Reps. Celia Israel (D-Austin) and Chris Paddie (R-Marsahll) announced they would not seek re-election to the House.

“After four legislative sessions and all the special sessions that came with them, I am ready for a new challenge,” Israel said in a statement announcing the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential run to succeed term-limited Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

“The timing is right to spend more time with my family and allow my East Texas colleagues to spend time fighting for our values instead of having to make some of the tough choices required in the redistricting process,” Paddie said in a statement. Just a month ago, Paddie announced he would seek re-election.

As it is currently configured, HD9 includes six counties along the Texas-Louisiana border, running from Cass Co. to Sabine Co. Those counties are collectively about 30K short of the new ideal population of 194K.

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