AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Veteran Democratic Rep. Craig Eiland of Galveston says he won't seek re-election.
His voice cracking, Eiland addressed the House late Wednesday and said he wants to spend more time with his wife and children, and be a better lawyer.
Eiland said he first came to the Legislature 20 years ago as a bachelor. He said that's why his spending so many hours away from home as a lawmaker is the only life his family has ever known.
He said working with so many first-term and second-term representatives has him convinced "we're in good shape for the future," but added of the younger legislators: "Some of them are crazy."
Eiland also noted that bipartisanship and multiculturalism will drive Texas' future.
His announcement drew a standing ovation and hugs from his colleagues.
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