As more candidate announcements come out for the Texas Legislature, one state lawmaker has announced he will not be coming back in 2025.
Republican State Rep. Four Price announced this week he will not seek re-election for the Amarillo-based seat he has held since 2010.
“I am making known at this early stage of the campaign cycle, however, that I do not intend to seek reelection in 2024,” wrote Price in a statement. “From day one, I have worked hard to serve my constituents and improve our community. It’s been a privilege of a lifetime to work on their behalf in the legislature and play a meaningful role in passing landmark legislation. I’ve given this decision considerable thought and believe the time is right to complete my service as a House member.”
Price’s voting record has earned him failing marks on ratings from multiple organizations.
The Amarillo lawmaker has earned a failing rating on the Fiscal Responsibility Index since 2013.
Jeramy Kitchen, the executive director for Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, told Texas Scorecard that the open seat represents a chance for taxpayers to replace Price with someone who will vote in their interests.
“State Rep. Four Price has consistently scored an F on the Fiscal Responsibility Index and leaves a legacy of having consistently supported growing the size and scope of government and, as such, its burden on Texans,” said Kitchen. “His announcement to not seek re-election provides an opportunity for Texas taxpayers to replace him with a lawmaker who puts them first. Let us hope they do not squander it.”
According to Texans for Vaccine Choice’s most recent legislative report card, Price received an F rating.
Price has also received ratings between 50 and 66 on the Young Conservatives of Texas legislative report card, with his career rating sitting at a 56. Although Texas Right to Life gave Price a rating of 100 for the 2021 legislative session, he received a 60 the previous session.
As of time of publication, no candidates have declared an intention to seek the HD 87 seat.