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Rep. James White (File Photo)Rep. James White (File Photo)

By Chris Edwards

Tyler County’s own James White (R-Hillister), who has represented House District 19 in the state legislator, announced last week that he will not seek reelection.

White made the announcement in an interview with a television news station. His current two-year term ends next year, and in comments to the Texas Tribune, he said he is considering a run for a statewide office, just as long as “the people want me to pursue that.”

White has served in the House since 2010, when he was first elected. Prior to that, he was an educator in Woodville ISD. In his time as a state representative, redistricting has shifted the landscape of his district, and while he lost three of the four counties in his original district, he gained four new counties to represent. District 19 comprises Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Hardin and Polk counties.

White said that he will “definitely consider joining the statewide field,” and cited his qualifications and competitiveness.

He currently serves as the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Throughout his tenure, he has served on the Corrections and Redistricting committees, the former of which, he said he is most proud of having served on.

Following the 86th legislative session in 2019, White was named to the Texas Monthly list of the state’s best legislators. He has also earned accolades from organizations such as the Texas Eagle Forum and the National Federation of Independent Business in Texas.

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