Victor Leal, candidate for Texas Senator, has earned the support of a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Leal, an Amarillo restaurant owner, announced this week that he has been endorsed by Larry Combest. Combest is a former U.S. Congressman for District 19 and the former chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.
In a letter addressed to Leal, Combest says that Leal has "a servant's heart" and that he is proud to call Leal his friend. The endorsement by Combest is one of the first endorsements made in the District 31 election by a former federal politician.
Combest served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 until 2003. In addition to his role as chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Combest also chaired the House Intelligence Committee under U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Leal is running for Texas Senator in the March 6th Republican primary against incumbent Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and former Midland mayor Mike Canon. The winner of the party's nomination will face Libertarian Jack Westbrook in November.