A state representative endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott won Saturday in the runoff election against the Dallas salon owner who was jailed this year for reopening her business against the governor’s orders.
Rep. Drew Springer will be the new senator representing Texas District 30, which covers much of the same eastern portion of the House district and encircles an area of the state northwest of Dallas and Fort Worth, including Sherman, Denton, Weatherford and Stephenville, as well as Wichita Falls.
Springer had a large lead over fellow Republican Shelly Luther -- the salon owner who defied COVID-19 shutdown orders. He won with 56% of the vote.
Abbott announced earlier this month that he was throwing his support behind Springer, because he was a "proven leader" with his work on property tax reform and "the only candidate in this race who is endorsed by the NRA."
Saturday night Abbott congratulated Springer on his victory.
“We look forward to working with you to secure our border, support police, protect the unborn, cut taxes, safeguard 2nd Amendment rights, fund schools and open up businesses in Texas,” said Abbott.
“I will continue advancing the conservative priorities of our district like reducing property taxes, securing the border, and standing up for our law enforcement and first responders who keep our communities safe,” Springer said in a Facebook post.
Now, Springer’s State House seat will be open, so another special election is on the horizon.