Republican State Rep. Jake Ellzey won Tuesday’s special runoff election for the North Texas congressional seat left by the late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, defeating Ron’s widow, Susan Wright, and setting up yet another special election.

He will fill Ron Wright’s unexpired term representing Texas’ 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Fort Worth and Arlington in Tarrant County, as well as all of Ellis and Navarro counties. Ron passed away in February, just weeks into his second two years in office.

Ellzey served six months as a first-term state representative from Waxahachie in Ellis County. Before running for the Legislature in 2020, he finished second to Ron Wright in the 2018 GOP primary for the CD 6 seat.

The retired Navy pilot drew support from fellow Republican state lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), and former Gov. Rick Perry, as well as from Democrats casting “anti-Trump” votes in the all-Republican runoff.

Susan Wright, a longtime Republican activist in Tarrant County, won wide support from grassroots Republicans, conservative organizations, and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels—including an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Wright and Ellzey were the top two finishers in a May 1 special election among 23 candidates.

Ellzey’s win sets up another special election to fill his vacated Texas House District 10 seat.

Complete contest results can be found on the Texas secretary of state’s website.

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.


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