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Ann Richards - 1990

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Italics = Potential Candidate
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Filing Deadline: December , 2017
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): August , 2018
Primary: March , 2018
Run-Off: May , 2018

This page was last updated on April 25, 2017


Greg Abbott (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

George W. Bush - 1994

Dan Patrick (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Collier (D) - Corporate Executive, Democratic Activist & '14 State Comptroller Nominee

Ken Paxton (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Glenn Hegar (R)* - (Campaign Site)

James A. Baker - 1978

George P. Bush (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Sid Miller (R)* - (Campaign Site)


Christi Craddick (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2018.

Ryan Sitton (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.

Wayne Christian (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2022.

Preston Smith


State House

State Senate


Ted Cruz (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael McCaul (R) - Congressman & Attorney
Joaquin Castro (D) - Congressman & Ex-State Rep.

Pavel Goberman (D) - Fitness Instructor & Frequent Candidate
Roman McAllen (D) - Architect & Urban Planner
Beto O'Rourke (D) - Congressman, Ex-El Paso City Councilman & Businessman
Dustin Webb (D)

Matthew Dowd (Independent) - Ex-GWBush White House Aide & Political Consultant

John Tower - 1978

John Cornyn (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.
Joaquin Castro (D) - Congressman & Ex-State Rep.


District 1:
Louie Gohmert (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Ron Paul for Congress

District 2:
Ted Poe (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Pat Bryan (D) - Electrical Engineer, Computer Engineer & '16 Nominee
James Graf (D) - Businessman, Ex-Investment Banker & '14 Candidate in California

District 3:
[ Sam Johnson (R)* - Retiring in 2018. ]
Roger Barone (R) - Investment Manager

Pat Fallon (R) - State Rep., Ex-Frisco City Councilman & Businessman
Susan Fletcher (R) - Collin County Commissioner, Marketing Consultant & Religious Right Activist
Jodie Laubenberg (R) - State Rep. & Ex-Businesswoman
Jeff Leach (R) - State Rep. & Attorney
Matt Shaheen (R) - State Rep., Ex-Collin County Commissioner & Technology Executive
Florence Shapiro (R) - Ex-State Sen., Ex-Plano City Councilwoman & Ex-Teacher
Van Taylor (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Iraq War Veteran & '06 Nom.
Greg Willis (R) - Collin County District Attorney & Ex-County Court Judge
Harry LaRosiliere (D) - Plano Mayor & Ex-Plano City Councilman

Robert Mason (Humane) - Businessman, Financial Advisor & Navy Veteran

District 4:
John Ratcliffe (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 5:
Jeb Hensarling (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dan Wood (D) - Ex-Terrell City Councilman, Attorney & '15 State Appeals Court Justice Nominee

Jack Brooks

District 6:
Joe Barton (R)* - (Campaign Site)
John Duncan (D)
Jana Lynne Sanchez (D) - Communications Consultant
Justin Snider (D) - Locksmith & Sanders Campaign Activist
Glenn Adair (Libertarian)

District 7:
John Culberson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
David Balat (R) - Health Care Executive

Collin Cox (D) - Attorney

Joshua A. Butler (D) - University Development Official
James Cargas (D) - Attorney, Ex-Clinton White House Aide, Ex-Congressional Aide & '12/'14 Candidate
Debra Kerner (D) - Ex-Harris County School Board Trustee & Speech Pathologist

Alex Triantaphyllis (D) - Non-Profit Executive, Attorney & Ex-Investment Banker

District 8:
Kevin Brady (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 9:
Al Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 10:
Michael McCaul (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ryan Stone (D) - Manor City Councilman & Accountant

Tom DeLay

District 11:
Mike Conaway (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mason Casas (D) - Truck Driver

District 12:
Kay Granger (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Vanessa Adia (D) - Teacher

District 13:
Mac Thornberry (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 14:
Randy Weber (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 15:
Vicente Gonzalez (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Charlie Wilson

District 16:
[ Beto O'Rourke (D)* - Candidate for US Senate in 2018. ]
César Blanco (D) - State Rep., Ex-Congressional Aide & Navy Veteran
Veronica Escobar (D) - El Paso County Judge & Ex-El Paso County Commissioner

