HOUSTON - Congressman Gene Green (D-29), announced this week that he would not seek re-election in 2018, ending a Congressional career at 26 years.
He said most U.S. Reps start to think about retiring after 10 terms and that his decision came this past weekend.
"Filing deadline opened on Saturday and normally I would file the first day but it just came to a head that I said I've served a lot of time," he said. "There are a number of elected officials I've worked with over the years who could easily replace me."
Ironically he knows many of the people who have announced or are contemplating running for his seat. He says he told them what to expect.
"'If one of you run,'" Green said. "'I'll be glad to help you, but I'm not going to pick and choose.'"
Green spends much of this week's Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall talking about his decision and what's next.
State Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-6) said she is ready to leave the State Senate and go to work to pick up where Green leaves off.
"I'm running on my record. I'm running on my experience," she said. "And I'm of course running as someone who is not only there to take a vote, but is there to take a leadership role in some of the issues that are really important to our district."
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- U.S. Rep Gene Green (D) 29th, 713-330-0761, https://green.house.gov/ Twitter: @RepGeneGreen
- State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D) 6th District, 713-923-7575 http://www.senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=6 Twitter: @SenatorSylvia
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