Even after he has left office, the endorsement of president Donald Trump is arguably the gold standard when it comes to the Republican Primary. On Wednesday, State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) picked up the coveted prize in her bid to become Texas’ next land commissioner.
“A Senator and Doctor, Dawn Buckingham was one of my very first supporters in the Great State of Texas. She has served in the Senate for eight years, is highly respected, and is someone who can always be counted on to do the right thing for her State. She is running for the position of Land Commissioner in order to protect the great legacy of Texas including defending the Alamo which, like all other amazing institutions, is under siege. She is strong on Borders, our Second Amendment, Law Enforcement, loves our Military and our Vets. Dawn has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
Buckingham was already the leading candidate in the race to replace current Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who is running for attorney general. The Hill Country state senator has the support of several statewide officials and has strong fundraising numbers. The Trump endorsement cements her status as front-runner.
One of those statewide officials already supporting Buckingham is Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a close Trump ally who could have had a hand in getting the former president to endorse Buckingham.
Buckingham is a surgeon from the Austin area. She was elected to represent District 24 in the Texas State Senate in 2016. If elected, she would be the first female land commissioner.