After serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, State Rep. John Wray (R–Waxahachie) has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.

“These elected jobs are not meant to be lifetime positions,” said Wray. “It is time for me to return full-time to Ellis County and join my fellow citizens to elect the next conservative state representative.”

Wray, who has a career F on the Fiscal Responsibility Index, made the surprise announcement just days after the entry into the race of Sam “Tripp” Bryant, a military veteran and small businessman who currently serves on the State Republican Executive Committee.

“The last legislative session did not go well, regardless of what they say. I know what’s going on,” Bryant told a local newspaper in Waxahachie. “Things should be done a lot better, and I would think if you’re a Republican and run on a Republican ballot, you should vote accordingly to the platform.”

“It’s time for Republicans to start voting like Republicans,” he added.

Bryant is not expected to be the only candidate on the Republican primary ballot for House District 10, a district that encompasses Ellis County and a portion of Henderson County.

Jake Ellzey, who ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for the U.S. congressional seat now held by Ron Wright, is widely expected to announce for the seat in the coming weeks.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens