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State senator discusses leaving Legislature, Texas politics
Southeast Texans could be losing some clout in Austin next year.
A republican state senator says he's not running for re-election.
Today, senate District 4 representative Tommy Williams spoke at the Golden Triangle Republican Women's luncheon.
Williams said last Thursday that he would not return for the 2015 legislative session.
Williams joined the senate in 2003 after three terms in the House.
The state senator -- a certified public accountant and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee -- helped shape the 2014 - 15 budget.
The senator says it's time to start a new chapter in his life, but he feels he's made a difference during his time serving the people of Southeast Texas.