Nov 28, 2022 - News

Herschel Walker claims Texas home as primary residence

Herschel Walker in front of a sign that says his first name

Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Herschel Walker, the Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, has continued to claim his Tarrant County home as his primary residence — potentially breaking both Texas tax laws and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Walker will face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff election in December after neither candidate earned more than 50% of the vote in this month's midterm.

  • The runoff results will determine how tightly Democrats control the Senate.

What happened: Though he registered to vote in Georgia last year, Tarrant County property and tax records show that Walker claimed a homestead exemption on his four-bedroom home in Westlake in 2021 and 2022.

Context: Several Texas politicians have run into homestead exemption issues in the last few decades.

  • Earlier this year, the Texas Tribune reported that U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a McAllen Democrat, claimed homestead exemptions on two homes for at least eight years — saving him at least $2,300 in property taxes on the second home. A Gonzalez spokesperson told the Tribune the congressman would pay back taxes on the second property.
  • In 2009, then-Gov. Rick Perry agreed to pay back $183 in property taxes on a home where his daughter lived while attending Texas A&M University after he had claimed an exemption.
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had to repay $595 in taxes in 2005 after he received exemptions on two properties in the Houston area. Patrick was a talk show host at the time.

The intrigue: Walker, a former running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys, has been endorsed by former President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Yes, but: Despite the controversy, he was still within 1 percentage point of his opponent in this month's election.


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