Former BU player defeats Waco native in Texas congressional race

Democrat Colin Allred (left) defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions Tuesday. (Campaign photo/official photo)
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Former Baylor football player Colin Allred defeated U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, Tuesday in what had been a reliably conservative congressional district.

Sessions is a Waco native, whose father William served as U.S. attorney, a federal judge and, from 1987 to 1993, as director of the FBI.

Sessions was first elected to Congress in 1996 in the 5th Congressional District.

In 2002, he began representing the state's 32nd Congressional District.

Allred graduated from Baylor in 2005 and played five seasons for the Tennessee Titans.

After leaving the NFL he earned a law degree, serving as a special assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration.

He works as a voting rights litigator whose clients included political candidates and advocacy organizations.