Rep. Traviesa not seeking re-election
It is startling news as Traviesa just about a week ago was telling a Times reporter that re-election seemed certain. Once a contender for House Speaker and in line to become House education chief in 2009, he reportedly wants to focus on his family and business. Traviesa was first elected in 2004 and represents District 56.
UPDATE: The House Majority Office confirms the news. The Hillsborough County Republican Party will select a nominee to replace Traviesa on the November ballot.
Statement from Rep. Trey Traviesa, R-Tampa:
"When I began my career in public service, I promised myself that I would not become a politician – someone who allows public office to determine the direction of his life. At half-time in my service in the House, I looked ahead to the next two years and realized that it would not be possible to maintain the pace I set during the past four years. While our constitution envisions a part-time, citizen Legislature, for those of us interested in mastering public policy issues and making important, lasting change, the House quickly becomes a full-time job. I have concluded that I will not be able to do the kind of job I expect of myself – the kind of job the people of Tampa Bay expect and deserve – while also fulfilling my paramount responsibilities as a husband and father, as the president of a growing health care business, and as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. As a result, the only right decision is for me to step aside and allow someone else to serve the people of Tampa Bay."
“It has been a privilege to put my heart and soul into my legislative work over the last four years. Until this year, I have been blessed to be able to bring my family with me to Tallahassee, and that they have shared this remarkable experience with me has enriched my service in the House. However, as my elementary school aged children grow and the business opportunities I pursue on their behalf expand, I must focus all my energies on these priorities and walk away.”