State Sen. Bryan Hughes won't seek Jeb Hensarling's U.S. Congress seat

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:37 - Written by

ALLISON POLLAN, apollan@tylerpaper.com

State Sen. Bryan Hughes won’t run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s retirement.

In a statement released Tuesday, Hughes, a Republican from Mineola, said he was moved by the encouragement he received to run for the seat, but he plans to stay in the Texas Senate.

“After much prayer and consultation with family and friends and supporters, I am confident that I can best serve in the Texas Senate,” Hughes said in the prepared statement. “Texas is setting the pace for America and the world, and our Texas Senate is at the vanguard of the battles to grow jobs, balance budgets, expand individual liberty, and protect innocent human life. Now is not the time for me to leave.”

Hughes, R-Mineola, was elected to Senate District 1, formerly held by Kevin Eltife, in 2016 after serving the Texas House since 2002.

Hensarling, 60, who has served Congress since 2003, announced last week he planned to retire at the end of the current congressional term.

His decision brings the number of House GOP departures or announced retirees to more than two dozen.