Rep. Ray AllenRep. Ray Allen has announced his decision to retire following the end of his current term. Allen told LSR that he was ready to move on after 13 years in the Texas House.
"I decided that if I were to take on new issues and try to get them through the process, it would take about 8-10 more years," he said. "I'm at a good stopping point now, and on the major issues I have worked on, I think we're in pretty good shape."
Allen said he chose to announce his decision now to allow people back in his district make plans. He said he hoped this would allow some younger people in the district step forward and serve. Allen is nationally known and respected on both sides of the aisle for his expertise on criminal justice issues. He is currently chairman of the House County Affairs Committee and has served as chairman of the House Corrections Committee. He is also known for his support of pro-life and the Second Amendment. In 2003, Allen passed the pre-natal protection act, which allows for civil and criminal penalties when damage is done to an unborn child due to another's unlawful conduct.
Speaker Tom Craddick made the following statement:
"Representative Ray Allen (R - Grand Prairie) has done an excellent job representing the people of his district and Texas. Ray and I have worked together for many years and he could always be counted on to give his best. I will miss Ray's presence here in Austin, and for the thorough work he has done on behalf of the House of Representatives."
Allen is the first Republican to represent his district. Prior to Allen, the district had been represented by conservative Democrats.