State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Southside Place) on Wednesday announced she is seeking re-election for Senate District 17, which includes Bellaire.
Huffman won the seat following a hard-fought campaign against former congressman Chris Bell to replace long-time legislator Kyle Janek, who resigned to move to Austin.
She called it “an honor” to have served the people of the district and said she was looking forward to the challenges of the next legislative session.
“Looking forward, I will continue to work on overcoming the great challenges our region has faced and crafting solutions to those which lie ahead,” Huffman said in making her announcement. “The 82nd Legislature will carefully consider many critical issues, including the evolving economic environment, population growth, education, redistricting, transportation, healthcare and border security.”
During her tenure in the state senate, Huffman was named a “Legislator of the Year for Children” by Children At Risk and received the Patient Care Champion Award by Harris County Medical Society. She was also honored by Texans for Lawsuit Reform with the Civil Justice Award and as a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business.
Recently Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed Huffman to serve on the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, in addition to serving on the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Government Organization Committee.
Huffman’s district encompasses all or part of 34 cities and 29 school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties.
After a heated campaign with a field of six candidates and a special election, she was elected to fill Janek’s vacated seat last December.