WASHINGTON - Pierce Bush, a grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush, announced Monday that he is running for Congress to represent Texas' 22nd Congressional district.
Bush is striving to succeed GOP Rep. Pete Olson, who announced over the summer that he would not seek reelection. The district encompasses a large part of the Houston metropolitan area.
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In a campaign video, Bush declares, "We are facing a very challenging time in our nation and on the brink of losing a generation to an idea that socialism and free stuff are the answers for their future. But we all know that socialism has failed everywhere and everyone."
Today, I'm proud to announce my candidacy for Texas's 22nd district. I look forward to working with you, earning your support, your faith and your vote. Visit https://t.co/yRG4DMctCm for more information. pic.twitter.com/fzRJ2xp54w
- Pierce Bush (@PierceBush) December 9, 2019
"It's time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring we all have the freedom to achieve success in life," he continued.
Bush previously pondered running to represent the 7th Congressional District, a seat held by his grandfather in the late 1960s, according to previous USA TODAY reporting. The seat was flipped by Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who defeated incumbent John Culberson during the 2018 midterms. Fletcher is the first Democrat to hold the seat since 1964.
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Bush is currently the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, a youth mentorship organization, and said in the video, "For the past seven and a half years, it has been my honor to work with dedicated volunteers who have invested their lives in the lives of thousands of kids in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Harris Counties."
The filing deadline to run for the seat was Monday.
Bush enters a crowded field, where more than a dozen Republicans and three Democrats have filed to run for the Texas seat.
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The Cook Political Report notes that the district is now a "Republican toss-up" ahead of the 2020 election, downgrading from a "Lean Republican" after Olson's retirement announcement. He won by fewer than 5 points.
The only member of the Bush family currently serving as a public official is George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner. George P. Bush, who is another grandson of President George H.W. Bush, has been dubbed by President Donald Trump as "the only Bush who likes me" after he broke with his family and supported Trump in 2016.
Pierce Bush did not mention the current president in his announcement video.
Contributing: Rebecca Morin
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: George H.W. Bush grandson Pierce Bush running for Congress in Texas