With an announcement to his supporters posted to his Congressional website Tuesday, Oct. 31, United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling, currently in his eighth term, said he would not be seeking re-election in 2018.
Now, one of the potential “up-and-comers” within the Texas GOP party has issued a statement saying that he will not be running for Hensarling’s seat.
Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, serving his first term in the Texas Senate as the Senator of District One, sent out a statement to the press of Tuesday, Nov. 7, squashing any rumor that we would seek the seat to be vacated by Hensarling in the 2018 General Election.
“The encouragement I’ve received to run for Congressman Hensarling’s seat has been moving,” said Hughes. “This is a rare opportunity, and I’m honored that so many whom I trust and respect have offered their support.”
“After much prayer and consultation with family and friends and supporters,” Hughes continued, “I am confident that I can best serve in the Texas Senate. Texas is setting the pace for America and the world, and our Texas Senate is at the vanguard of the battles to grow jobs, balance budgets, expand individual liberty, and protect innocent human life. Now is not the time for me to leave.”
At the time of Hensarling’s announcement that he would not seek re-election, he was the 19th House Republican to announce plans to retire or leave to seek higher office. Hensarling, 60, has represented the 5th Congressional District since he was elected in November 2002, currently serving as the Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee.
“Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the US Congress in 2018,” said Hensarling. “Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned.”
Hensarling’s District 5 includes southeast Dallas County, and stretches southeast into Kaufman, Anderson, Henderson, and Cherokee Counties, which was proven to be a more Republican-leaning district, with Hensarling winning his eighth term in the 2016 General Election with 81 percent of the vote, while President Donald Trump took 63 percent of the votes from the district.
Previously, Hughes, a native of Mineola, represented District Five in the Texas House of Representatives for seven terms. He is a member of the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.
In his first run for political office in 2002, Hughes was elected with 52 percent of the vote. In 2004 he was reelected by a 62% margin and in 2006 with 82%. He was unopposed for re-election in 2008 and 2010. In the 2012 election, Bryan faced his first primary opponent, Mary Lookadoo, and won the seat with 77 percent of the vote.
Hughes left the Texas House of Representatives and sought election to his current District One seat in the Texas Senate, earning 48.03 percent of the vote and the chance to participate in a run-off election with fellow Republican David Simpson (21.24 percent), and beating out two additional candidates, James K. “Red” Brown (21.23 percent) and Mike Lee (9.49 percent).
In the 2016 run-off race, Hughes prevailed over Simpson with 69.33 percent of the vote, to Simpson’s 30.67 percent. Hughes went on to run unopposed for the seat in the General Election.
Hughes has a Private Law Practice in Mineola, and has previously worked as a Briefing Attorney for United States District Judge William M. Steger.
He is on the Board of Trustees of the Steward’s Foundation, and a member of the Golden Bible Chapel, Mineola Foundation Board, National Rifle Association, Red Cross, and Rotary Club of Mineola.
As the Senator of District One in the Texas Senate, Hughes represents 14 counties in the East Texas region, including Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Harrison, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, and Upshur Counties.