AUSTIN (August 20, 2013)—State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, who once represented parts of Central Texas before the latest remap, announced Tuesday he’s running for comptroller.
Incumbent Comptroller Susan Combs isn’t seeking reelection.
Hilderbran will face Katy Sen. Glenn Hegar and tea party activist Debra Medina in the Republican primary next year.
As chairman of the House Ways and Means chair, Hilderbran was responsible for writing tax policy and if elected, he promised better customer service and protection from IRS abuse.
Hilderbran tearfully announced in July he wouldn’t seek another term in the Texas House.
“I may not be returning to this body for its 84th Regular Session, but I will not be exiting public life,” he said.
Hilderbran, who was first elected to the House in 1988, choked up as he made the announcement to colleagues 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.