Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) announced they would not seek re-election, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) announced he is running for Congress.
Lucio’s decision to retire reverses his previous announcement he would seek another term and marks the end of a legislative career that began with his election to the House in 1986. He was first elected to the Senate in 1990 and re-elected 10 times. After defeating eventual Sen. Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen) in the 1992 Democratic primary and eventual Rep. Miguel Wise (D-Weslaco) in the 1994 primary, Lucio did not face opposition from his own party or Republicans until 2016. In 2020, he came up just short of a majority (49.8%) and was forced into a Democratic runoff against Sara Stapleton-Barrera, which he won, 54%-46%.
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