Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) has entered the Senate race, ending months of speculation that he would join the crowded GOP field for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R) seat.
Dewhurst campaign manager Jim Bognet told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the campaign paperwork was filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The lieutenant governor joins a crowded Republican field. Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones are running, and state Sen. Dan Patrick is considering a bid.
However, Dewhurst is by far the best-known GOP candidate in the field. Local Republicans say because of this and the large personal wealth he can put toward the campaign, he’s the instant frontrunner in the race for Hutchison’s seat.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.