Dallas Congressman Colin Allred to Challenge Ted Cruz in U.S. Senate Race

Dallas Congressman Colin Allred, a former NFL linebacker, emerges victorious in the Democratic primary and sets his sights on Senator Ted Cruz in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.


Dallas Congressman Colin Allred
, a former NFL linebacker turned civil rights attorney, has secured victory in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate race, capturing approximately 60 percent of the vote.

Now, Allred prepares to face incumbent Senator Ted Cruz in the upcoming general election, marking what could be his biggest challenge yet.

Born and raised in Dallas by a single mother, the 40-year-old Allred attended Hillcrest High School before earning a full-ride scholarship to Baylor University in Waco. During his time at Baylor, Allred excelled as a linebacker for the Bears football team and garnered recognition as an All-Big 12 candidate in 2005.

Following his college football career, Allred signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2006, where he played for four seasons before transitioning to a career in law. He obtained his J.D. from UC Berkeley and later served in the General Counsel’s office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Julian Castro during the Obama administration.

In 2017, Allred announced his candidacy for Congress and ultimately won the Democratic primary runoff. He went on to defeat incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018, flipping the historically red 32nd district.

Reflecting on his past electoral success, Allred emphasizes his commitment to bringing people together and expanding democratic participation. He believes his experience in flipping a Republican-held district will be advantageous in his Senate bid against Cruz.

Allred’s platform focuses on issues such as voting rights, representation, and inclusivity, aiming to offer an alternative to what he perceives as the divisive politics represented by Cruz.

As the general election approaches, Allred remains determined to continue his advocacy for the people of Texas and build upon his record of public service.

 

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