“It is extremely humbling, and I am very grateful to my neighbors, and friends for allowing me the opportunity to represent our community at the Texas Capitol during my time of public service,” Frullo said in a Facebook statement.
“During the last six sessions, together we have passed tougher Human Trafficking laws, dramatically increasing your Second Amendment Gun and Knife Rights and strengthening the Pro-Life laws to the strongest in the county. We have reduced business taxes and fees and put more controls in the hands of voters with respect to property taxes. Texas Tech University has had historical success in a number of areas including achieving ‘Tier 1’ status and the opening of the School of Veterinary Medicine.”
Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) said in response, “John has been a fighter for his district and a driving force behind the success of Texas Tech.”
Frullo’s decision is one among a wave of retirements and candidates seeking higher office, leaving open the certainty of substantial turnover when the Texas House convenes in 2023.
Frullo ranked as the 15th most liberal Republican member of the Texas House in the latest legislative ratings that account for special session votes. Frullo’s district, House District 84, is rated R-60% by The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index.
The Lubbock representative’s been in the state House since 2011 and has faced scant opposition throughout his tenure. Going into 2022, Frullo’s retirement makes his district the 18th open seat.
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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.