as a constituent liaison for former Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman. Devine also served as a legislative staff member of Republican State Reps. Briscoe Cain (Deer Park) and Kyle Biedermann (Fredericksburg).

Last week, Biedermann announced he would not be seeking re-election. Though he currently represents Texas House District 73, he was drawn into the newly drawn Texas House District 19.

It is possible the field of candidates will continue to expand. The candidate filing period is set to end on December 13, 2021, and the primary election is currently scheduled for March 1, 2022.

Jeramy Kitchen

Jeramy Kitchen serves as the Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard as well as host of 'This Week in Texas', a show previewing the week ahead in Texas politics. After managing campaigns for conservative legislators across the state, serving as Chief of Staff for multiple conservative state legislators, and serving as Legislative Director for the largest public policy think tank in Texas, Jeramy moved outside of the Austin bubble to focus on bringing transparency to the legislative process.