In a press release announcement today, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) says she will not run for another term in 2012.
For the past 17 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the United States Senate. Working for the citizens and communities of our state is a privilege.
I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012. That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be. In the next two years, you can be assured that I will pursue my duties, and my responsibilities to our state and people, with the same vigor that I have employed during my Senate service.
When my current term is up, I will have served Texas for 19 years in the United States Senate. I intended to leave this office long before now, but I was persuaded to continue in order to avoid disadvantage to our state. The last two years have been particularly difficult, especially for my family, but I felt it would be wrong to leave the Senate during such a critical period. Instead of putting my seat into a special election, I felt it was my duty to use my experience to fight the massive spending that has increased our national debt; the government takeover of the our health care system; and the growth of the federal bureaucracy, which threatens our economy. I will continue that fight until the end of my term in 2012.
Update: Amidst this news, the Cook Political Report today moved this race from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican.“