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Former Collin County Judge Keith Self headed to Congress

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Republican incumbent congressmen Fallon, Gooden defeat Democratic opponents.

The Northeast Texas congressional delegation will look a little different in 2023. During the last round of redistricting, most of Hunt County – including Commerce and Greenville – was moved into the 3rd Texas Congressional District. That district, composed mostly of Collin County voters, is represented in the U.S. House by Plano Republican Van Taylor. Taylor had been seeking re-election, and almost won the regular GOP primary this spring, when he won 49% of votes against his Republican challengers. Taylor was headed to a runoff against second-place finisher Keith Self, a former Collin County judge. However, following the revelation of an extra-marital affair shortly after the primary, Taylor decided not to run for re-election. Taylor’s withdrawal defaulted the nomination to Self, who defeated his Democratic opponent Sandeep Srivastava in this week’s general election. And so, Keith Self will represent most of Hunt County, along with parts of Collin County, in Congress next year.

Most of the KETR listening area remains in the Texas 4th Congressional District, represented in the past by Republicans John Ratcliffe and Ralph Hall. Currently, the Texas 4th is represented by Republican Fallon. In the general election, Fallon defeated Democratic challenger Iro Omere, and will once again represent most of Northeast Texas in Congress. Elsewhere around the region, incumbent Republican Lance Gooden will also be returning to Washington. Gooden defeated Democrat Tartisha Hill on Tuesday. Gooden’s 5th Texas Congressional District includes Kaufman and Van Zandt counties.