FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) - Carl Douglas Haggard, a former assistant district attorney and former chief prosecutor for Harris County and the founder of the Haggard Law Firm, has announced his candidacy for the Republican Primary for Texas Congressional District 22. Current Representative Pete Olson announced in July that he would not be seeking reelection in 2020 after serving six two-year terms in office.
“Haggard is a fiscal conservative, a strong supporter of our Civil Liberties and of our Bill of Rights under the Texas and the U.S. Constitutions,” read a press release from his campaign.
“My background and experience make me the best match for Texas Congressional District 22,” Haggard said.
District 22 includes the majority of Fort Bend County, including Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Needville and Richmond as well as a portion of the Greater Katy area. It also contains portions of northern Brazoria County, including Pearland and Alvin. The district also comprises a portion of southeast Harris County centered on Friendswood.
Haggard received his B.A. in history from the University of Houston where he was active on the debate squad then graduated with Honors from South Texas College of Law.
Haggard was a prosecutor from approximately 1975 until 1983 when he left to work in different sectors of Houston’s economy, including a personal injury law firm and in the litigation departments of several energy companies.
In 1991, Haggard established the Haggard Law Firm, focusing on civil law, criminal defense, mediation and arbitration.
During his career, Haggard has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School, the University of Houston Downtown and Abilene Christian College Metrocenter (Houston).
He and his wife Nancy have six children.