Republican Former State Sen. Don Huffines Launches Primary Challenge To Gov. Greg Abbott

Huffines, who has criticized Abbott as being too slow to fully reopen the state, served in the Senate from 2015-2019.

Don Huffines speaks during a Texas Public Policy Foundation event on Feb. 8, 2018.

Huffines stayed politically active after leaving the Senate and especially so in the past year, as conservative angst simmered over Abbott’s pandemic management. Even then, Huffines has an interesting family connection to the governor’s circle: His brother is James Huffines, who Abbott tapped last spring to chair the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas.

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