Nicole LeClair (D)

Oscar Leeser (D) - El Paso Mayor & Auto Dealer

District 17:
Bill Flores (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 18:
Sheila Jackson Lee (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Lori Bartley (R) - Bookkeeper, Business Consultant & '16 Nominee
Ava Pate (R) - Cosmetologist & '16 Candidate

District 19:
Jodey Arrington (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dan Epstein (D) - College Professor & Sanders Campaign Activist
Miguel Levario (D) - College Professor

District 20:
Joaquin Castro (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Trey Martinez Fischer (D) - Ex-State Rep., Attorney & '15/'16 State Sen. Candidate

Henry B. Gonzalez

District 21:
Lamar Smith (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Derrick Crowe (D) - Businessman, Ex-Congressional Aide & Progressive Activist

Joseph Kopser (D) - Businessman, Aerospace Engineer & Retired Army Officer

Elliott McFadden (D) - Bike Share Company Exec. Dir. & Democratic Activist
Rixi Melton (D) - Guitar Instructor & Artist
Chris Perri (D) - Attorney & Economist
Tom Wakely (D) - Hospice Care Provider, Unitarian Minister, USAF Veteran & '16 Nominee

District 22:
Pete Olson (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 23:
Will Hurd (R)* - (Campaign Site)
César Blanco (D) - State Rep., Ex-Congressional Aide & Navy Veteran
Pete Gallego (D) - Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Rep., Attorney & '14/'16 Nominee
Jay Hulings (D) - Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Trey Martinez Fischer (D) - Ex-State Rep., Attorney & '15/'16 State Sen. Candidate

District 24:
Kenny Marchant (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Moates (R) - Journalist & Conservative Activist
Jan McDowell (D) - Personal Concierge, Ex-Human Resouces Executive & '16 Nominee

District 25:
Roger Williams (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Phil Gramm - Clayton Williams - Joe Dial - Rob Mosbacher Jr. - 1990

District 26:
Michael Burgess (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Linsey Fagan (D) - Businesswoman

District 27:
Blake Farenthold (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Solomon Ortiz Jr. (D) - Ex-State Rep., Businessman & Ex-Teacher

District 28:
Henry Cuellar (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 29:
Gene Green (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Hector Morales (D) - Teacher

Martin Frost

District 30:
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Barbara Mallory Caraway (D) - Ex-State Rep., Ex-Dallas City Councilwoman & Frequent Candidate
Yvonne Davis (D) - State Rep. & Businesswoman
Helen Giddings (D) - State Rep. & Ex-Human Resources Executive
Jane Hamilton (D) - Congressional Aide
Eric Johnson (D) - State Rep. & Attorney
Carl Sherman (D) - Ex-DeSoto Mayor
Royce West (D) - State Sen. & Attorney

Charles Lingerfelt (R) - Restaurant Owner, Ex-Educator, Conservative Activist & '16 Nominee 

District 31:
John Carter (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Christine Mann (D)

District 32:
Pete Sessions (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Colin Allred (D) - Attorney & Ex-Pro Football Player
Awbrey Hughlett (D) - Web Developer
Steve Love (D) - Retired Methodist Pastor, USAF Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Ron Marshall (D) - Process Server

Ed Meier (D) - Ex-Hillary Clinton Campaign Official, Ex-US State Dept. Official & Attorney
Regina Montoya (D) - Hospital Executive

Dani Pellett (D) - Political Research Assistant & Transgender Rights Activist
Darrell Rodriguez (D) - Teacher

District 33:
Marc Veasey (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Bill Clements for Governor

District 34:
Filemon Vela (D)*

District 35:
Lloyd Doggett (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 36:
Brian Babin (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jon Powell (D) - Ex-Taylor Lake Village Mayor, Scientist & Business Consultant
Dayna Steele (D) - Store Owner & Retired Radio Rock DJ


Texas Communist Party
Constitution Party of Texas
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Republican Party of Texas
Socialist Party of Texas


Bob Krueger

Secretary of State's Office

State Ethics Commission

George W. Bush - 1994


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Lloyd Bentsen - 1970

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