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Ogden Will Not Run Again for State Senate
Houston County Courier - September 2009
BRYAN - Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced on Thursday, Sept. 10 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 of Representatives.
Senator Ogden said, "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. I worked for the expansion, improvement and stabilization of public healthcare programs for the most needy and vulnerable Texans. I was a consistent advocate for state employees, ensuring that they had fair wages, secure retirement programs, and the tools they needed to do their jobs. And I fought to protect children, including those not yet born.
"As chairman of Senate Finance for six years and a member of the Senate Finance or House Appropriations committees for 10 more, I have tried to ensure that the taxpayers' money was spent as carefully as I would spend my own. Texas today is in better fiscal shape than most states. We face a challenging future with confidence and money in the bank. Our state is strong and secure for many reasons, key among them that our budgets are balanced and our spending is under control.
"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.