Addressing supporters in San Antonio, Fischer said he could not think of a more compelling reason to run than the election of President Donald Trump – and the forthcoming retirement of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate Republican from San Antonio.
“We can hide and get out of the way, or we can stand and fight,” Fischer said. “I’m not very good at hiding, and I’m not very good at retiring.”
Fischer represented House District 116 from 2001 until he gave it up to run for Texas Senate in 2016. His unsuccessful bid to unseat State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) that year followed his 2015 loss to Menéndez in a special election for the seat in Senate District 26.
Fischer’s interest in returning to the House had been rumored for months. As the speculation had mounted, Arévalo showed no signs of backing down, filing for re-election several days ago and holding a campaign kickoff Tuesday.