On Wednesday, Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX-17) announced that he will not seek re-election next year, making him the fifth Texas federal lawmaker to retire from public office in recent months.
Vowing to honor his commitment to a term limit promised during his campaign, Flores said in an official statement, “Serving my country as the Representative of the hardworking Texas families in the 17th Congressional District has been an honor and one of the greatest privileges of my life. When I originally announced that I was running in 2009, I was firm in my commitment that I would run for six or fewer terms.”
He continued by saying, “After much prayer over the past few days and following conversations with my wife, Gina, during that time, I have decided that my current term will be my last.”
Currently serving his fifth term in Congress, Flores represents Texas’ 17th Congressional District stretching across twelve counties to include the cities of College Station and Waco.
Located in Central Texas, the district is a historically Republican area, voting for President Trump by a margin of 18 points in the 2016 election.
Despite retirement, Flores pledged to continue “working with the Trump administration” and his Congressional colleagues on issues such as border security, tax reform, international trade, and health care reform among other issues.
The congressman also said that he intends to continue working in the private sector, while also enjoying time with his family and grandchildren.
Flores currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as the House Minority Leader’s designee to the Budget Committee.
Additionally, he served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and currently serves on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University, and the board of directors for the Private Enterprise Research Center (PERC).
Flores closed his announcement by thanking the Texans who supported him throughout his five terms and acknowledging the “bravery of our Armed Forces and First Responders who selflessly serve to keep America and our communities safe.”
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.