U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a first-term Republican from Hays County known for his outspoken views and hardball tactics, filed for reelection Monday at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters in Austin.
Hours later, he launched his reelection campaign at Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden in San Antonio, warning that conservative values are under attack and pledging to campaign on the same set of priorities as he did when he ran his first campaign for the seat.
Campaign officials said 200 people signed in at the event.
“This is our Alamo,” he told the San Antonio crowd. “This is our moment for conservatism to shine and reign supreme. I do not buy this idea that Texas is flipping blue.”
Roy said his campaign will focus on his priorities of lowering health care costs, strengthening border security and boosting support for service members.
Roy likely will face Wendy Davis next November. Davis, a former Democratic state senator from Fort Worth who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014, launched a bid for Roy’s seat four months ago.
In San Antonio on Monday, Roy made it clear that he expects the race to be a tough battle. He compared the likely matchup against Davis to the 2018 Senate race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.
“It is an honor to take on this fight against Wendy Davis,” he told supporters. “There is nobody that I would enjoy beating more than Wendy Davis.”