The Texas Association of Realtors announced Thursday it is backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his reelection bid. The group has actively pushed property rights legislation in the past, including efforts to lower property taxes and reform the property appraisal system.

In a statement, Chairman Dan Hatfield said:

“We believe Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is an excellent leader who understands that we must ensure Texas remains a great place to do business. Through the years, he has shown that he will do what’s right for Texas, which is why we’ve pledged our support. We’re proud to endorse Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s re-election campaign.”

Dewhurst faces Sen. Dan Patrick, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the GOP primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the general election in November.