But the companies he heads won't follow suit - at least for now.
Months after feuding with the state of California and the county of Alameda over its coronavirus restrictions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has officially pulled up stakes and moved to Texas - the future home of the Tesla Cybertruck.
The executive filed a lawsuit against Alameda County in May and threatened to move the headquarters of Tesla and SpaceX - companies that he controls - out of California and to Texas or Nevada over Alameda's refusal to grant Tesla permission to reopen its Fremont, California factory. California had largely reopened at the time, but with a provision allowing individual counties to enforce their own, stricter shelter-in-place orders. Musk nonetheless blasted Alameda's restrictions on regular business operations as being "illegal," daring officials to arrest him for violating the orders.
Musk's comments don't suggest that Tesla and SpaceX have any plans of picking up and moving to Texas along with him, and the CEO even appeared to take pride in the companies' California ties in comments made at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit.
"It's worth noting that Tesla is the last car company still manufacturing cars in California," he said. "SpaceX is the last aerospace company still doing significant manufacturing in California. So, there used to be over a dozen car plants in California, and California used to be the center of aerospace manufacturing. My companies are the last two left."
Still, Musk said of the state: "If a team has been winning for too long, they do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don't win the championship anymore. California has been winning for too long."
That appears to leave the door open to a Tesla and/or SpaceX exodus from the state in the future, at the same time that Tesla rival Rivian is just getting set up in the state. That manufacturer's first EV, the Rivian R1T pickup truck, is due to start shipments next June after a series of pandemic-related delays, significantly before the Texas-built Cybertruck is set to enter production.