U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano) announced he would not seek re-election in 2018. Johnson won a special election for the House seat in 1991, succeeding former U.S. Rep. Steve Bartlett, who had been elected mayor of Dallas.
The district lies entirely within Collin Co. and includes all of Allen, McKinney, Melissa and the Collin Co. portions of Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Prosper and Richardson .This heavily Republican open seat is likely to be determined by the 2018 Republican primary (runoff) election.
Potential candidates include Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano); Reps. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco), Jeff Leach (R-Plano), Scott Sanford (R-McKinney), Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) and Scott Turner (R-Frisco); Collin Co. Judge Keith Self, District Attorney Greg Willis and Co. Comm. Susan Fletcher; and Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. Other Republicans are expected to express interest in the seat.
In statements, Taylor and Leach thanked Johnson for his service but made no mention of a race to succeed him. Taylor lost a race for Congress to former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Waco) in 2006. Self told the Texas Tribune he would “certainly consider” the race. A retired Army officer, he was first elected Collin Co. Judge in 2006.
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