Report: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Mulling Houston Mayoral Run

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is mulling a run for mayor of Houston, Texas, according to reports.

Semafor first reported Jackson Lee’s potential mayoral run after speaking to three sources familiar with the congresswoman’s plans. The publication’s Kadia Goba noted that Jackson Lee declined to comment on the matter when reached by phone.

However, Goba wrote that the congresswoman’s former district staffer, Trey Daniels, said Jackson Lee was asked to “seriously consider” running for the position by prominent elected officials, constituents, and faith and community leaders.

“Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has never faltered on her commitment to the 18th Congressional district nor to Houstonians,” Daniels told Semafor.

The Houston mayoral race will be held later this year and is already turning out to be a crowded race. If Jackson Lee were to run, she would likely have the most name recognition after having a long career in politics. Jackson Lee is currently serving in her eleventh term in the House.

Jackson Lee currently represents Texas’s Eighteenth Congressional District, which includes a lot of inner-city Houston and the surrounding area. The eighteenth district has been Downtown Houston’s district since the early 1970s.

Semafor noted that prominent House Democrats in recent years have been making a run for mayor as a “possible career capper,” acknowledging that former Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) successfully ran for Los Angeles mayor last year, while  Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL) ran for Chicago mayor this year, but was unsuccessful for the second time.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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