U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, told the Texas Tribune Friday morning he’s considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018 or 2020. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz would be up for re-election in two years. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn would be up for re-election in 2020.
U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said this summer he was considered running against Cruz.
Cruz, once polling as the most popular Texas Republican, damaged his image among Republicans when he snubbed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the party’s convention this summer by refusing to endorse Trump. Cruz has since said he’s voting for Trump and was campaigning this week with Trump’s running mate Mike Pence.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, has said fellow Republicans have urged him to run against Cruz in the 2018 primary and McCaul hasn’t ruled it out.
O’Rourke was first elected to Congress in 2012 and is a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. He represents a majority-Latino district and reportedly speaks fluent Spanish.