LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In a statement released Friday morning, State Representative Carl Isett says he will not seek re-election to the Texas House.
News of Isett's plans first broke on NewsChannel 11 at 6 on Thursday.
Isett was originally elected in 1996, and has served the local community for 13 years.
The 52-year-old Texas Tech graduate is a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserves and is attached to the Commander Fleet Industrial Supply Center in San Diego. He returned from a Middle East deployment in October of 2006 and the next month was re-elected. Isett won the 2008 primary and general election with no competition.
If someone chooses to run for the house to represent District 84 they must file no later than January 4th.
The official statement reads as follows:
WEST TEXAS LOSES A TRUE CONSERVATIVE STATESMAN
LUBBOCK, TX—Respected State Representative, Carl Isett, announced today that he will not seek an eighth term to the Texas House of Representatives. Originally elected in 1996, Isett has served the local community for 13 years with honor and distinction.
When asked about his decision to step back from the political spotlight, Isett seemed eager to focus on his bright future. "I am excited to enter a new season of my life," he stated. Isett is known for his strong conservative philosophy and leadership in reforming state government. He served on a myriad of committees during his tenure in office; however, he cites his most significant work as serving on the Appropriations Committee and, most recently, as Chairman of the influential Sunset Commission.
When asked about his immediate future, Isett responded, "I am looking forward to new opportunities and challenges specifically regarding my Navy career." Isett serves in the United States Navy Reserve where he holds the rank of Commander and currently is a Commanding Officer in the Defense Logistics Agency. "Of course, I will also continue to be actively engaged in the discourse of important issues facing our state and a nation," he noted.
"It has been a great honor and blessing to serve the West Texas area," said Isett. "The support that I've been given over the last 13 years has been so humbling, and I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. I want to thank the many members of my staff who gave so much of themselves in the process. Perhaps more important, I want to thank my family for their support through the years and the incredible sacrifices they have made to allow me to serve the citizens of Lubbock."
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