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After losing Houston mayoral contest, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announces congressional re-election bid
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After losing Houston mayoral contest, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announces congressional re-election bid

Shortly after losing her bid to serve as Houston mayor, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas announced that she will seek re-election to her House seat, claiming that she has "more gifts" to give her constituents.

"I thought about the many more gifts I have to give to my constituents of the 18th Congressional District. Those gifts involve more hard work and my ability to get the job done! Together, let's build on the progress we've achieved and work towards an even brighter future for all," Jackson Lee tweeted.

Democratic Texas state Sen. John Whitmire decisively defeated Jackson Lee in the Houston mayoral runoff election.

But fresh off of her huge loss, Jackson Lee, who has been serving in the House of Representatives since 1995, is now aiming to score another term as a member of Congress.

According to the Texas secretary of state website, the filing deadline for 2024 primary candidates was December 11, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

"I am pleased to announce my decision to seek reelection for the 18th Congressional District in Houston," Jackson Lee said in a statement. "Reflecting on the impactful strides we've made together; I am compelled by the numerous opportunities still ahead to enhance the lives of my constituents."

"Throughout my tenure, the success of my endeavors has been unmistakable, a testament to my unwavering dedication to the well-being of those I represent. As I embark on this campaign, I am fueled by the belief that experience is essential, yet I also recognize the significance of genuine commitment, steadfast dedication, and a proven ability to deliver results," she noted.

Isaiah Martin has dropped his bid for the congressional seat and endorsed Jackson Lee. "As a nation, we must be laser-focused on flipping the House and electing more good Democrats — not primarying good Democrats who deliver," Martin said in a statement.

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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