Friday, July 5, 2019

#TXLEGE: John Wray Departs (one term short of pension vesting)

"Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge."
Hebrews 13:4

State Rep. John Wray, a Waxahachie Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for reelection to the Texas House in 2020.

"These elected jobs are not meant to be lifetime positions," Wray said in a news release. "It is time for me to return full time to Ellis County and join my fellow citizens to elect the next conservative state representative."

Wray was first elected to the lower chamber in 2014 to represent House District 10, a safe Republican seat that includes Ellis County and parts of Henderson County. During this year's legislative session, he served as vice chair of the House Public Health Committee.
There's nothing inherently wrong with a member deciding against reelection.  Still, the timing is...oddWhy make such an announcement over a holiday weekend?!?

Furthermore consider: John Wray is one session away from having his state pension vest.  Yet, he's walking away.  Strange.

Bottom Line:  It takes a man of strong moral character to walk away from a public pension.  Perhaps John Wray is such a man.  Or, perhaps, there's more to this story....

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