State Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie, visits with Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, on May 22, 2017.
State Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie, visits with Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, on May 22, 2017.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. John Wray, a Waxahachie Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election to the Texas House in 2020.

“These elected jobs are not meant to be lifetime positions,” Wray said in a news release. “It is time for me to return full time to Ellis County and join my fellow citizens to elect the next conservative state representative.”

Wray was first elected to the lower chamber in 2014 to represent House District 10, a safe Republican seat that includes Ellis County and parts of Henderson County. Durign this year’s legislative session, he served as vice chair of the House Public Health Committee.

It’s unclear who will run to replace Wray. Sam “Tripp” Bryant, an army veteran and a state Republican Executive Committee representative from Senate District 22, recently filed with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for the seat, and, more recently, posted on social media a photo in front of the Texas Capitol with the caption, “Texas House of Representatives District 10 Campaign Trail, Team Bryant All The Way!”

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