State representative announces she will not run for re-election
Dec. 9, 2011 at 6:09 a.m.
Updated Dec. 10, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.
Geanie MORRISON CAREER at a Glance
Served seven terms in Texas Legislature representing District 30
Appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Vice-chair of the House Committee on Human Services
Chair of the house Committee on Higher Education for three legislative sessions
Co-chair of the National Council of State Legislatures - Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education and as a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States
Co-chair the Education Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures
National Summit steering committee for the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Vice chair of the National Council of State Legislatures Standing Committees for 2007-08
Appointed by the governor to the Southern Regional Education Board
Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as Legislator of the Year and received the Texas Higher Education Leadership Star Award.
Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Texas Regional Collaboratives, received the Educational Testing Services Legislative Excellence in Education Award, the Texas Community College Teachers Association Legislator of the Year Award, and has been recognized as one of South Texas' Women of the Year.
Victoria Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in 2009.
Texas Taxpayer Advocate Award by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, and she earned a 100-percent rating by the Texas Conservative Coalition, 2009 and 2011.
State Rep. Geanie W. Morrison announced Friday afternoon that she will not seek the House District 32 seat that was recently redrawn by a federal court.
Her announcement came just hours before the U.S. Supreme Court decided to block the San Antonio federal court's plan to redraw state legislative and congressional district maps. The high court said it would hear arguments in the case on Jan. 9.
However, Morrison could not be reached again late Friday, so it was unclear whether the high court's decision would alter Morrison's announcement to end her legislative service.
Morrison previously represented House District 30, which was dissolved when the federal court redrew the map passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the Crossroads area for more than a decade," Morrison said. "I am extremely disappointed that a federal court did not respect the will of the people and took the redistricting process out of their hands."
Morrison has served in the Texas Legislature since 1999.
"Geanie Morrison has been a strong advocate for Victoria and the surrounding region," said Victoria Country Republican County Chairman Michael Cloud. "Her years of service have made a positive impact, not only in our region, but across the nation.
"It is unfortunate that, as fall out from the federal overreach into state matters, we may not have a Victorian to represent us in the state house."
Under the new map, Morrison would have to spend a substantial amount of time away from her family in the areas of the district she has not represented.
"I have long been committed to serving the people of Texas, and I plan to continue to do so," said Morrison. "However, at this time it is critical for me to devote my attention to taking care of my family, especially over the next few months."
Morrison said she would have to run for re-election under the map originally passed by the Texas Legislature, which kept House District 30 intact.
Morrison also said her decision not to run was also influenced by a serious illness in her family.
"It's been such a privilege to serve my constituents down through the years," she said. "With family issues, I feel like at this time I need to be staying at home and taking care of a family member who is ill and not say that I can be out of my area to campaign in the district that the federal court drew."
So far, there are no Republican or Democrat candidates from Victoria challenging Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi.
"The residents of our district deserve a Legislature that is going to take into account the needs of our area and is willing to be pragmatic and work with both sides of the aisle to get the job done and find solutions to tough problems," said Victoria County Democrat Chairman Kelli Gill.
Hunter, the remaining candidate for the Republican nomination for House District 32, said he looks forward to representing Victoria under the new maps drawn by the courts.
"I respect Geanie very much. She has been a friend of mine for many years, and I hope the best for her," Hunter said. "I plan to be in Victoria every week and I look forward to working hard to represent District 32 in the best way possible. I encourage everyone to contact me for any information about me and my positions in the Legislature."