AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has tested positive for COVID, according to his office.
In a brief statement sent to Spectrum News 1, his office said “We can confirm that General Paxton has tested positive for COVID-19. He remains working diligently for the people of Texas from home.”
The statement did not specify if he has any symptoms or potential exposures.
It’s unclear if Paxton is vaccinated against COVID-19, but he has fought the federal government on several vaccine mandates. According to the Texas Tribune, Paxton has challenged attempts to mandate vaccines for health care employees at facilities that receive funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and troops serving in the Texas National Guard.
Paxton is the latest state official to be diagnosed with COVID. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
Paxton, a republican, was elected Texas Attorney General in 2015. He is seeking reelection in 2022, has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump but faces Republican primary challenges from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and former Texas Supreme Court justice Eva Guzman.