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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, on Wednesday endorsed Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett to take her seat simply days after asserting her intentions to retire.

Crockett, a first-term state consultant, made headlines in July as a part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., in an try to dam a vote on the state Republicans‘ elections integrity bill, which finally handed and was signed into regulation in September.

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Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-100) (2nd L) speaks as Co-founder and Executive Director of Black Voters Matter Cliff Albright (L) looks on during a demonstration on voting rights outside National Museum of African American History and Culture August 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-100) (2nd L) speaks as Co-founder and Executive Director of Black Voters Matter Cliff Albright (L) seems on throughout an illustration on voting rights outdoors National Museum of African American History and Culture August 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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“Some may wonder whether or not I’m ready. I’m here to tell you I’m ready,” Crockett stated in asserting her candidacy throughout a news convention in Dallas on Wednesday,

Rep. Johnson, who has served almost 30 years in Congress, introduced Saturday that she’ll retire on the finish of her time period subsequent 12 months. Her marketing campaign issued an announcement after Crockett’s announcement saying Crockett “is just the person we need in Congress at this critical time.”

“A vibrant congressional district like TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with high energy, a passion to fight for us, shrewd intelligence, leadership, and an incessant drive,” Johnson’s marketing campaign stated, The Texas Tribune reported

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Crockett, a civil rights legal professional and progressive, is getting into what is anticipated to be a crowded race in a district thought-about secure for Democrats.

Texas state Reps. Jasmine Crockett (D-District 100) speaks alongside Rev. William Barber, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and fellow representatives, as they prepare to deliver a petition to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer calling for an end to the filibuster, the passage of the For The People Act and restoring the Voting Rights Act, at the U.S. Supreme Court on August 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 

Texas state Reps. Jasmine Crockett (D-District 100) speaks alongside Rev. William Barber, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and fellow representatives, as they put together to ship a petition to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer calling for an finish to the filibuster, the passage of the For The People Act and restoring the Voting Rights Act, on the U.S. Supreme Court on August 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 
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“I feel so proud to think that she would think that I’m worthy,” she stated in response to Johnson’s endorsement. “She has seen me work. I truly feel she knows that I have what it takes.”

Crockett stated voting and abortion rights will probably be amongst her high priorities if elected.

“The fact that I’m going back 50 years when it comes to voting rights and reproductive rights is a problem in and of itself,” she stated, The Dallas Morning News reported. “We need to get back on track.”