August 7, 2013

Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, just announced the support of 53 Texas House members in his quest to replace Republican Greg Abbott as the state’s attorney general.

“For the past 10 years, the Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives have led the way in passing conservative legislation that has been a model for our nation,” Branch said. “I have been proud to work alongside so many strong conservatives to support an environment that has helped foster the Texas Miracle while protecting limited government and traditional values. I am grateful for and honored by the generous support of my peers, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as the next Attorney General of Texas.”

According to a news release, Branch is endorsed by a majority of members of House Republican Caucus. And the endorsements “represent of cross-section of Texas.”

Branch is running in the GOP race for AG against Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. Paxton announced his campaign last week and also has significant support in the Texas House.

The AG post is open because Abbott, the incumbent, is running for Texas governor.

The names release by Branch are listed below.

1. Representative Jimmie Don Aycock (Killeen)

2. Representative Cecil Bell (Magnolia)

3. Representative Dwayne Bohac (Houston)

4. Representative Greg Bonnen (League City)

5. Representative Cindy Burkett (Garland)

6. Representative Angie Chen Button (Richardson)

7. Representative Bill Callegari (Houston)

8. Representative Travis Clardy (Nacogdoches)

9. Representative Byron Cook (Corsicana)

10. Representative Drew Darby (San Angelo)

11. Representative John Davis (Houston)

12. Representative Sarah Davis (Houston)

13. Representative Gary Elkins (Houston)

14. Representative Marsha Farney (Georgetown)

15. Representative Allen Fletcher (Cypress)

16. Representative John Frullo (Lubbock)

17. Representative Charlie Geren (River Oaks)

18. Representative Lance Gooden (Athens)

19. Representative Patricia Harless (Spring)

20. Representative Linda Harper-Brown (Irving)

21. Representative Dan Huberty (Kingwood)

22. Representative Todd Hunter (Corpus Christi)

23. Representative Jason Isaac (Dripping Springs)

24. Representative Kyle Kacal (Bryan)

25. Representative Jim Keffer (Granbury)

26. Representative Ken King (Canadian)

27. Representative Susan King (Abilene)

28. Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (Lexington)

29. Representative Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham)

30. Representative John Kuempel (Seguin)

31. Representative Lyle Larson (San Antonio)

32. Representative George Lavender (Texarkana)

33. Representative JM Lozano (Kingsville)

34. Representative Doug Miller (New Braunfels)

35. Representative Jim Murphy (Houston)

36. Representative John Otto (Dayton)

37. Representative Chris Paddie (Marshall)

38. Representative Diane Patrick (Arlington)

39. Representative Larry Phillips (Sherman)

40. Representative Jim Pitts (Waxahachie)

41. Representative Four Price (Amarillo)

42. Representative John Raney (College Station)

43. Representative Bennett Ratliff (Coppell)

44. Representative Debbie Riddle (Tomball)

45. Representative Allan Ritter (Nederland)

46. Representative Kenneth Sheets (Dallas)

47. Representative J.D. Sheffield (Gatesville)

48. Representative Ralph Sheffield (Temple)

49. Representative Wayne Smith (Baytown)

50. Representative Phil Stephenson (Wharton)

51. Representative Jason Villalba (Dallas)

52. Representative Paul Workman (Austin)

53. Representative John Zerwas (Simonton)

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