Round Rock’s Gon­za­les won’t seek fifth term in state House

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Jonathan Tilove and Mike Parker jtilove@statesman.com mparker@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com Gon­za­les

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

RI­CARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMER­I­CAN-STATESMAN

State Rep. Larry Gon­za­les, R-Round Rock, was first elected to his seat in 2010.

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