Congressman Pete Olson announced last week that he would not be seeking a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Olson, who represents Alvin, Manvel, Pearland, Sugar Land and more in Congress, said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to represent the people of the 22nd District of Texas for the past decade in Congress,” Olson said. “Following graduation from the University of Texas School of Law, my adult life has been spent honorably serving our nation: first as an officer and pilot in the United States Navy, then to the halls of the United States Senate working with two of Texas’ greatest senators, and, most incredibly, as the voice in Congress for the amazing people who call the 22nd District home.”
Olson said serving in Congress has been an amazing honor.
“For six terms, the voters of our district have placed their faith in me to represent their concerns in the House of Representatives,” he said. “The time I have spent working with them and for them has been a tremendous blessing. It is truly impossible to quantify how many inspiring, generous, heroic and kind-hearted neighbors I have been fortunate to meet, work with and learn from throughout my time in Congress. But, it has also come at great personal sacrifice to my family. My amazing wife, Nancy, has carried the lion’s share of parenting our two great children. Her mother has suffered health issues that require more care and attention. As someone who has long advocated for policies that put our families first, it’s time for me to take my own advice and be a more consistent presence to help our family. To that end, while I will complete my term in the 116th Congress, I will not be seeking re-election.”
As he finishes up his career in politics, Olson said he is confident good people will step up to take his place. Three candidates have already announced plans to run, and with Olson stepping aside, more are likely.
“Protecting our future and preserving our exceptional nation are the reasons I first ran for Congress,” Olson said. “My constant focus was to strengthen our national security, expand our economy to provide more opportunities for hard-working Texas families, and limit the power of the federal government over our lives and businesses. Now, it’s time for another citizen-legislator to take up this mission, not to make a career out of politics, but to help lead in the cause of empowering our people, defending our liberties, and making sure America remains the greatest nation in history.”
After his announcement, many national and local leaders praised Olson for his service.
“From flying in a cockpit as a U.S. Navy pilot to serving his constituents in Houston, Pete has demonstrated exemplary commitment to service and country,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “He led from the front in everything he has taken on, including championing domestic energy production policies and serving as a strong advocate of the most comprehensive tax reform in a generation, which helped bring about our current thriving economic conditions. And most importantly, when a devastating hurricane hit his district, Pete stepped up and made it a priority to find available resources to help communities recover and rebuild. We are glad to have had his leadership in our conference and his policy acumen and counsel will be missed, but I know he will continue to do great things for our nation when he begins the next chapter of his career.”
Alvin City Councilman Joel Castro expressed his regret to see Olson announce his departure from the House.
“I think he has served our congressional district very well for over a decade. I’ll miss him. It’s unfortunate that he’s not seeking re-election because I think he’d do a phenomenal job the next two years as a congressman. He was a mentor to me; he helped me a lot, guiding me, teaching me how to be a better elected official and serve the people well, but he’ll always be a friend and I’m excited to see who will win the nomination for the Republican Party and be the next congressman,” Castro said.