State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks from the dais on May 4, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

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State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, announced Tuesday he will not seek another term to the Texas House.

Huberty, who has represented House District 127 since 2011, said in a statement that “it is time for new opportunities in life.”

“I have thought long and hard about this decision,” Huberty said.”It’s been an honor to represent the people and communities of District 127 at the Texas Capitol, and I’m proud of the work our team has accomplished.”

During the 2019 legislative session, Huberty helped spearhead reforms to the state’s school finance system, which included $6.5 billion to improve public education in the state and pay teachers plus $5.1 billion to lower school district taxes.

Huberty said Tuesday that his “interest in and passion for public education remains at my core” and said he believed that the school finance reform legislation from 2019 “will have a lasting impact for the school children of Texas for a long time to come.”

Earlier this year, Huberty was arrested in Montgomery County after he crashed his car into another vehicle and failed a sobriety test. The lawmaker was driving home from the Capitol in late April. Huberty apologized to his colleagues soon after, saying in an emotional speech on the House floor at the time that he had struggled with alcoholism throughout his life and had started treatment immediately after the incident.

Huberty’s departure will mark the 14th open House seat heading into the 2022 election; two other House Republicans — Jim Murphy of Houston and Chris Paddie of Marshall — have also recently announced retirements.

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