Herschel Walker is in a runoff for the Georgia Senate, but he lives in Texas | Tom Handy


Herschel Walker’s home in TexasPhoto ofTwitter

Republican Herschel Walker is running with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a Georgia Senate runoff. The election in Georgia is on December 6th.

However, a new problem has emerged for the former NFL football running back that could hurt his chances of winning this race.

Herschel Walker owns a home outside of Dallas, Texas in Westlake, which is about 30 minutes away.

Despite the support of former President Donald Trump, Walker’s residency poses a major problem for the candidate.


Herschel Walker in conversation with President Donald TrumpPhoto ofImage from Twitter

Walker purchased the Westlake home in 2011, according to Tarrant County. Walker has since claimed the homestead exemption since 2012. This allows him to pay a lower tax bill to the Westlake and Keller Independent School District.

Walker gets a $1,500 release for his home.

But if you read the fine print, Texas law has an exception to the Homestead Exemption Act.

According to the Texas Audit Office, homeowners can claim the exemption as long as they do

“do not establish another primary residence … intend to return to the home … [and] are less than two years away.”


Approximate distance from Herschel Walker’s home to his election in GeorgiaPhoto ofImage from Twitter

Texas politicians who struggled with the homestead exemption

This isn’t the first time politicians have called attention to their homestead exemption.

  • U.S. Representative Vicente Gonzalez, a McAllen Democrat, and his wife have enjoyed double property tax breaks for at least eight years when they applied for homestead exemptions on two homes. They saved at least $2,300 in property taxes for the second home.
  • Former Republican Gov. Rick Perry applied for an exemption in 2009 for a house where his daughter lived while she attended Texas A&M University. He promised to pay back $183 in property taxes.
  • Current Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had to pay $595 in property taxes after he filed for exemptions on two homes he owned in Houston. That was while he was working as a talk show host in 2005.

With Walker running for election in this close race in which he and Warnock didn’t get 50% of the vote, the homestead exemption could hurt his chances.

The state of Georgia maintains that a candidate who declares residence on a homestead considers that home his permanent home.

Walker is in a tight race against his opponent.

Do you think Texas resident Herschel Walker will still be allowed to run for office in Georgia?