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Who's Who?

It’s time-consuming to research everyone on your ballot — so we researched the biggest names for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Listed below is every candidate for office in Texas from each of the major political parties. Each candidate has a quick biography, followed by key issues and platforms they stand on. Each candidate’s priorities are according to the candidate’s website unless expressed otherwise.

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United States Senate

House of Representatives, District:   1 5 10 18 25 30 35


United States Senate

Incumbent: John Cornyn

John Cornyn (R)

About

John Cornyn is a 68-year-old former lawyer and chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. According to his website, he earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Trinity University in 1973. Subsequently, he earned his J.D. degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1977. He earned his Master’s of Law degree from the University of Virginia in 1995.

Issues

• Combats human trafficking
• Pushed for the the Cares Act in the Rio Grande Valley
• Empowers parents by choosing the setting that best fits their children and family
• Supports DACA
• Strives to make Juneteneth a national holiday
• Strengthened law enforcement and works on impactful measures to end chokeholds and address no-knock warrants
• Created a Smithsonian National Latino Museum to honor Latino contributors and highlight their stories
• Support Healthcare Reform
• Supports alternative and renewable energy initiatives
• Supports international trade/USMCA
• Supports agricultural development and farmers

MJ Hegar (D)

About

Mary Jennings Hegar is a 44-year-old former teacher and Air Force veteran. According to her website, after graduating from the University of Texas, she enlisted in the military and graduated at the top of her pilot training program. She served three tours in Afghanistan.

Issues

• Oppose any effort to dismantle, privitize, or undercut Medicare and will oppose “age tax.”
• Affirm reproductive rights and increase access to sex education, childcare, and affordable over-the-counter contraception
• Fight to permanently end child separation at the border, properly processing asylum seekers’ claims, securing the border, and building a path to citizenship
• Set aggressive goals for the expansion of clean, renewable energy and invest in clean energy and transportation
• Ensure every child has access to affordable and quality education through investing in public education.
• Support initiatives to streamline services to veterans to get better care
• Require background checks and end open carry


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House of Representatives, District 1 (Jarvis Christian College, Texas College, and Wiley College)

Incumbent: Louie Gohmert

Hank Gilbert (D)

About

Hank Gilbert is a 61-year-old former Agricultural Education teacher from East Texas who taught for 13 years. According to his website, Gilbert has a degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M. Along with his late wife, Karla Murphy Gilbert, he founded a non-profit organization that was later renamed Karla’s Joy. According to his website, 825 women have benefited from the organization so far. Gilbert ran for the Texas Agriculture Commission seat, winning the Democratic party nomination but ultimately losing the race in 2006 and 2010.

Issues

• Reconstruct the tax code so corporations and wealthy Americans pay a fair share of taxes.
• Invest in schools, roads and other infrastructure
• Increase the manufacturing workforce through federal funding to junior colleges and public schools for vocational education
• Improve health insurance coverage by reducing co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles
• Raise minimum wage
• Reduce and eliminate student debt

Louie Gohmert (R)

About

Louie Gohmert is a 67-year-old who served as a former District Judge for three terms in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals after being appointed to one term by former Gov. Rick Perry. According to his website, Gohmert received an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. Gohmert is a Vietnam veteran, having served as Captain in the U.S. Army. He is currently serving his eighth term as District 1 representative.

Issues

• Strenghening for U.S. relations with Israel
• Fighting terrorism and radical Islam
• Promoting the preservation of U.S. Constitutional authority, freedoms of religion and speech, and state’s rights, among others.


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House of Representatives, District 5 (Southwestern Christian College)

Incumbent: Lance Gooden

Lance Gooden (R)

About

Lance Gooden is a 37-year-old former Congressman for the Texas House of Representatives who served three terms. According to his website, he earned a degree in finance and government from the University of Texas. Gooden previously worked as an insurance broker and risk management consultant for 10 years. He won the race for District 5 U.S. Representative in 2018.

Issues

• Supports banning sanctuary cities to cut down on illegal immigration
• Supports the Second Amendment
• Focuses on health care reforms that put the patient before insurance companies
• Overhauls the Department of Veteran Affairs and makes sure they bring transparency, accountability, and improved service to veterans
• Keeps taxes and spending low for the state. For congress, reduce the IRS, create a simplified tax code and protect small business owners from government interference.
• Manages national debt by cutting spending and requires a balanced budget in congress.
• Protects National Security

Carolyn Salter (D)

About

Carolyn Salter is a physician and former mayor of Palestine, Texas. She became the first elected woman mayor of Palestine in 2005, winning by a single vote. According to her website, she attended Stephen F. Austin University followed by University of Texas-Southwestern, where she got her MD in 1981 and finally moved to Palestine in 1991.

