Pitts, House Budget Writer, Announces Retirement

State Rep. Jim Pitts, a Waxahachie Republican who has served as the chief budget writer for the Texas House for most of the last decade, announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election.

"My goal has been to give my all for those I represent," Pitts said in a statement. "I have done so, now it's time to come home."

Pitts, a lawyer who also runs a title company, was first elected to the House in 1992 and has served as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee five times since 2003. He routinely received praise from colleagues for managing ...

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