|Bradley Leo "Brad" Buckley|
Texas State Representative for
(Bell and Lampasas counties)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Scott Cosper|
|Born|| September 14, 1966|
Place of birth missing
Resident of Killeen, Texas
|Alma mater|| Central Texas College in Killeen|
Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine
Bradley Leo Buckley, known as Brad Buckley (born September 14, 1966), is the incoming Republican state representative for District 54 in Killeen, Texas, where he is a veterinarian and a former school board member.
Buckley won his party nomination in 2018 in a runoff election against the one-term incumbent Scott Cosper. In the second round of voting, Cosper finished with 3,185 votes (41.7 percent) to Buckley's 4,445 (58.3 percent). Buckley attributed his nomination to his personal style, door-to-door campaigning, and the strength of his platform. There was little difference in political views between the two candidates.
Between January 26 and May 20, 2018, Cosper received $191,400 in contributions from two political action committees associated with the retiring Moderate Republican House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio: the Texas House Leadership Fund and Associated Republicans of Texas. Buckley reported $54,115 in contributions between February 25 and May 20, 2018, the largest having been payment in three installments of $25,000 from the National Cutting Horse Association Texas Events PAC. Cosper spent $77.49 for each vote received; Buckley, $12.17.
After the runoff, Cosper quickly endorsed Buckley, who called Cosper "very magnanimous to get behind me and support me.” With Cosper eliminated, Buckley defeated in the November 6 general election the "progressive" Democrat Kathy Richerson, 25,924 votes (53.8 percent) to 22,222 (46.2 percent). Richerson is a retired real estate agent who raises goats in rural Bell County. Coincidentally, Buckley is her veterinarian. The representative before Cosper, Jimmie Don Aycock, was another veterinarian.
- Republican Primary Runoff Election Returns for State House District 54. Texas Secretary of State (May 22, 2018). Retrieved on May 23, 2018.
- Kyle Blankenship (May 26, 2018). District 54 runoff election postmortem: What contributed to Buckley upset of Cosper?. Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved on May 28, 2018.
- Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). Retrieved on November 10, 2018.