Senator Creighton Rules out Congressional Run

The field to replace retiring Congressman Kevin Brady in the 8th Texas Congressional District continues to grow as more candidates announce or drop hints. However, State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) will not be one of them.

Considered to be a potential candidate by some due to his name recognition and broad popularity in Montgomery County, Creighton’s focus has always been more on state issues rather than federal politics. Now the senator has put all speculation to rest with a recent Tweet stating emphatically that he has no interest in running for Congress:

“Not interested in going to the DC SWAMP. [The Texas Senate] is the last stand for [Texas] & the US. Too important to leave. Thank you to all who reached out in support. Looking forward to the CD 8 field shaping up soon.”

There has also been some speculation that Creighton could run for the Land Commissioner position being vacated by George P. Bush. However, Creighton has said that he is focused on the upcoming special session(s) and his job as a senator.

The CD-08 race gained its first serious entrant last week when retired Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell, brother of Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and a war hero in his own right, announced his campaign for the position. State Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) has hinted at running, and former Brady campaign manager Christian Collins has said he is “strongly considering” a bid for the seat. County Judge Mark Keough has said he will not be running for Congress and is focused on running for re-election to his current position.

While the 2022 CD-08 primary is sure to be a difficult and contentious one, candidates are sure to at least breath a sigh of relief that they will not have to run against one of Montgomery County’s most talented and well-connected politicians.

Published by Reagan Reed

Reagan is a journalist and educator from East Texas. He has been involved in numerous campaigns, worked at the Texas Legislature, and covered Texas politics for years as a journalist.

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