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While still outside the state of Texas after fleeing, Democrat State Rep. Michelle Beckley (Carrollton) announced on Tuesday her candidacy to challenge freshman Texas Republican Congresswoman Beth Van Dyne (Irving).

Serving in the Texas Legislature since 2019, Beckley has represented part of Denton County and narrowly won her House seat in both election cycles.

Congressional Bid

Beckley announced her candidacy via a video where she attempted to compare her dedication to protecting voters’ rights to that of Van Dyne, who voted earlier this year to object to the 2020 presidential election results from Pennsylvania.

Quickly announcing the endorsements of 30 of her House Democrat colleagues, Beckley now joins the already announced Democrat candidate for the seat, Derrik Gay, who is a current attorney and a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Beckley is one of the several House Democrat lawmakers who recently broke quorum during the ongoing special legislative session and fled to Washington, D.C., leaving the House of Representatives paralyzed and unable to consider Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda.

Beckley recently received attention from the Texas House Republican Caucus for what they considered a “poor showing” in a CNN interview.

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked, “Is it fair to say that you haven’t completely thought out Steps 5, 6, and 7 and that you are sort of living in the present of these next 30 days, or however long, and trying to get attention? I mean, unless there is something I’m missing, is there some other step beyond this?”

Beckley replied, “We have to see how we go, because we don’t know what the governor is going to do, we don’t know what the Republicans are going to do in the state House, or what the Senate is going to do in the nation. So,

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