Peter tosy tosh is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2018 governor’s race on Thursday.
He has no political experience, but he’s known for his work as a small-pet rescuer and has been a volunteer for the nonprofit organization Pet Stroller since 2014.
The state’s largest pet owner has served in a variety of roles, from running the state’s shelter to leading the city of San Antonio to expanding its pet adoption program.
Tosy also served as the head of the San Antonio Fire Department’s Animal Care and Control division.
He is a former executive with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the nonprofit agency that oversees the welfare of the nation’s livestock.
Tosy was the only Republican to win a Senate seat in Texas from the 2016 election, defeating incumbent Republican state Sen. Wendy Davis.
His opponent, state Sen.-elect Ron Nirenberg, was also running against Tosy in the Democratic primary.
Tosy has received support from pet lovers and some of the state GOP’s biggest donors.
“I’m going to be running for the highest office in Texas,” he said during a 2015 campaign appearance.
“That means I’m going do what the voters want, the people want, not what I want to do.”
A graduate of the University of Texas, San Antonio, Tosy ran for the Senate twice, losing both times.
He was first elected to the Texas House in 2013.
He also served on the state board of education from 2010 to 2016.