On Monday, Senator Florence Shapiro announced that she would not seek re-election. Jack Ternan, a Democrat who grew up in Plano, Texas, was the only candidate to have filed to run for the position with the Texas Ethics Commission prior to the announcement.
“As someone who grew up in Plano, I know Senator Shapiro has had an enormous impact on our community,” said Jack Ternan. Moreover, “I want to thank Senator Shapiro for her service and for opening the door to a new generation of leadership.”
Upon learning of Senator Shapiro’s decision not to seek re-election, many local Democrats were quick to show support for Mr. Ternan’s candidacy.
“The Texas Democratic Women of Collin County has gotten to know Jack over the last couple years. We are quite impressed with his competence and passion to be our next State Senator,” said Barb Walters, President of the Texas Democratic Women of Collin County.
David Smith, a long-time Collin County Democrat and former candidate for County Judge stated, “I thank Senator Shapiro for her service and welcome the opportunity for fresh, new perspectives from residents like Jack Ternan.”
“I commend Jack Ternan’s decision to run for Texas State Senate District 8. Mr. Ternan has the excitement of energetic youth and has a clear vision of how Texas can be the economic powerhouse leading our nation,” said John Lingenfelder, Democratic candidate for Texas Congressional District number 3.
Ternan grew up in Plano, Texas along with his mother, father, and three brothers. After graduating from Plano East Senior High School in 2000, he attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC where, in 2004, he received a bachelor’s degree in government and history. Ternan continued his education at The University of Texas and obtained his law degree and license in 2007.
After completing school, Ternan joined the law firm of Bickel & Brewer where he practices complex commercial litigation. He has sought justice for those affected by the City of Farmers Branch’s anti-immigrant ordinances, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and an anti-competitive deal between Southwest and American airlines.
In 2010, Ternan married Ashley Morgan, a Dallas native. Together, they live in Plano, along with their son, Jack III.