Former Houston Congressman Chris Bell has taken a key step toward running for the U.S. Senate in 2020.
This week, Bell filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to begin raising money to challenge Republican Senator John Cornyn in 2020. Bell, a Democrat, also told the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek that he is “definitely planning to run,” but will plan a formal announcement in the future.
Bell previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2003 and 2005, and also served on the Houston City Council. Bell also unsuccessfully ran for the Texas’ Governorship in 2006, losing to Republican Rick Perry.
Bell joins MJ Hegar, Adrian Ocegueda, and Michael Cooper in the race for the U.S. Senate seat. Independent Dwayne Stovall is also running.