WACO (AP) - Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards was ousted Tuesday night after 20 years in Congress.
Republican Bill Flores, an oil and gas executive who had never run for public office, defeated the longtime congressman by capitalizing on anti-government sentiment sweeping the nation. Many voters had grown impatient with what they say is a slow-moving economic recovery.
"I am honored and humbled by the trust that the voters have placed in me," said Flores. "We won this campaign because of the outstanding campaign team and army of volunteers that we built across all 12 counties."
Edwards says he will support Flores and asked all the people in the district to support him as well.
"I want to congratulate Bill Flores for being elected to represent us in the U.S. Congress," said Edwards."In the months ahead, Congressman-elect Flores will have my full cooperation and support as he transitions into his position as District 17's Representative and my family's Representative."
Edwards had distanced himself from President Barack Obama's policies and said he had an independent voting record.
Edwards was no stranger to tough races, as the central Texas district was one of the most conservative in the nation represented by a Democrat.
His closest race was in 2004, when he was the only Texas Democrat in a competitive race to keep his seat after the GOP-led redrawing of the state's congressional districts.