For the last 32 years, Barton has served in his role as a representative of the 6th Congressional District of Texas. The 67-year-old Ennis resident has seen more than his fair share of challengers but has rallied his constituents each time.
The incumbent will have to thwart another challenger when he terms ends Jan. 3, 2019, as John W. Duncan will formally announce his candidacy for the seat in the United States House of Representative. The 6th Congressional District encompasses All of Ellis and Navarro Counties, as well as the southeastern portions of Tarrant County.
“I’m excited to begin the campaign and meet the voters of the 6th Congressional District,” Duncan stated. “I am committed to representing the people of Texas with a vision of progress. I will utilize my constituents’ experiences, hopes, and concerns to be a compassionate leader who seeks change and expects results.”
Barton was re-elected in the 2016 General Election by defeating democratic nominee Ruby Fay Woolridge and green party nominee Darrel Smith. According to Ballotpedia, Barton collected 159,444 votes to the 106,667 of Woolridge and 7,185 tallied for Smith.
"It continues to be a tremendous honor to serve the people of the 6th District. I take this responsibility seriously, and seek to use my vote on the House Floor as the representation of the conservative values found in our community,” stated Barton via a March 31 email. “I welcome candidates of both parties to run for this seat, with competition democracy thrives. I do intend to seek reelection."
According to his press release, Duncan, who will officially kickoff his campaign Tuesday, April 11 at J Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, has worked in the healthcare field for more than a decade. He also stated he is committed to “protecting health care and making it more affordable, improving our public schools, and enacting comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to legal status.”
The Tuesday event is scheduled for 6:30—8:30 p.m., is free to the public and is at the J Gilligan’s Bar and Grill located at 400 East Abram Street in Arlington.
On his official House of Representative website, Barton lists his key issues as those dealing with budget and government spending, national security, healthcare, economy and jobs, energy and environment, and transportation. Barton was recently named to the Committee on Energy and Commerce for the 115th Congress. He has served on the committee since 1987.