BRYAN, Texas — U.S. Representative Bill Flores will not seek reelection when his seat comes up in 2020, according to a tweet he posted Wednesday morning.
Flores tweeted, "After much prayer over the past few days and following conversations with my wife, Gina, I have decided that my current term will be my last."
Flores represents the 17th Congressional District which includes Waco and Bryan-College Station.
"It's been an honor to represent the folks in the Brazos Valley and in Central Texas," Flores said.
Flores was elected in 2010. He lives in Bryan.
Both sides of the isle in McLennan County reacted to the announcement on Wednesday.
"I wasn't shocked, but I was somewhat surprised that it is actually happening," McLennan County Republican Party Chairman Jon Ker said. "I mean we're not letting any moss grow under our feet on this one. We're going to be moving fast."
On the democratic side they believe they can win the seat in November.
"It's absolutely open," McLennan County Democratic Party Chair Mary Duty said. "That changes the entire equation as far as finding a candidate, funding that candidate. I mean, they are behind the eight ball basically."
According to his biography on his website, Flores serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on the Budget. He is also Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.