As the Republican Primary Election nears, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to expand his support for challengers to Texas House members.

Paxton announced his first round of endorsements back in October after he was acquitted of all charges in his impeachment trial in the Texas Senate. Another slate of endorsements soon followed. 

He also endorsed several GOP challengers to state representatives in Collin County—where he resides—during a Republican Party meeting in October. All of the incumbents voted to impeach Paxton.

Now, Paxton is endorsing seven additional challengers to current State Representatives in the Texas House: 

Stephen Stanley is challenging State Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett) for House District 113. 

Helen Kerwin is challenging State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) for House District 56. Kerwin has also earned the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. 

Janine Chapa is challenging State Rep. Terry Wilson (R-Georgetown) for House District 20. Wilson was among the 60 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Paxton.

Paulette Carson is challenging State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) for House District 9. Ashby also voted to impeach Paxton. 

Karen Post is challenging State Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian) for House District 88.  King was another Republican House member who voted to impeach Paxton. 

Hillary Hickland is challenging State Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) for House District 55. Shine was one of two dozen House Republicans who joined Democrats in voting for an amendment to the state’s budget that prohibited using funds for school choice programs. Gov. Greg Abbott has also endorsed Hickland. 

Jack Reynolds is challenging State Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) for House District 99. Geren voted in favor of impeaching Paxton and served on the House Impeachment Board of Managers for the trial. 

Paxton also endorsed candidates for various Republican County Chair races, judge races, a constable race, and a district attorney race. 

“Texas is under attack, and we must fight to protect our conservative values not only from the Biden Administration but from liberal Republicans who enable and allow reckless liberal policies to wreak havoc on our state and our local communities,” wrote Paxton. “If elected, these Republican County Chairs, Judges, and State Rep candidates will [f]ight every day to defend Texas values. These candidates will stand up to Dade Phelan and [h]is woke agenda that is embarrassing the state.”

The primary election will take place on March 5. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.