“After proudly serving the City of Dallas and Southern sector for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I firmly believe that Texas State Representative Jasmine Crockett is just the person we need in Congress at this critical time,” Ms. Johnson said in a statement, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“The Congresswoman was one of the first Black women elected to the Texas House and I am the most recent — this responsibility has not been lost on me,” Ms. Crockett said in a statement.
The candidate also emphasized her efforts to expand voting rights, adding that the current GOP-led legislature offered the “worst legislative session in Texas history.”
Ms. Crockett was one of the 60 Democratic state lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C. in July to protest S.B. 1, a Republican-backed bill to institute changes in the state’s voting laws many Democrats said would disproportionately impact minority voters. After the standoff was ended, the bill went on to pass the state legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in September.
The lawmaker is one of several House Democrats to announce their retirement plans ahead of the 2022 midterms, expected to advantage Republicans.
More than 15 Democrats have announced their intent to step down next year.
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