David Covey Endorsed by Texas Values Action, Over Phelan

May 13, 2024

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2024

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David Covey Endorsed by Texas Values Action, Over Phelan

Austin – Texas Values Action is proud to endorse David Covey for Texas House District 21 in the Republican Primary run-off election for this May, which starts next week on Monday, May 20th, with the main election day on Tuesday, May 28th.

“Faith, family and freedom supporters have made it clear that current House District 21 Representative and Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan, lacks the strong and clear leadership that is needed in East Texas and in the Texas House. David Covey has shown, by his public statements and his past work in Texas, that he will not delay, but instead champion and lead on issues like religious freedom, parental rights, pro-life and protect our children from harmful gender transition surgeries, procedures and other methods that cause irreversible damage to a child’s body. David Covey is the right leader, at the right time, for House District 21,” said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values Action.

David Covey is a former staff member for Texas Senator Bob Hall, currently works in the private sector in the oil and gas industry, and he was born and raised in East Texas and recently served as the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party. David Covey received the most votes and highest percentage of support (46.28 % – Covey; 43.26% -Phelan) in the March primary election earlier this year.  David Covey has notable endorsements such as President Donald Trump, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and many more. David Covey has also received support from the third place finisher from the March primary, Alicia Davis, who received 10.46% of the vote.

Rep. Dade Phelan as Texas Speaker of the House and Texas House of Representatives member has been criticized for the slow pace of the Texas House and his lack of public support for issues that grassroots Republicans have been working on for years.

Texas Values Action reached out to a member of Speaker Phelan’s team to offer the opportunity to be considered for an endorsement but no one from his team responded after the offer was made in a brief  phone conversation with a Phelan team member.

Texas Values Action only endorses candidates who demonstrate a firm commitment to protecting religious liberty, marriage and family, and innocent human life. View all of our endorsements here.

For all of the races where we haven’t made an endorsement, visit our website for a comprehensive Texas statewide voter’s guide with ratings for candidates, in partnership with iVoter Guide.  

Important Dates for Runoff Elections:

  • Early voting: Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24
  • Main election day: Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

To set up an interview with Texas Values Action staff about this endorsement, please contact Ashley at or call/text 737-314-2450. 


About Texas Values Action

Texas Values Action is the advocacy and legislative action arm of Texas Values. Texas Values is the largest statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to standing for faith, family, and freedom in Texas. More information is available at

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