Rep. Hilderbran won’t seek re-election
The head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the Texas House has tearfully told his colleagues he won’t seek re-election.
Republican Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville, who was first elected to the House in 1988, took to the floor Wednesday for a special personal privilege speech. He then choked up as he said this term will be his last.
Hilderbran also made it clear, however, that he would “not be exiting public life.”
He is expected to run for comptroller, where incumbent Republican Susan Combs says she won’t seek re-election. Hiderbran’s campaign later released a statement saying he would have a “political announcement soon.”
Hilderbran helped oversee passage of the 2014-15 Texas budget that totaled $94.6 billion but included supplemental spending increasing it to roughly $100 billion.
Branch says he has $4 million on hand
State Rep. Dan Branch’s campaign announced Wednesday that it will report more than $4 million in cash on hand next week, when updated filings are due.
Branch, R-Dallas, said in a news release that “each new day brings fresh momentum to our campaign.” The release from Texans for Dan Branch doesn’t mention which campaign, but Branch, a lawyer, is widely expected to run for attorney general once Attorney General Greg Abbott announces his expected run for governor.