Issues

• Advocates for affordable and accessible healthcare
• Supports neglected rural communities
• Fights for access to affordable broadband Internet, education and paying educators fair wages and retirement
• Supports prroviding quality, affordable, and equal opportunity housing that revitalizes communities and keeps them safe
• Preserves, protects and defends energy and the environment

Kevin A. Hale (L)

About

Kevin Andrew Hale is a 50-year-old Dallas citizen. According to his website, Hale is a former salesman and wants to end the two-party system. The slogan for his campaign is “Give Congress Hale.”

Issues

• End the wars, bring our troops home and advocate for a non-interventionist foreign policy
• End the war on drugs by fully decriminalizing recreational cannabis and end alcohol restrictions, among other things
• Return to consumer-driven markets


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House of Representatives, District 18 (Texas Southern University)

Incumbent: Sheila Jackson Lee

Wendell Champion (R)

About

Wendell Champion is a former U.S. Army officer, lawyer and corporate manager. According to his website, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and served in the Army and Army Reserves afterward. He received a law degree from South Texas College of Law and has been a lawyer for more than two decades. Champion has been an active volunteer in his community supporting, serving and organizing in different areas, including youth ministry.

Issues

• Provide flexibility in providing comprehensive healthcare solutions
• Take action to preserve a healthy environment
• Supports the Second Amendment
• Supports additional, accurate, and open discussions on abortion rights to demonstrate they need to be re-examined.

Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

About

Sheila Jackson Lee is a 70-year-old currently serving her 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to her website, Jackson Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University, making history as the first woman to graduate from that program. Subsequently, she earned a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Issues

• Advocate for children by supporting youth programs and influencing policy around foster care
• Strive to achieve energy independence
• Encourage a balanced and thoughtful approach to foreign policy
• Provide affordable and accessible quality healthcare for all
• Provide adequate help for veterans


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House of Representatives, District 10 (Prairie View A&M)

Incumbent: Micheal McCaul

Michael McCaul (R)

About

Michael McCaul is running for reelection to the U.S. House to represent Texas’ 10th Congressional District. McCaul earned his J.D from St. Mary’s University and went into private practice as a lawyer. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Deputy Attorney General under then Attorney General John Cornyn. He previously held the position of chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Issues

• Ensuring that America’s borders are secure by handling terrorist threats, cyber security, airport security, and more.
• Reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil and expand domestic production of economically viable sources of energy
• Providing proper healthcare, education and financial assistance to veterans.
• Advancing and strengthening domestic technology sector

Mike Siegel (D)

About

Mike Siegal is an Austin, Texas, civil rights lawyer and former Teach for America Corps member who taught in the classroom for five years as a third grade teacher. After graduating from law school, Siegal served as a plaintiff-side employment lawyer representing women who suffered from discrimination in the workplace.

Issues

• Guarantee the right to vote for everyone
• Advocate for police reform against racial justice by enforcing officers to stop other officers of excessive force and to immediately report it to their supervisor
• Support housing for all through acts like “A Place to Prosper Act,” which will protect tenants through rent control
• Combat climate change, starting with the closure of Fayetteville Coal Plant
• Aim to undo the damage of college debt
• Support the pro-choice movement

Roy Eriksen (L)

About

Roy Eriksen is a born and raised Houstonian, who graduated from Texas A&M University after growing up in a middle class family. He believes that the two-party system is flawed and does not have the people’s best interest at heart.

Issues

• Support the Second Amendment
• End federal subsidization of Planned Parenthood and protect those with pre-existing conditions
• Advocate for the legalization of cannabis and reform sentencing guidelines for non-violent offenses
• Support a balanced budget amendment and making the Trump tax cut permanent.
• Support abolishing the Department of Education and returning control to individual states.
• Support creating an amnesty program, but continuing to protect America’s borders
• Implement term limits for career politicians.


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House of Representatives, District 25 (Huston-Tillotson University)

Incumbent: Roger Williams

Roger Williams (R)

About

Roger Williams is a Texas Christian College graduate, who formerly played minor league baseball with the Atlanta Braves farm system. He is a member of the U.S House that assumed office January 3rd, 2013 and is running for reelection. Williams formerly served as the Texas Secretary of State from 2005 to 2007 and succeeded by Phil Wilson.

Issues

• Against sanctuary laws and supports The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act
• Vouched for CARES Act to allow rural health clinics and hospitals to be eligible for financial relief
• Lobby for small business relief for Central Texas businesses impacted by pandemic

Julie Oliver (D)

About

Julie Oliver is a 48-year-old mother of two who did not live a luxurious life in South Oak Cliff, Texas. Before finishing high school, Oliver had her first child at 17. Ultimately, she put herself through college and law school with her young family and eventually dedicated 20 years to the healthcare industry, specifically in healthcare finance and non-profit accounting. The threat to affordable health care bolstered Oliver’s need to run for Congress.

