Friends, Colleagues, Senate District 12 constituents:

While serving as your State Senator has been a great honor and privilege, I will not be running for re-election.

After graduating from the University of North Texas, I became a teacher, a mom and a businesswoman. I got involved in politics as a grassroots activist. When the State Board of Education became an elected body, I was encouraged to run – and won, serving two terms.

It didn’t take long to understand I could make a bigger impact in the Legislature. I won my first election to the Senate in 1992, and that campaign taught me so many lessons. I listened, and I learned.

In winning that election I became the first Denton County woman to serve in the Senate … the 10th woman overall …and the 3rd Republican woman. Many milestones have been reached since then - becoming the first Republican woman to chair a standing Senate Committee and the first woman ever to chair the Senate Finance Committee. To those women interested in serving in government, we need you …follow your heart and go for it.

With your support, we accomplished many things. We passed over $8 billion in tax relief. We made Texas a more hospitable place to do business. We established the Cancer Research & Prevention Institute of Texas, created peer mental health programs for our veterans and law enforcement, dedicated lottery proceeds to education and passed over 30 bills to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Having passed my fourth state budget as Finance Chair — unanimously at that — I am heartened we are going out on a high note. I love my staff and colleagues in the Senate and owe them, as well as my family, a debt of gratitude. To my constituents — I worked every day to earn the faith you placed in me as your State Senator. As Emerson said, if we made one person breathe easier … we succeeded. We did. Rest assured that in this next chapter I will keep fighting to build a better Texas.

Very truly yours,


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