November 13, 2017
Serving as an elected official is one of the greatest honors our country can bestow on a person. I have been blessed and fortunate to serve almost 46 years in elected office. I have served as a Texas State Representative and a Texas State Senator. In 1993, I was elected as a member of the United States Congress. Our family has known politics and public service throughout their lives. My wife, Helen, has been a partner every step of the way for our 47 years of marriage. I now think that it is time for me to be more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren. I have decided that I will not be filing for re-election in 2018. I have had to miss so many of their activities and after 26 years in Congress, it is time to devote more time to my most important job of being a husband, father and grandfather. I want to extend my sincere thanks to those who have supported my efforts through the years. It has been a privilege to serve the 29th Congressional District of Texas.