Tribpedia: Craig James

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Craig James, currently running in the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, is a former sports star, TV commentator, rancher and businessman. He has four children with his wife, Marilyn, and lives in Celina.

Born on January 2, 1961, in Jacksonville, Texas, James grew up in the Houston area. His parents ...

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5/12/12  Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell  at the Christ Fellowship Church in  McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.
5/12/12 Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell at the Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.

Leppert Takes Mayoral Record Into U.S. Senate Race

During Tom Leppert's tenure as Dallas mayor, the city saw its crime rate drop and major projects move forward. But critics say Leppert, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, had always looked at the job as a political stepping stone. Leppert said that although there's always more that could be done, he accomplished what he set out to do in Big D. 

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.  Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol. Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Ron Paul Backs Cruz, but Cruz Not Returning the Favor

While U.S. Rep. Ron Paul endorsed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz on Sunday to be the next U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz isn't returning the favor and endorsing Paul's presidential bid.

The 4 leading contenders for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison -- Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz and former ESPN sportscaster Craig James -- gathered in Dallas for the Belo debate on Friday, April 13, 2012.
The 4 leading contenders for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison -- Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz and former ESPN sportscaster Craig James -- gathered in Dallas for the Belo debate on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Sometimes It's Safer Not to Be a Superstar

High expectations can raise the risks for a candidate, especially in a rookie campaign against a wealthy incumbent. A second-place primary finish for U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz may not be so bad. But a third-place finish could affect future runs for office.

U.S. Senate candidate Craig James at a TribLive event at the Austin Club on Feb. 23, 2012.
U.S. Senate candidate Craig James at a TribLive event at the Austin Club on Feb. 23, 2012.

Craig James Raises $268,000, Gives Campaign $750,000

U.S. Senate candidate and former ESPN college football analyst Craig James reported raising more than $1 million — 74 percent of that total from himself — in the first three months of the year. The amount is the lowest of the four leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.

The four major Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate — David Dewhurst, Tom Leppert, Ted Cruz and Craig James — debated in Dallas on April 13, 2012.
The four major Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate — David Dewhurst, Tom Leppert, Ted Cruz and Craig James — debated in Dallas on April 13, 2012.

Cruz and Dewhurst Trade Barbs in Feisty Debate

For much of the hour-long debate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst found himself playing defense against former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former ESPN analyst Craig James and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the three other candidates in the contest for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

David Dewhurst Raised $1.66 Million in First Quarter

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will report raising $1.66 million in individual contributions during the first three months of 2012, his campaign confirmed Wednesday. Dewhurst did not loan his campaign any money during the first quarter.

Kent Hance: The TT Interview

The chancellor of the Texas Tech University system on the tier-one race, why the state should invest in higher education and, of course, his thoughts on former head football coach Mike Leach. Hance says that a key role for him in the tier-one race has been raising money and that his political background has served him well in that regard.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking to the press about budget and education matters on May 17, 2011.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking to the press about budget and education matters on May 17, 2011.

Primary Delays Give Dewhurst's Rivals Time to Work

David Dewhurst has everything going for him in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate — except for time. His opponents have a shared goal: Finish second and hope the race goes to a runoff in the dog days of summer, when a smaller turnout could give a Dewhurst opponent a better chance at victory.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

U.S. Senate Race a GOP-Only Battle

While Texans wait for the courts to determine most of the state's political races, the candidates for U.S. Senate have begun a campaign blitz in the run-up to this spring’s primary. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

Craig James, ESPN Analyst, SMU All American, one half of the Pony Express at SMU with Eric Dickerson, announces a Team Texas draft pick
Craig James, ESPN Analyst, SMU All American, one half of the Pony Express at SMU with Eric Dickerson, announces a Team Texas draft pick

Craig James Announces Senate Run

Saying he wants to help get the country "out of the pickle box that we're in," Craig James this afternoon announced his run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.