Six-term State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R–College Station) announced he is running for re-election to Texas House District 12.

Kacal’s district includes Grimes, Madison, Robertson, Walker, and Washington counties, as well as a portion of Brazos County.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for the rural areas of our state to maintain a strong voice in the Texas House that speaks to our values and way of life,” Kacal said in a campaign announcement on Wednesday.

Kacal manages a large-scale cattle business and a hunting operation on his ranch outside College Station.

The rural Republican drew a primary opponent in 2022, but Kacal beat GOP challenger Ben Bius in a primary runoff with 58 percent of the vote.

He was unopposed in the general election.

Kacal’s top campaign contributor in the 2022 election cycle was the Texas Farm Bureau ($145,000), followed by House Speaker Dade Phelan ($76,000).

Other top contributors included the anti-school choice Charles Butt Public Education PAC, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association PAC, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, and the pro-casino gambling Texas Sands PAC.

He was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott as well as one of the state’s top teacher’s unions, the Texas State Teachers Association.

Kacal has a career “F” rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index, earning failing scores for all six of his terms.

In 2021, Kacal was ranked as the most liberal Republican in the Texas House.

This year, he earned a 37 for his votes on fiscal issues during the regular legislative session—including a vote to prohibit any budget appropriations from being used for school choice.

He also voted to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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.