Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced he would seek re-election to a third term. Patrick’s campaign account had $19.5M on hand as of December 31, the highest cash-on-hand figure ever reported by a Texas lieutenant governor. As of that date, Patrick has raised $43.1M since he was elected to the office in 2014, including $3.2M during the last 10 or so days of June 2019 after the contribution moratorium in place for that legislative session ended.

Freshman Rep. Cody Vasut (R-Angleton) said he did not support Patrick’s re-election bid. “I frankly think we need new leadership in the Texas Senate,” Vasut was quoted as saying to the Lake Jackson Business Assoc. “He needs to go. I think we need somebody else in there who is actually committed to being productive.” While it is not unusual for one chamber’s members to criticize the other chamber right after a session, Vasut’s candid assessment might earn him a primary challenger.

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