TEXAS — Today, Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), who has served 30 years in the Texas House and chairs the Legislative Study Group, announced he would not be running for re-election.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement in response:
“Chairman Garnet Coleman’s retirement is a loss for the Democratic Caucus, the Texas House and the entire state of Texas. I’m fortunate to have worked with Chairman Coleman for so many years. I consider him a mentor and, more importantly, a friend. His leadership over the past three decades in many policy areas, especially in health care, has impacted and improved the lives of millions of Texans.
“One of the most effective legislators in Texas, Chairman Coleman is a master at writing legislation and then using his muscle and political know-how to get it passed. Chairman Coleman created the state’s children’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, and transformed our state’s mental health policies. And his legacy extends beyond Texas — he was one of only a handful of legislators across the country to help write the actual text and shape the details of the Affordable Care Act, leading to tens of millions of Americans securing affordable health care.
“Garnet’s work ethic, intelligence and passion for public policy have changed the lives of so many Texans for the better. While the Texas House will not be the same without him, the impact he has made will be felt for many years to come in his policy accomplishments, as well as through the many colleagues he has mentored and staff he has trained. I wish Garnet all the best and look forward to working with him for years to come.”