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Rape. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, on Wednesday, Democratic State Rep. Jasmine Crockett to take her seat just days after announcing her intention to retire.

Crockett, a first-term state representative, made headlines in July as part of a group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C. in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republican election integrity bill, which eventually passed. Done and it was signed. law in September

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“Some people may wonder whether I’m ready or not. I’m here to tell you I’m ready,” Crockett said during a news conference in Dallas on Wednesday.

Representative Johnson, who has served nearly 30 years in Congress, announced on Saturday that she would retire at the end of her term next year. His campaign issued a statement after Crockett’s announcement, saying that Crockett was “the only person we need in Congress at this critical time.”

“A vibrant congressional district like TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with high energy, the passion to fight for us, shrewd wit, leadership, and a relentless campaign,” Johnson’s campaign told the Texas Tribune. informed of,

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Crockett, a civil rights lawyer and progressive, is entering a crowded race in a district considered safe for Democrats.

Texas State Reps.  Jasmine Crockett (D-District 100) speaks with the Rev. William Barber, Poor People's Campaign co-chair, and fellow delegates, as they prepare to submit a petition to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.  The filibuster, passage of the For the People Act and the Restoring Voting Rights Act, at the US Supreme Court on August 12, 2021 in Washington, DC

In response to Johnson’s endorsement, she said, “I feel very proud to think that she will think I am worthy.” “She’s seen me work. I really think she knows I have what she needs.”

Crockett said voting and abortion rights would be among her top 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 itself,” she told The Dallas Morning News. informed of, “We need to get back on track.”