State Rep. Scott Turner elects not to run again

State Rep. and former House Speaker candidate Scott Turner announced he will not seek election next time.

Scott Turner
Scott Turner

Scott Turner said: Dear friends,

Serving in the Texas House has been a tremendous honor, blessing, and privilege, and I am truly grateful for the trust and support of the great citizens of Collin and Rockwall Counties. Your prayers, encouragement, and steady involvement in the process are greatly appreciated.

As the Word says, there is a time and a season for everything. Today, I am announcing my plans not to seek re-election to the Texas House. In this new season for my family and me, I look forward to impacting our community, state, and nation through exciting opportunities in business, community service, ministry, and whatever path the Lord directs.

As one who loves people, serving as your State Representative has been one of the greatest honors in my life. From Rockwall, Heath, Royse City, McLendon-Chisholm, Rowlett and Fate … to Frisco, Anna, Farmersville, Josephine, Blue Ridge, Prosper, Wylie, and Celina, we have worked together to ensure that our conservative principles are well-represented in Austin. This district is blessed with so many wonderful people who represent the best of Texas and love their communities and state. What a privilege to be your voice!

Jeff Leach, Scott Turner, Ken Paxton, Van Taylor and Scott Sanford serve as local representatives in Austin.
Jeff Leach, Scott Turner, Ken Paxton, Van Taylor and Scott Sanford serve as local representatives in Austin.

I had the honor of serving with many good men and women in the Texas Legislature. And I especially want to thank my friends and colleagues who stood with me in January during my campaign for Speaker. I am also grateful for my staff who have faithfully and tirelessly served this district.

Scott Turner's day as Speaker
Scott Turner’s day serving as Speaker with local officials in front of him. 

My wife Robin is my rock, a steadfast and faithful encourager during every moment of my public service. I am also very proud of Solomon and appreciate how supportive he has been during my time away as I have served Texas. Solomon is a tremendous young man, and I look forward to investing even more time in his life as he enters high school this fall.

One chapter is closing for now, and I am beginning new chapters that I believe hold great promise and potential. Though my service as a state representative comes to an end, you can count on me to use my voice to remain involved and champion our shared conservative values. My term does not conclude until January of 2017, and I look forward to fully serving this district until that time.

Scott Turner
Scott Turner

Thank you again for the confidence you placed in me and for choosing me to serve as your State Representative. I’ll always be grateful.

Scott Turner

What do local officials have to say?

Jeff Leach: “Today my colleague, brother and friend, Scott Turner, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016. A man of great faith, integrity and courage, Scott and his wife Robin and their son Solomon have become very special to the Leach family. It was the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Texas alongside a man of his caliber and he will be immensely missed in the Texas Legislature.”

Susan Hayes Fletcher said: “This is a bitter sweet moment, as I treasure my friendship with Scott Turner and appreciate his service. … As I ponder this news, I can’t help but think that Frisco City Councilman John Keating would be an excellent State Representative!”

Patrick Fallon said: “Rep. Scott Turner just announced that he’s not seeking re-election. While I am sad to hear the news I want to thank him for his service to our state. And I can’t think of a better person to continue Scott’s work in Austin than Mayor Pro Tem of Frisco John Keating! John’s a proven conservative leader and would be a welcomed addition to our North Texas delegation!”

Photos of Scott Turner courtesy of State Rep. Scott Turner

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