Retiring House Dem endorses Texas lawmaker who fled state over election bill

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, on Wednesday endorsed Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett to take her seat just days after announcing her intentions to retire.

Crockett, a first-term state representative, made headlines in July as part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republicans‘ elections integrity bill, which eventually passed and was signed into law in September.

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Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-100) (2nd L) speaks as Co-founder and Executive Director of Black Voters Matter Cliff Albright (L) looks on during a demonstration on voting rights outside National Museum of African American History and Culture August 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“Some may wonder whether or not I’m ready. I’m here to tell you I’m ready,” Crockett said in announcing her candidacy during a news conference in Dallas on Wednesday,

Rep. Johnson, who has served nearly 30 years in Congress, announced Saturday that she’ll retire at the end of her term next year. Her campaign issued a statement after Crockett’s announcement saying Crockett “is just the person we

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