Matthew McConaughey Says He's 'Considering' a Run for Governor of Texas

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
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From Men's Health

Actor Matthew McConaughey might run for office.

During a recent episode of The Balanced Podcast, the 51-year-old said a run for Governor of Texas is a "true consideration" on his part. A film professor at the University of Texas since 2019 and the founder of a non-profit foundation for high school students, he expressed a desire for "more leadership roles."

"Because I do think I have some things to teach and do and share," he told host Rania Mankarious. "What is my role, and category, in the next chapter of life that I'm going into now?"

McConaughey didn't share the details of a possible run, though he'd have to act soon; the Texas gubernatorial election will take place in November 2022. If McConaughey is successful, he'd unseat incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott. (Former Texas congress rep. and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has also expressed a possible run for governor.)

Back in November, the actor also teased his "I would say this: Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now," he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. McConaughey has not publicly acknowledged his political affiliation, though he has called for a need for "aggressive centrism" in the past.

If McConaughey runs, he'd follow in the footsteps of other celebs who have run for office in recent years, including Cynthia Nixon, Kanye West, and, of course, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Celebrities in politics...a combination no one asked for, yet here we are.

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