Thirteen former state representatives have won their way back into the House after sitting out at least one term since 2000. All but two of those former representatives returned in the election cycle immediately following the one that caused them to leave. At least one former representative has returned in each election cycle since 2000, but only two have done so by defeating an incumbent in the Republican primary (Rep. Rodney Anderson in 2014 and former Rep. Wayne Christian in 2006).
This year, five former Republican representatives are challenging incumbent Republican representatives. We’ve previously analyzed three of these face-offs (Lavender vs. VanDeaver, Gooden vs. Spitzer and Ratliff vs. Rinaldi). In this post, we look at HD55, where former Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) is challenging freshman Rep. Molly White (R-Belton).