The race to replace retiring Houston-area Congressman Pete Olson has a new entrant, as Republican activist Kathaleen Wall announced her candidacy on Monday.

“I’m excited to announce that I am officially a candidate for the 22nd Congressional District,” said Wall. “I look forward to continuing to work for, and with, the people of Ft. Bend, Brazoria, and Harris Counties in a new role as their representative in Washington, D.C.”

Wall had previously attempted a run for the 2nd Congressional District in 2018, failing to make the runoff for the seat now held by Congressman Dan Crenshaw.

Since then, however, Wall has doubled down on her involvement with the party, serving on the State Republican Executive Committee, where she has led election integrity efforts over the past year.

“Having worked closely with the party leadership in Ft. Bend and Brazoria has given me a unique understanding of the diversity of this district and the particular challenges that our community faces,” Wall explained.

The seat is expected to be hotly contested in 2020, as both the Republican and Democrat fields swell with contenders ahead of the primary election. Currently announced Republican candidates include Joe Walz and Greg Hill.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens