Texas congressman won’t seek re-election

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) won't seek re-election in 2020 (Source: Gray DC).
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) is the latest House Republican to announce he won’t return to Congress in 2021.

Flores launched his first Congressional bid in 2009. He said prayer, a commitment to his pledge not to serve for more than 12 years, and desire to spend more time with family led to his decision not to seek re-election in 2020.

In an emailed release, Flores is quoted as saying:

"During the almost 10-year period since our decision to run for Congress in late 2009, much has happened. During that time, I have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, spent hundreds of nights away from home and generally worked 12-18 hours per day, six days per week in order to effectively serve over 700 thousand constituents in Central Texas and the Brazos Valley. Our family evolved substantially during that period as Gina lost her father, we picked up a daughter-in-law, added four awesome grandkids and watched my Mom and Dad move further along their senior years. My job as Representative has made it difficult to spend as much time with Gina and the rest of my family as I would like.”

In the release, Flores said he will continue working with urgency and diligence on behalf of his constituents in the Texas 17th district. After his term expires, he said he plans on returning to the private sector.

Flores joins about a dozen other House Republicans, and three senators in announcing he won’t seek re-election in 2020. Four Democrats also won’t be running again, three in the House and one in the Senate.

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