Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) announced he would not seek re-election to a fifth term.
“Serving the communities throughout District 17 has truly been a privilege and something I will always cherish,” he said in a statement. “I am immensely proud of the work we have accomplished and believe the time is right to embark on new opportunities.”
Cyrier won a 2015 special runoff election over Brent Golemon, 52%-48%, to succeed former Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), who won re-election to the House in 2014 but did not take the oath of office. After winning a primary rematch against Golemon in 2016, Cyrier did not have another primary opponent. Smithville business owner Jen Bezner and McDade attorney and retired IT specialist Tom Glass have previously established campaign committees for HD17 (Safe R) as Republicans.
Cyrier becomes the 20th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who has announced plans to not return for 2023.
Reps. Phil King (R-Weatherford), Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) and James White (R-Hillister) are seeking other offices. Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) is exploring a run for mayor. Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) was running for Congress but suspended her campaign. Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg), John Frullo (R-Lubbock), Dan Huberty (R-Humble), Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), Ben Leman (R-Iola), Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Jim Murphy (R-Houston), Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) and John Turner (D-Dallas) are retiring. Former Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) is now in Congress, and former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio) resigned.
Four Senators are not returning. Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) is running for Land Commissioner. Sens. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) are retiring.
The filing period for a spot on the 2022 ballot begins tomorrow (Saturday).
LTGOV (Lean R): Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R).
SD1 (Safe R): Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) announced he would seek re-election. Hughes had been considered a potential candidate for CD1 (Safe R) if U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) indeed challenges Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R).
HD31 (Lean R): Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) plans to announce his plans on Monday in Floresville and at the Capitol later that day, where he will be joined by Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont).
HD103 (Safe D): Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas) announced he would seek re-election.
CD3 (Likely R): Plano hedge fund manager Roger Barone reauthorized his campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano). Barone has run twice before as an independent candidate but did not qualify for a spot of the ballot either time.
Travis Co.: County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (D) announced she would not seek re-election and plans to retire by the end of January 2022. She was first elected County Clerk in 1986 and has been re-elected eight times.
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