Powerful Texas Lawmaker Won’t Seek Re-Election, Eyes Statewide Office

AUSTIN (July 10, 2013)—State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, who once represented parts of Central Texas before the latest remap, tearfully announced Wednesday he won’t seek another term in the Texas House, but said he won’t be leaving public life.

“I may not be returning to this body for its 84th Regular Session, but I will not be exiting public life,” he said.

“I will continue to find ways to help grow the Texas economy and ensure a bright future for all Texans.”

Hilderbran, who was first elected to the House in 1988, choked up as he made the announcement to colleagues Wednesday on the floor of the chamber.

Hilderbran is widely expected to join the field of candidates looking to replace Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, who isn’t seeking another term.

Hiderbran's campaign later released a statement saying he would have “an exciting political announcement in the coming weeks.”

Hilderbran helped oversee passage of the 2014-15 Texas budget, which totaled $94.6 billion but included supplemental spending increasing it to roughly $100 billion.

Before the latest redistricting process, Hilderbran’s district included San Saba and McCulloch Counties in Central Texas.

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