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August 23, 2013

State Rep. Pitts says he’s calling it quits

Republican who represents portions of HC has held office since 1993

ATHENS — Voters in part of western Henderson County learned on Thursday that the man who had become their state representative in 2013 is planning on retiring and will not seek re-election in 2014.

The 10th District State Representative Jim Pitts of Waxahachie has held office since 1993 and as Chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee has been the chief budget writer for the state. 

“My goal has been to give my all for those I represent,” Pitts said in a statement released from his office. “I have done so. Now it's time to come home.”

Since January, 2013, Pitts has added a portion of western Henderson County to his Ellis County constituency.

Pitts’ district includes four boxes  from Henderson County voting precincts IA, IM, 1T and 1TC, which casts a total of 1,357 ballots in the 2012 Republican Primary.  Pitts received 691 in the 4-person race for 50.2 percent. The bulk of Pitt’s district is in Ellis County where 13,224 votes were cast, more than 60 percent going to Pitts.

According to an Associated Press story, Pitts’ work on the budget has been a polarizing issue, with many conservative Republicans thinking he was too moderate in his appropriations.

“It is my hope that the traditions of bipartisanship and collegiality that I have always tried to adhere to will continue to live on in the Texas Legislature,” Pitts said.

Pitts’ connection to Henderson County came long before the 2011 redistricting battle in which part of Lance Gooden’s Fourth District was pared off and added to the Tenth.  Pitts’ late mother and father, Roy and Agnes Pitts, were longtime residents of Star Harbor. Roy was a member of the Henderson County Bar Association prior to his death, and his mother remained at Star Harbor until her death in 2011.

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