Bryan Hughes (politician)

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Bryan Hughes
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Preceded byKevin Eltife
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 5th district
In office
January 14, 2003 – January 10, 2017
Preceded byBob D. Glaze
Succeeded byCole Hefner
Personal details
Born (1969-07-21) July 21, 1969 (age 51)
Quitman, Texas, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMineola, Wood County, Texas
Alma materTyler Junior College
University of Texas at Tyler
Baylor Law School
OccupationAttorney

Bryan Hughes (born July 21, 1969)[1] is an American attorney and politician who is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate for District 1. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 2016. Previously, Hughes was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2003 through January 2017.

In 2002, Hughes was elected as state representative for District 5, which includes Camp, Harrison, Upshur, and Wood counties in the northeastern section of Texas.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Hughes was born in Quitman, and raised in nearby Mineola. He graduated in 1987 from Mineola High School and thereafter enrolled at Tyler Junior College. In 1992, he earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Texas at Tyler.[4] In 1995, Hughes received his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School. He clerked for the U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas William M. Steger of Texas.[4] In 2003, he joined the Lanier law firm in Mineola.[5]

Texas legislature[edit]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Hughes was elected to the legislature in 2002, when defeated incumbent Democratic Representative Bob D. Glaze of Gilmer in Upshur County. Hughes polled 20,286 votes (52.4 percent) to Glaze's 18,451 (47.6 percent).[6] In the 2004 general election, Glaze sought a rematch with Hughes but lost, 23,029 votes (38 percent) to the Republican's 37,529 (62 percent).[7] In 2006, no Democrat filed against Hughes, as he defeated the Libertarian Timothy J. Carmichael, 26,286 (81.9 percent) to 5,795 (18.1 percent).[8] Hughes was unopposed in the 2010 general election, when Republicans carried 101 of the 150 seats in the state House.[9]

In 2011, Hughes was on the House Agriculture and Livestock and the Human Services committees though his committee assignments have varied during his House tenure.[3]

Hughes initially pledged to support a second term for Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. However, after the 2010 elections, Hughes withdrew his support for Straus on the grounds that Straus had punished intraparty conservative opponents with redistricting. Straus nevertheless retained the speakership and won an easy re-nomination in 2016.[10]

Hughes was renominated in the Republican primary held on May 29, 2012. He polled 13,015 votes (77.7 percent) to 3,744 (22.4 percent) for his opponent, Mary Lookadoo.[11] No Democrat opposed him the November 6 general election.

After his 2012 renomination, Hughes announced that he would attempt to unseat Speaker Straus in 2013. However, in December after six months of attempting to line up needed commitments from colleagues, Hughes exited the contest. His conservative colleague and state Senate opponent in 2016, Representative David Simpson of Longview, then entered the contest for Speaker, with Hughes's full support.[12] However, Simpson withdrew before the balloting for Speaker began, and Straus was reelected without opposition on January 8, 2013.[13]

Texas Senate[edit]

When the moderate Republican and former Tyler Mayor Kevin Eltife announced his retirement from the state Senate after thirteen years service, Hughes and Simpson entered the Republican primary to succeed Eltife. Eliminated in the March 1 primary was the two-star United States Army General James K. "Red" Brown of Lindale, who polled 28,285 votes (21.25 percent). Brown trailed David Simpson, the second-placed candidate, by 13 votes. Simpson received 28,288 votes (21.26 percent) in the primary. In fourth place was Mike Lee with 12,630 (9.5 percent). Hughes handily led the primary with 63,844 votes (48 percent) but short of a majority in a multi-candidate field.[14]

Hughes carried the backing of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the presiding officer of the state Senate.[15]

In the runoff election on May 24, 2016, Hughes defeated fellow State Representative David Simpson, 27,348 (69.3 percent) to 12,105 (30.7 percent).[16] He faced no Democratic opponent in the November 8 general election.

Two other Republicans, Cole Hefner and Jay Misenheimer, competed in the primary runoff for the District 5 seat that Hughes vacated. Hefner led the primary with 12,759 votes (46 percent); Misenheimer finished second in a five-candidate primary field with 7,524 votes (27.1 percent).[14] Hefner then won the runoff, 6,989 (60.4 percent) to Misenheimer's 4,582 (39.6 percent). Like Hughes, Hefner faced no Democrat in the general election.

In 2021, Hughes introduced legislation to restrict voting rights in Texas.[17] This was part of a broader national effort by Republicans to restrict voting rights in the wake of the 2020 elections.[17] Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election while Donald Trump refused to concede while he and his Republican allies made false claims of extensive fraud.[17] There is no evidence of widespread fraud in Texas elections, contrary to Republican rhetoric on the issue.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Bryan Hughes". votesmart.org. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Bryan Hughes". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Rep. Hughes, Bryan". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Bryan Hughes biography". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "D. Bryan Hughes". mesotheliomalawfirm.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 5, 2002". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 2, 2004". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 7, 2006". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 2, 2010". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Elise Hu, "Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Straus," November 10, 2010". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Tim Eaton, "Simpson announces run for speaker of Texas House", December 10, 2012". Austin American Statesman. Retrieved December 30, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Legislature opens; Straus re-elected", Laredo Morning Times, January 9, 2013, p. 10A
  14. ^ a b "Republican primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Ross Ramsey (August 25, 2015). "Lt. Gov. Patrick Endorses Hughes in Open Senate Seat". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 30, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. May 24, 2016. Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ a b c d Ura, Alexa (2021-04-01). "Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2021-04-01.

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob D. Glaze
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 5th district

2003–2017
Succeeded by
Cole Hefner
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Kevin Eltife
Member of the Texas State Senate
from the 1st district

2017–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent