Texas State House Rep. Larry Gonzales, Round Rock Republican, resigns from office

July 11, 2018: Texas State Rep. Larry Gonzales, Round Rock Republican, resigned from office early in his term in June, 2018, saying “it’s time to get on with the next phase of my life.” Gonzales, a State House of Representatives Member since 2011 and a Capitol staffer before that, had already decided that this current term would be his last term, and he did not file to run for re-election this year, 2018. His resignation, effective on June 7, 2018, sets up a special election for the rest of his term. Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday, June 29, 2018, that he has scheduled a special election for Nov. 6, 2018, to fill Gonzales’ District 52 seat. During his term in the State House, Gonzales was the Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and he worked on several House committees, including the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. "I first walked into the Texas State Capitol in 1991, a young, eager intern ready to learn as much as I could and help make Texas the beacon of what good state government should be," Gonzales said in a statement. "Twenty-seven years later…I'm happy with everything we have accomplished." Still, he said, "it's time to move on." "My little family needs me," he said. "I've missed a lot." Gonzales' resignation leaves just two Hispanic Republicans in the 150-member Texas State House: J.M. Lozano, Kingsville, who is running for another term, and Jason Villalba, Dallas, who was defeated in the Republican primary election and is serving out his term. Cynthia Flores, Republican, and James Talarico, Democrat, are scheduled to be on the ballot for a full term in House District 52 for the November, 2018, general election.

Attribution: Governor's Office, The Texas Tribune

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