Tribpedia: Craig James

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 ...

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 Senate Race

During Tom Leppert's tenure as Dallas mayor, the city's crime rate dropped and major projects advanced. But critics say Leppert, now a U.S. Senate hopeful, had always looked at the job as a political stepping stone.

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 Just Safer Not to Be a Superstar

High expectations can raise the risks for a candidate, especially in a rookie campaign against a wealthy incumbent. Falling short when the predictions are rosy can affect future runs for office.

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.

Former ESPN commentator and football player Craig James pauses during the U.S. Senate candidates debate sponsored by TPPF in Austin on January 12, 2012.
Former ESPN commentator and football player Craig James pauses during the U.S. Senate candidates debate sponsored by TPPF in Austin on January 12, 2012.

On the Records: Craig James Releases Tax Returns

Craig James, the former sports commentator who is running to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, has released his tax returns from the last five years. Expect his opponents to follow suit.