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Profile: Johnny Teague, Candidate for Congressional District 7

(FORT BEND COUNTY) – When Republican Johnny Teague decided to enter the race for Congressional District 7 in May of last year, he began block walking and knocking on doors. Since then, he has spoken to thousands of residents and says their concerns are changing over time.

Johnny Teague

Teague is running against incumbent Democrat Lizzie Fletcher in the Nov. 8 election.

“I go into neighborhoods and find out what people are struggling with, what their concerns are,” he said. “The issues have changed a little since May of 2021. Now electric bills, crime, food prices are the most pressing.”

Teague is a senior pastor of Church at the Cross, a rancher and the author of four books.

“I am running because my biggest concern going on is we have lost the ability to consent with what government does,” he said. “We have to get back to where the government works for us. We have to have someone go to Washington to serve the people.”

The border is also a pressing issue for Teague, who says lack of screening is allowing human trafficking and Fentanyl to plague the United States.

“I believe firmly in people who want to be here, who want to be Americans, we can get them here,” he said. “But we aren’t screening people.”

Education is one of his biggest concerns, and he says parents should have more control over what their children and being taught, and the basics need to be brought back to the classroom.

“We are teaching the fringe things,” he said. “We can’t leave out mathematics and science and English, and parents must have a say in what their kids are taught. There are too many things now kids are being exposed to against the will of their parents.”

Also on his agenda is fuel. He believes the United States needs to shift the focus back towards oil and gas.

“I think wind and solar are great additions to the grid, but it is not dependable and will never be sufficient to meet our electrical needs,” he said. “California still hasn’t grasped that. They are saying no gas-powered cars and whenever the date is, then saying you can’t charge your vehicles during certain hours. That’s what happens when you divorce yourself from good, clean energy.”

Teague earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Tarleton State University, and began working as an accountant for Shell Pipe Line Corporation. Following that, he worked for Zapata Gulf Marine as a regional accountant for vessels operating in Mexico and the Middle East. He then decided to go back to school at the University of Houston and completed his MBA with an emphasis in marketing. He worked for Service Corporation International, then in Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a healthcare representative.

“We don’t have a lot of money,” he said of his campaign. “We are grass roots and running against an incumbent. We don’t have the money to run a million-dollar campaign, and the best alternative is to just go talk to people.”


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