Lampson's opponent, Republican state Rep. Randy Weber, has Paul's endorsement in the right-leaning district. Lampson is playing up his experience with bipartisan cooperation.
"It's going to take someone who has proven to make an effort at changing the way Congress functions to pull us together again," Lampson said.
In another Texas district, Republican Steve Stockman is favored to win 18 years after dislodging a longtime Democratic incumbent in the 1994 "Gingrich revolution." Stockman lost to Lampson just two years later, and since then has worked as a political consultant and helped found conservative groups on college campuses.
During his single term, Stockman became known for claiming that the federal government "executed" Branch Davidian cult members in a 1993 siege outside Waco.
After winning his July primary, Stockman promised on Facebook, "I will continue my 100% pro-gun, 100% pro-life, 100% pro-taxpayer agenda from a strong Republican district. Now, back to Washington to defeat Big Government and RESTORE the Constitution."
For those who worked as lobbyists, returning to Congress may be a financial step down. But for others, it's a good paycheck. House members earn $174,000 a year, plus benefits.
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