With a December 11th candidate filing deadline for next year’s election looming on the political horizon, members and potential contenders are being forced to make career decisions. This explains the spate of Texas retirement announcements that include Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas) and Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio), and yesterday, Houston area Congressman Ted Poe (R-Atascocita). Mr. Poe made public his intention that he would not seek re-election to an eighth term. He was originally elected in 2004, and has had little opposition in six re-election bids. The 2nd District is safely Republican. The Poe decision should lead to a crowded Republican primary field.
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