AUSTIN — Angela Paxton, the wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is considering a run for the state Senate.
"She believes someone from the actual district, who has roots in the community, who’s been serving in the community, should represent them in the Senate," said Jordan Berry, a consultant and friend of the Paxton family.
News of Angela Paxton’s consideration of the race comes days after Plano Republican Rep. Matt Shaheen announced he would not run for the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Van Taylor. The outgoing senator is running for U.S. Congress to replace Rep. Sam Johnson, who is retiring at the end of his current term.
"She would be great," said Shaheen of Angela Paxton. "She lives in the district and would be the perfect voice to replace Van Taylor."
Phillip Huffines, the chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, has been running since March for the seat. He’s raised over $550,000 for his campaign.
The Republican primary will be March 6.
Critics of Huffines tried to cast him as an opportunist, since he moved into the the Senate district earlier this year from Highland Park.
Berry emphasized Angela Paxton’s long tenure in the district, and said she has lived there at least 20 years. He said multiple grassroots leaders in the community had been seeking a candidate who is from the district.
Asked about factors she is considering in making a final determination, Berry said Angela Paxton was mulling how the campaign would work and other personal matters. Asked whether her husband’s ongoing legal troubles were part of the consideration, Berry said, "I’m not here to discuss that at all."
Ken Paxton was indicted in July 2015 and faces two first-degree felony fraud charges for allegedly duping investors in a tech company and one third-degree charge of breaking state securities laws for not registering as an investment adviser representative. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison.
A federal judge in March threw out federal civil fraud charges against Paxton – charges that were similar to the state charges.
Paxton’s trials will he held in Harris County, with the first scheduled to kick off in mid-December.