July 3, 2013
Williams said decision was one of “putting people and duty before politics”
AUSTIN, TEXAS ~ State Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams (R-The
Woodlands) announced Wednesday he will not run for Texas Comptroller of Public
Accounts in the 2014 Republican primary.
Williams, is the only certified public accountant serving in the Texas Senate and was
recently named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the state’s “TEN BEST
LEGISLATORS” for passing the state’s new, no-tax balanced budget.
A former member of the Texas House, Williams has also received numerous conservative
and taxpayer awards for authoring and passing property tax appraisal reforms.
“I am sincerely humbled by the outpouring of statewide encouragement to enter the
Comptroller’s race. Marsha and I have had to balance this political opportunity with my
responsibility to the families of Southeast Texas as their State Senator. My current term
runs through 2016,” said Williams.
Williams added, “I also feel serving as Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee
is incompatible with the demands of simultaneously running for a statewide election.
After careful consideration I feel I can best serve our state and the people of Southeast
Texas in my current role as State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Finance
“For me, the decision to not run for statewide office at this time is ultimately one of
putting people and duty before politics.”
For additional information, contact:
Gary Scharrer 512-626-9697