Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) will seek reelection to his solidly Republican Texas seat in the U.S. House, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday, seemingly reversing plans to attempt a return to the state Senate in Austin.
The move, which came as a surprise to many even in his own party, came one day after Fallon had filed to seek election to his former seat in the Texas state Senate. That apparent move even won a full endorsement from GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Fallon told reporters he’d originally wanted to return to the Texas Senate to spend more time with his family back home.
“I filed to return because you’ve got to think about family,” he said.
But after making his announcement Monday and talking more with his family and constituents, he reconsidered. His oldest son Thomas was “distraught,” he said, though ultimately the decision was Fallon’s alone. He acknowledged that rolling out some endorsements Monday like Patrick’s for his state Senate bid “put some folks in some spots” but “we’re good.”
Fallon only arrived in the House in 2021. His district gave former President Donald Trump 74 percent of the vote in 2020.
Sarah Ferris contributed.
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