Following George P. Bush’s announcement of his run for the office of attorney general against incumbent Ken Paxton, Republican state Sen. Dawn Buckingham released her decision to run for the office of Texas Land Commissioner in 2022.
“I will be running for Land Commissioner with a strong conservative record defending the right to life, our Second Amendment, our invaluable oil and gas industry, and the low tax economy that has made Texas great,” Buckingham said in a statement.
Buckingham is an eye surgeon and former member of the Lake Travis school board. She joined the Senate in 2017 after a fraught race against five other candidates in the GOP primary. She has promised to run on a staunchly conservative platform and has emphasized her record of abortion opposition, defense of gun rights, low taxation and protections for the oil and gas industry. Buckingham said she has more than $2 million in campaign cash on hand and will announce endorsements from conservative leaders in the coming days.
“Conservatives know just how important the Texas General Land Office is. The GLO is responsible for important functions that serve our Texas veterans, schoolchildren and preserving our unique Texas history,” she said in Monday’s announcement. “It’s my goal as your next Texas Land Commissioner to safeguard the heroes who served in our military, protect our exceptional natural resources, and protect our unique Texas heritage, especially the Alamo.”
Republican Weston Martinez has also announced his decision to run for land commission and has received an early endorsement from Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.