Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) announced he would not seek re-election.

“I have thought long and hard about this decision and know it is time for new opportunities in my life,” Huberty said in a statement. “I want to thank the people of the district who have been supportive through all the ups and downs in my career, as they always believed in me and trusted me to fight on their behalf.”

He becomes be the 16th House member elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning. Reps. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton), Phil King (R-Weatherford), Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and James White (R-Hillister) are seeking other offices. Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) is exploring a run for mayor. Reps. 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. Several other members, including Reps. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) and Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) are considering running for other offices.

So far, two senators are also not returning: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) is running for Land Commissioner, and Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) is retiring.

Humble council member and former Humble ISD trustee Charles Cunningham Jr. announced he would seek the seat as a Republican. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for HD150 in 2002.

Kingwood conservative activist Anthony Dolcefino is already in the race.

Special Session: The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die. The Legislature passed redistricting plans for Congress, the Legislature and the State Board of Education. A proposal requiring various “audits” and “reviews” of, and “explanations” from, county election officials, including an “audit” of the 2020 general election, did not ultimately pass. Senate Bill 47 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), a substantially similar bill to a measure that passed the Senate during the final days of the second special session, passed the Senate but died when no action was taken on it by the House.

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