Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his office.
Paxton had tested positive, according to the attorney general’s communications team, who told The Texas Tribune in an unsigned statement.
“From home, he continues to work relentlessly for the people of Texas,” the statement stated.
Paxton was not promptly vaccinated, according to the attorney general’s office. It didn’t say when Paxton tested positive for the virus or how he got it. Paxton is married to Angela Paxton, a state senator from McKinney. Her status was not disclosed by the attorney general’s office.
Paxton, a second-term Republican, has fought President Joe Biden’s attempt to mandate vaccines for health-care workers at facilities that receive financing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as Texas National Guard personnel. He has also battled efforts by the Biden administration to demand vaccinations for employees and volunteers at Head Start programs, as well as the wearing of a mask by all parents, staff, volunteers, and children over the age of two in schools.
As the omicron variation spreads across Texas, Paxton is the latest state official to be diagnosed with COVID-19. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tested positive for COVID-19. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, tested positive in August.
U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, D-Houston, also declared on Twitter on Wednesday that she had discovered a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
She said, “I’ve been testing on a monthly basis and am fully vaccinated and boosted.” “I’m thankful for the minimal symptoms, and I’m quarantining and following CDC recommendations.”