Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) announced he would not seek a 13th term, and Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownsville) won’t seek a third term as he instead runs to succeed the retiring Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville).
“After over half my life in some sort of public service, I need some time to myself and with those I love,” Deshotel said in a statement. “It is time to get out of the way and allow the younger generation with their energy and fire to have this honor and responsibility.”
In his statement, Deshotel recalled former Rep. Al Price’s (D-Beaumont) retirement after winning a primary election for what would have been a 12th term. Deshotel was selected by precinct chairs as a replacement nominee after Price withdrew. He has rarely been opposed since.
Dominguez was already contemplating a run for SD27 (Lean D) before Lucio announced his retirement and after new maps made HD37 (Lean D), his current district, more competitive. Dominguez entered office after taking down longtime Rep. Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) in a 2018 Democratic runoff, 57%-43%. He faces Lucio’s 2020 primary challenger Sara Stapleton-Barrera and may face McAllen attorney Morgan LaMantia, who is considering the race. At least two Republicans have taken a formal step toward running for the Senate seat.
Deshotel and Dominguez become the 22nd and 23rd House members elected to the 87th Legislature who have announced plans to not return for 2023.
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