Ogden Not Seeking Re-Election

State Senator Steve Ogden will not seek re-election.

The longtime politician from Bryan announced his decision Tuesday, thanking voters for the opportunity to serve in the Texas legislature for two decades.

"It has been an honor to serve the people of the 5th District and I am grateful for their confidence and trust," the Republican said in a statement. "They have enabled me, along with my colleagues in the legislature, to accomplish many things of which we can all be proud."

Ogden's current term expires in early 2013. He plans on serving it out.

A Naval Academy graduate with a Texas A&M business degree, Ogden won election to the Texas House in 1990. Then in 1997, Ogden picked up a win in a special election for the Senate seat he's held ever since.

Since 2004, he's served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which prepares the state's budget every two years. This last session, he was President Pro Tempore of the Senate, putting him third in the state's line of succession.

"I am particularly pleased to have co-authored the last four state budgets as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee," Ogden said. "All were balanced and conservative, attuned to the needs of our state and within its means. Fiscal decisions made by the legislature have contributed to our state's strong economy and excellent financial condition. Texas is a beacon state and its fiscal policies are lighting the way for our nation."

Ogden would not rule out a run for higher office in the future, though nothing is planned right now, according to him.

In the run-up to the last congressional election, Republican leaders attempted to recruit Ogden for a run against then-Congressman Chet Edwards in Texas' 17th District, but he declined.

Ogden also originally chose not to run for this latest term. In September 2009, he announced he would not seek re-election, only to reverse his decision a few months later, citing the need to put together as strong a budget as possible in the tough economic times.

The senator also cited his work on public and higher education, as well as highway infrastructure and making Texas a strong Pro-Life state.

"I have many people to thank for sustaining me during my years in public office, especially my wife, Beverly, and our children," he said. "I will always be grateful for my colleagues' edification and camaraderie, my staff's dedication and intelligence, and my constituents' support and friendship."

Following Tuesday's announcement, State Representative Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, a Republican, announced he would run to fill Ogden's seat.


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