Longtime state Sen. Larry Taylor, finest recognized for his work on schooling points, says he will not run for reelection

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State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who helped write the legislation to overtake college funding in Texas, is not going to search reelection.

Taylor chairs the Senate Schooling Committee and has served within the Legislature since 2003, first as a member of the Home. He’s additionally chair of the Senate Republican Caucus.

His resolution comes just below two weeks earlier than the candidate submitting deadline for the 2022 main. Inside minutes of Taylor asserting his retirement, state Rep. Mayes Middleton, R-Wallisville, introduced he had filed for for the Senate seat.


“This has been a really troublesome resolution, as having the privilege of representing my group within the legislature for almost twenty years has been the most important honor of my life,” Taylor mentioned in a press release. “Collectively, with my colleagues within the Legislature, we’ve handled a number of challenges and labored to safe Texas’ future as a pacesetter for our nation. I’m so happy with our work and so extremely blessed to have been part of it.”

Within the assertion, Taylor additionally acknowledged the sacrifices that public service requires, together with a “main dedication of time away from your loved ones and buddies.”

Taylor’s resolution creates a emptiness in Senate District 11 in Southeast Texas. The seat favors Republicans.

After information of Taylor’s retirement broke, he informed a reporter with the Galveston Day by day Information that a part of his resolution was as a consequence of Middleton’s curiosity in his seat. Taylor informed the reporter that he tried to dissuade Middleton, however that he’s “able to go and eager to spend some huge cash.”


Middleton, an oil-and-gas businessman, is the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus within the Home, the place he has been a member since 2019.

Taylor is probably finest recognized for his work on schooling. He was a key participant within the 2019 college finance overhaul that lawmakers counted as a prime achievement that session. The $11.6 billion measure boosted per-student funding and decreased property taxes, amongst different issues.

Taylor has additionally centered on coastal points, like reforming the Texas Windstorm Insurance coverage Affiliation.

Taylor’s resolution is abrupt. His marketing campaign had mentioned Sunday that he would file for reelection Monday, although it didn’t seem to occur.