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Putting speculation that he would pursue higher office to rest, State Rep. Jeff Leach (R–Plano) has announced that he will instead run for re-election to his current seat.

In a statement posted to Facebook earlier today, Leach said that he “[looks] forward to running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.”

“As you know, Becky and I have been praying about and considering running for the State Senate. The support, counsel and prayers we have received have been incomparable. For that, Becky and I are blessed and forever grateful,” said Leach. “Through these days, however, we have been reminded of the reality that the immediate fight for conservatism – and for the future of Texas – is in the Texas House of Representatives.”

“To that end, I wanted you to hear from me that I feel led to remain right where I am and continue to fight for the conservative cause in the House Chamber,” he added.

Earlier this year, Leach announced that he was exploring a run for the Texas Senate seat soon to be vacated by Van Taylor (R–Plano). Taylor has already announced a campaign for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R–TX).

Leach’s decision to run for re-election was applauded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

“Very thoughtful, prayerful decision by a good man who is putting the good of Texas ahead of his own ambitions,” said Sullivan in a statement. “We need more guys like Jeff Leach!”

The race to replace Taylor already includes Dallas GOP Chairman Phillip Huffines, the identical twin brother of State Sen. Don Huffines (R–Dallas). Meanwhile, conservative State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R–Plano) is exploring a run.

First elected in 2013, Leach has a solidly conservative record in the Texas House and has been named a “Taxpayer Champion” in each session by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

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