Scott Hochberg, the Democratic state rep who's widely recognized as a guru on public-education issues, won't run for re-election, he announced today.
The man who represents a southwest-side district says it's time to move on.
"My decision should not be thought of as any commentary on the current political environment, the challenges ahead, or, for that matter, the disappointment of soon having to endure the designated hitter rule when watching hometown Houston baseball," he wrote in a letter to constituents.
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Instead, Hochberg says, "It's simply my desire to move on to new challenges, and find some other ways to be of service to our community and state."
He's been in the House since 1993.
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