Issues

• Ensure the country achieves universal healthcare
• Passage of the New Green Deal that will provide good paying jobs to those working in fossil fuel industries, including communities of color.
• Believes in holding gun lobbyistsaccountable for illegal behavior and misguided policies that have impact the country’s gun death rate
• Re-establishing America’s reputation on immigration reform, starting by building a real path towards citizenship for undocumented people who live,work and raise families in the U.S and reversal of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Bill Kelsey (L)

About

Bill Kelsey is an American-born District 25 candidate, who spent the first 15 years of his life in Jordan. He considers himself the “sorriest excuse as a Naval officer: because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and his anti-war sentiments more broadly.Nearly 50 years later, Kelsey accomplished flying countless humanitarian assignments and is running as a Libetarian with the hopes to bring those ideologies to the party.

Issues

• Disengage all U.S. wars and combat operations overseas, declared and undeclared, along with the end of armaments to foreign countries, including allies.
• Simplify the process for undocumented residents to obtain legal citizenship
• Abolish the income tax system


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House of Representatives, District 30 (Paul Quinn College)

Incumbent: Eddie Bernice Johnson

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

About

Eddie Bernice Johnson was first elected to Congress in November 1992 and is currently serving her 14th term in the U.S House. Johnson began her career as the first female African-American Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas. From 2011 to 2018, she served as the first African-American and woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Issues

• Supports helping lower and middle class families pay college through an increase in federal funding
• Acknowledges clean air as North Texas’ top environmental challenge and opposes any legislation that will rollback key environmental provisions.
• Affordable healthcare, additional resources allocated mental health, and protecting Medicare program
• Improve equipment for troops, training for first responders and increase federal funding for veterans.

Tre Pennie (R)

About

Tre Pennie is the youngest candidate of Texas 30th district. At 38-years-old the Texas Tech University graduate is an Army veteran and served as a Dallas Police sergeant for 20 years.

Issues

• Enforce academic accountability, especially for K-12, and ensure that the federal dollar is properly managed and invested in student learning. He promotes the idea of religious institutions receiving federal funding to establish their own school systems due to their academic achievements.
• Pledge to help grow small businesses by providing greater access to federal funds
• Enhance public safety by improving law enforcement training, allocate funds for equipment and ensure law enforcement agencies are prepared for 21st Century threats
• Uphold the provisions of the First Amendment

Eric Williams (I)

About

Eric Williams is a respected photojournalist that’s worked for National Geographic, Boston Globe, Detroit News and others. In the 80s, Williams became the first African-American photojournalist at multiple publications, including the Hartford Courant, San Antonio Light and Topeka Capital-Journal. He is an Independent running on the platform “Three E’s,” which focuses on education, environmental improvements and economic development.

Issues

• Strengthen the public school system by improving STEM, the Arts and career development
• Complete ban of asbestos and lead in public schools and public spaces
• Create meaningful jobs that would protect our natural resources and help transition from fossil fuels industry to solar, wind and nuclear technologies
• Focused attention on improving the quality of neighborhood businesses, streets, alleys, parks, trails and zoning.


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House of Representatives, District 35 (St.Philip's College)

Incumbent: Lloyd Doggett

Lloyd Doggett (D)

About

Lloyd Dogget was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2013. He is a cum laude graduate from Texas Law and since has been honored by notable entities, such as AARP, Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy and Save The Children.

Issues

• Committed to making safety a priority in gun legislation
• Expanding veteran assistance to ensure wounded veterans have easier accessibility to healthcare, such as health facilities, and are able to work
• Reform Wall Street and simplify tax law
• Protecting individuals and small businesses from bearing the burden of multinational corporations
• Commitment to criminal justice reform, including the humane treatment of those who are in prison or detained
• Advocate for student debt reduction and simplification of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Pushes to drive pharmaceutical drug prices down and reform legislation to end loopholes that help create high prices

Jenny Garcia Sharon (R)

About

Jenny Garcia Sharon is a Houston native and daughter of a Marine. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Issues

• Pass laws to abolish abortion
• Increase school choices for parents
• Defend the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment

Mark Loewe (L)

About

Loewe has a doctorate in physics from the University of Texas and has received several endorsements from Gary Johnson, the twenty-ninth governor of New Mexico and foremost Libertarian in the country.

Issues

• Balance the country’s budget
• End the War on Drugs


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