DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s official: state representative Jasmine Crockett is running for Congress and has the support of retiring representative Eddie Bernice Johnson.
#NEW During the @ jasminefor100 announcement, she is running for Congress, @RepEBJ makes the approval official: “… I absolutely believe Jasmine has the ability and vision to take the mantle to serve as the next U.S. House of Representative in Washington …” @CBSDFW
– Jack Fink (@ cbs11jack) November 24, 2021
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Earlier this month, Johnson announced he would be leaving Congress at the end of the current term.
Crockett, who currently represents the Texas House District 100 state, is applying for a 30-year Johnson seat, the 30th seat in the Congressional District.
In recently drawn maps of Texas, the district covers southern Dallas County and a small portion of Tarrant County. The seats of Johnson and Crockett overlap to a large extent.
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In a statement in support of Crockett, Johnson said the district needs a representative with “high energy, a passion to fight for us, intelligent intelligence, leadership and constant vigor.” He ‘firmly [believes] that Texas State Representative Jasmine Crockett is exactly the person we need in Congress at this critical time.
Johnson cited Crockett’s experience as a civil rights lawyer and his knowledge of the area and its components as important reasons for his acceptance.
Johnson also praised Crockett’s “ability and vision,” including his focus on a fair economic recovery for all, drawing fair circuit maps in Texas, expanding health care, and reforming criminal justice.
Crockett said he was ready to be a “strong voice” for District 30 and that his “record has always been about people.”
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Elections for Johnson’s seat will be held in 2022. So far, no other candidate has announced that he is running.