State Rep. Drew Springer managed to overcome a challenger who drew nationwide attention this year for a seat in the Texas Senate.
Springer, who gathered 32,599 total votes, defeated Shelley Luther for the Texas Senate District 30 seat in a Dec. 19 runoff election, according to preliminary voter data from the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Luther gathered 25,146 votes. Fourteen counties, including a portion of Collin County, make up District 30.
Springer fills the former seat of Pat Fallon, who was elected to serve in Congress’ 4th Congressional District on Election Day, Nov. 3.
“[I am] honored that the citizens of Senate District 30 have entrusted me with this position,” Springer said in a statement shared on social media before nearly half of polling locations finished reporting. “Thank you to everyone who spent time knocking doors, making phone calls, and reaching out to their friends, family, and neighbors to encourage them to vote.”
Springer, a Republican, underscored his focus on advancing conservative priorities, his statement read, including lowered property taxes, border security and blanket support for law enforcement.
Gov. Greg Abbott joined Springer in premature acknowledgement of election results.
"Congratulations to @DrewSpringer on the overwhelming victory tonight for Texas Senate District 30," Abbott tweeted about an hour before all results were posted. "We look forward to working with you to secure our border, support police, protect unborn, cut taxes, safeguard 2nd Amendment rights, fund schools & open up businesses in Texas."
Luther, owner of Salon a la Mode in Dallas, entered the national spotlight early on amid the COVID-19 pandemic by deliberately ignoring Abbott’s shutdown order and remaining open. The North Texas salon owner became a widespread symbol for the defiance of coronavirus-inspired business shutdowns, mounting her campaign upon the stance.
She was arrested May 5, according to Dallas County Sheriff’s Office records, and walked free two days later after the governor relented on some orders.
State Rep. Drew Springer emerges victorious in Texas Senate runoff election
State Rep. Drew Springer will serve at the Texas Capitol after winning the Texas Senate District 30 seat in a Dec. 19 runoff election. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)