The Texas congressional delegation and announced candidates raised more than $18M during the second quarter of 2021 and reported having more than $38M on hand. July quarterly reports were due today for all federal officeholders and candidates. Our federal Crib Sheet has been updated with the latest results.

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) led all Texans on the ballot in 2022 with just under $3M in contributions, including transfers from authorized committees. His $3.9M on hand is second only to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s (D-Austin) $5.3M. Other highlights include:

  • In CD3, U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano) raised $581K and has $909K on hand.
  • In CD6, state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) out-raised Susan Wright, $1.2M to $451K, and outspent her, $1.1M to $336K, between April 12 and June 30 – the period covered by their pre-runoff reports. Over the special election cycle, Ellzey has out-raised Wright by nearly $1M.
  • In CD7, U.S. Rep Lizzie Fletcher (R-Houston) raised $557K and has $1.1M on hand.
  • In open CD8, Magnolia business owner Morgan Luttrell raised $461K and has $449K on hand.
  • In CD15, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) out-raised Republican rival Monica De la Cruz-Hernandez, $426K to $279K. The incumbent has a $1.3M advantage in cash on hand.
  • In CD21, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) raised $376K and has $756K on hand.
  • In CD22, U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Richmond) out-raised Democratic rival Matt Berg, $165K to $99K, and has a 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand.
  • In CD23, U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-San Antonio) out-raised Democratic rival John Lira, $531K to $101K, and the incumbent has a $789K to $51K advantage in cash on hand.
  • In CD24, U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Irving) raised $754K during the quarter and has $857K on hand.
  • In potentially open CD30, Dallas Democratic activist Jane Hope Hamilton and Dallas housing administrator Jessica Mason each raised just under $60K. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Dallas) report indicated she received no contributions and refunded $5K.
  • In CD32, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) raised $626K and has more than $1M on hand.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) raised more than $4.6M during the quarter, including transfers from authorized committees, and has $6.3M on hand. He is not up for election until 2024. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) raised $311K and has $915K on hand. Cornyn is not up for re-election until 2026.

Today was also the deadline for state and local (where required) officeholders and candidates to file July semiannual reports. Most of these reports will become available online tomorrow (Friday). Typically, we do not learn much from these reports, aside from some shows of strength among the statewide offices. Incumbent state officials and legislators were only able to accept contributions during the last 10 days of June. We will be updating our Crib Sheets over the weekend.

CD6 special: An abbreviated early voting period begins Monday for the July 27 special runoff election.

Special Session: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told KTVT-TV’s Jack Fink that the next special session will begin August 8, the day after the current special session is scheduled to end. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said he would ask Abbott to add changing the legislative quorum requirement to that session’s call. Article 3, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution requires two thirds of members to be present to establish a quorum.

In the House, Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) removed Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) from the largely ceremonial post of Speaker Pro Tem, citing Moody’s participation in the Democrats’ organized quorum break.

SD12 open: Former Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) to succeed the retiring Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound).

SD31: Big Spring steel manufacturer and Coahoma ISD board member Stormy Bradley announced she would challenge Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in the Republican primary. The campaign released a biographical ad, “Meet Stormy Bradley,” that touches on conservative policy positions.

Seliger narrowly avoided a runoff in 2018 with 50.4% of the vote against two opponents, Midland oil and gas businessman Mike Canon (31%) and Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal (18%). Seliger received 53% of the vote in the 2014 primary against Canon.

Dallas Republicans: Former Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) announced he would step down as Dallas Co. party chair.

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