State Rep. Leighton Schubert not seeking re-election

State Rep. Leighton Schubert, R-Caldwell, announced Thursday that he is not running for re-election in 2018.

“At the end of the day, I am a family man, and my family comes first,” Schubert said in a statement obtained by The Texas Tribune. “The highest honor of my life is serving as a husband and father. My family has made tremendous sacrifices to allow me to serve in this position and it is time for me to focus more on that role.”

Schubert’s retirement is a surprise. His announcement comes four days before the candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primaries — and two weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed him for re-election.

Schubert was first elected to House District 13 in a special election in 2015. He replaced state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, who had won a promotion to the upper chamber.

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