Ogden Will Not Run Again for State Senate
Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced recently that he will not be a candidate for the Texas Senate in the November, 2010 election. Ogden has represented Senate District 5 since 1997; he also served three terms in the Texas House.
Senator Ogden made the following statement: "I am very grateful for my constituents' trust and support while I worked for them in the Texas Legislature. When my current term ends, my family and I will have spent 20 years in state elected office. I think Texas state government is in good shape and I am pleased to have played a part in making it so.
"It's been my privilege and responsibility to have had a "seat at the table" for every major state policy discussion of the past two decades. I was fortunate to play a leadership role in state budgets and revenue, transportation safety and finance, and school finance and higher education funding.
"Though I have no immediate plans to remain in politics beyond my present term, I am not, by today's announcement, ruling out a future candidacy for elected office."
Ogden's term as State Senator will end when his successor is sworn in on the first day of the next regular session of the Texas Legislature in January, 2011.