Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), the fifth most senior member of the House, announced he will not seek re-election, and the Dean of the Senate confirmed he would run for mayor of Houston in 2023.

“I am proud to have represented the people of District 147 for the last 30 plus years,” Coleman said in a statement. “I hope that I have served them well, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community in a non-elected capacity.”

Coleman won a 1991 special election to succeed the late Rep. Larry Q. Evans (D-Houston) and has been re-elected 15 times since. He and Evans are the only two people to represent HD147 (Safe D). Prior to 1983, the highest district number was 101, a relic of the era when some representatives were not elected from single-member districts. Expect a fairly large field of candidates to enter the race in the next few weeks.

He becomes the 24th House member and 28th legislator elected to the 87th Legislature who have announced plans to not return for 2023.

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