Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) announced he would not seek re-election in a reconfigured SD31.

“After thoughtful consideration and with the reassurance of my family, including my new very vocal granddaughter, I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to the Texas Senate,” Seliger said in a statement. “It has been a great honor to represent the people, schools and businesses of Senate District 31 for the past 17 years.”

As it was redrawn, SD31 lost four Panhandle counties and gained 12 Permian Basin counties, resulting in an almost perfect balance between the Panhandle (48.6% of the 2020 Republican primary vote) and the Permian Basin (49.2%). As the district is currently configured, the Panhandle contributed 57.5% of the vote while the Permian Basin accounted for 40%. Three remaining 2% of the vote comes from three South Plains “connector” counties along the western edge of the state. Seliger was the lone Republican to vote against the new map, and this was not the only time he voted against the party.

He was already facing two primary challengers: Big Spring steel manufacturer and Coahoma ISD trustee Stormy Bradley and Midland oil and gas executive and former Texas Public Policy Foundation board member Kevin Sparks.

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