Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) announced she would resign effective September 30 and not seek re-election. Farrar, who is serving her 13th term, is the 7th most senior member of the House. She is the fifth member who served during this year’s session to either announce their retirement or resign, joining former Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), who was elected mayor of Dallas, and Reps. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), John Wray (R-Waxahachie) and John Zerwas (R-Richmond), who is also resigning effective September 30.

“Life brings change,” Farrar said in a statement, citing family health concerns and “our desire to do other things while having the good health and being of an age to be able to” them.

Farrar said she timed her announcement to give Gov. Greg Abbott (R) the opportunity to call a special election to coincide with the November 5 general election, which is also Houston’s municipal elections. Abbott has already done this for HD28.

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