Round Rock’s Gonzales won’t seek fifth term in state House
State Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, said Wednesday he will not seek a fifth term in the House, opening up a scramble for a seat that could figure in what could be a Republican battle over Joe Straus’ future as speaker.
Gonzales, a GOP moderate and Straus loyalist, was first elected in 2010 to represent District 52 in southern Williamson County, including Round Rock, Hutto, Taylor and part of Georgetown.
He said that no particular thing led to the decision, but, “between husband, daddy, business owner, legislator, it’s a lot on my plate.”
“And I’ve given so much to the legislator part of it, it’s just time to be home,” he said.
Gonzales was already facing a Republican primary challenge from the right in March. Jeremy Story, a 42-year-old father of seven from Round Rock who founded and is president of Campus Renewal, a Christian organization seeking to unite campus ministries across the country, has announced he’s running for the Republican nomination. Story also serves as chaplain to the Williamson County and Texas Republican parties.
Story said Wednesday that, like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott, he was disappointed that Straus did not deliver on more of the governor’s 20-point agenda for the special session. He said he believed the House could benefit
State Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, was first elected to his seat in 2010.