Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas. (Campaign photo)
DALLAS (July 23, 2013)—State Rep. Dan Branch-R Dallas, announced Tuesday he’s running to succeed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s running for governor.
Branch announced his candidacy Tuesday at the Southern Methodist University law school where he earned his law degree.
Branch has represented Dallas and Highland Park in the Texas House since 2003.
“After much time spent in thoughtful reflection and prayer, and because I believe Texans need someone to defend our state, to fight for us, and to get results, I am asking for your vote to be the next Attorney General of the great state of Texas,” Branch said.
“I’m running for attorney general to fight against an overreaching federal government, to fight for open and accountable government, and to preserve limited government in Texas.”
Branch joins Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman in the Republican primary race.
No Democrat has entered the race yet.
Gov. Rick Perry's decision not to seek re-election had a domino effect as politicians jockey for higher office.
Branch is an attorney in Dallas who formerly worked for the Texas Supreme Court and President Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign.
He promised to fight federal regulations and decrease the number of frivolous lawsuits in Texas.