Retiring House Dem endorses Texas lawmaker who fled state over election bill

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Retiring Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, has endorsed Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett, a civil rights attorney and progressive, to take her seat.
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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, on Wednesday endorsed Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett to take her seat just days after announcing her intentions to retire.

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

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