D.C. Watch: State Rep. Jake Ellzey Headed to Congress

July 29, 2021

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On July 27, freshman state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) won the special election runoff for the 6th Congressional District seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington), who died earlier this year from COVID-19 complications. The contest drew national attention after former President Donald Trump endorsed Susan Wright, the former congressman's widow, to complete the unexpired term. Ellzey was endorsed by former Gov. Rick Perry, who served in the Trump administration as secretary of energy. Wright and Ellzey finished first and second in the 23-candidate special election on May 1, respectively. Ellzey won the runoff with 53.3% of the more than 39,000 votes cast.

Ellzey's victory means Gov. Greg Abbott will call a special election to fill the now-vacant seat in Texas House District 10, which contains all of Ellis County and part of Henderson County. A date has not yet been set for the new special election.