Yet another North Texas member of Congress announces his retirement, as Michael Burgess announces that he will not be seeking reelection.
Burgess represents the 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Denton, Wise, and Cooke counties. The Republican was first elected to Congress in 2002.
“It has been the honor of my life to have gone from a small-town doctor delivering babies, with no prior political experience, to elected to represent my friends and neighbors in the United States Congress,” Burgess said in a statement.
Burgess sits on the House Budget Committee and is the second-highest ranking Republican on both the House Rules and Energy and Commerce committees. He was the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for four years during the 115th and 116th Congresses, according to RollCall.
He joins fellow North Texas Republican Kay Granger in stepping down from Congress at the end of the current term.