Simpson, Tea Party Favorite, May Run for Speaker

State Rep. David Simpson of Longview, a libertarian-leaning Republican who rode to office with heavy Tea Party support two years ago, is considering a run for Texas House speaker, he told The Texas Tribune late Monday night.

“I have not made a decision. People have asked me to run, yes,” Simpson said. “I’m praying about it. And I’ll do the right thing.”

If Simpson files to run for the powerful office he would join incumbent Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, in that race. Hughes, asked about rumors he might drop out, said he ...

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