TX-14: Congressman Ron Paul Will Not Seek Re-Election

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The Brazosport Facts had the story first:

After serving almost 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ron Paul told The Facts exclusively this morning he will not be seeking another term for the District 14 seat. Paul, 75, will instead focus on his quest for the presidency in 2012. “I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul said. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.” His announcement will give enough time for anyone with aspirations for his seat to think about running, he said. Paul didn’t want to wait for filing in the 2012 primary to let people know he wasn’t seeking reelection.

Greg Wythe has the numbers of the new CD-14

With Paul's retirement, two key questions immediately come to mind: who is going to replace him, and how serious is he going to commit to running for President? Is a potential third party candidacy in the cards, because that would make things really, really interesting…

On who could replace him, lots of names immediately came to mind. Quorum Report, State Representatives and Senators with a “sizable” chunk in the newly drawn Congressional District 14 include Rep. Ritter (R), Rep. Deshotel (D), Rep. Eiland (D), Rep. Larry Taylor (R), Rep. Bonnen (R), Rep. Weber (R), Sen. Jackson (R), Sen. Williams (R) & Sen. Huffman (R). Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, a Democrat, is also someone who could be looking at the race.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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