“It is with sincere gratitude, yet a heavy heart, that I have decided that I will not seek re-election to the Texas House in 2022,” he said in a statement Friday morning. “It is with hope that I start this next chapter in my life with a focus on family, friends, and business.”
Lucio, son of state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr, is the second House Democrat to announce his retirement.
He was first elected to represent House District 38 in 2006 and won every election since easily in every election since except for a 2020 primary which he won by under 8 percent.
Lucio was rated the 15th most conservative of the 67 Democrats in the House during the 87th regular session. His district is solidly blue, with a current Texas Partisan Index rating of D-62 percent. With the newly proposed House maps, that district makeup did not change.
During the legislature, Lucio was part of the marathon State Affairs Committee hearings on the February blackouts.
In his private life, Lucio is an attorney and owns two Orangetheory Fitness centers.
With now 11 open seats in the Texas House, there will be a number of new faces when the legislature convenes in 2023 for the 88th regular session.
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Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.