Candidates can officially file for the March 7th primaries in Texas Saturday, but there's one familiar name that won't be on the ballot.
Pete Laney will not seek re-election. The Hale Center Democrat was first elected to the Texas House in 1973. He was the House Speaker from 1993 until 2002 when the Republicans became the majority. Laney has played an integral role in securing funding for Texas Tech University.
Texas Tech Chancellor David Smith tells NewsChannel 11 Laney's service will have a lasting and positive impact. And fellow House member, Delwin Jones, also commented on Friday's announcement.
"It's a big loss to all of us because 33 years of building contacts throughout state government are real helpful to use in this area and losing those contacts will dilute our strength of representation," said Jones.
A Plainview businessman could succeed Laney. Jim Landtroop has announced his intent to run for District 85 on the Republican ticket.