Tommy Williams to Leave Texas Senate

Photo courtesy of Bob Daemmrich, The Texas Tribune

Photo courtesy of Bob Daemmrich, The Texas Tribune

State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, is resigning from the Texas Senate, he told his staff Wednesday afternoon.

Separately, Williams has been approached about a government relations position within the Texas A&M University System, sources with knowledge of the discussions told The Texas Tribune.

Williams, a Texas A&M University alumnus, has served in the state Senate since 2003. Prior to that, he spent five years in the Texas House.

Williams is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and led budget negotiations in the Legislature’s upper chamber. He also serves on the State Affairs, Administration and Open Government committees.

Outside of the Capitol, Williams, a CPA, has served as president of Woodforest Financial Services, an affiliate of Woodforest National Bank. He briefly considered running for comptroller earlier this year.

Ross Ramsey and Aman Batheja co-authored this article.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/02/tommy-williams-leave-senate-and-join-texas-m/. Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

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[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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