Ogden seeking re-election to state senate

State Sen. Steve Ogden filed Thursday to return to the State Senate District 5 seat he has held since 1997. State Sen. Steve Ogden filed Thursday to return to the State Senate District 5 seat he has held since 1997. As expected, State Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) announced last week that he will seek re-election to his District 5 seat.

Ogden had previously said he would not seek a new term and was considering his options.

That all changed when State Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown) unexpectedly announced two weeks ago he was dropping out of the race to succeed Ogden.

At that time Gattis said the senator had assured him Odgen would change his mind and run for re-election.

Ogden apologized af ter he issued his re-election statement Thursday.

“It made it look like there is political collusion and calculation,” Ogden said. “This had all the appearance of something like that and I apologize.”

Ogden said he has been seriously considering a run for congress against U. S. Representative Chet Edwards (D-Waco) until Gattis revealed he was considering getting out of the state senate race.

Ogden said his decision always came back to “can you do more for the state of Texas in the Texas Senate or as a freshman Republican in the U. S. Congress.”

His re-election announcement echoed that decision:

“While Texas state government is in good shape relative to other states, I’m concerned about the effects of the current recession on the state’s next budget,” Ogden said.

“After discussion with my family, who have been so supportive of me over the last 20 years, I have decided to seek re-election,” he said.

“The strength of our state government is directly related to the health of our state’s economy. Though government does not create an economy, it can surely affect it. I have the experience and philosophy to help steer our state through the storm without harm to our economy,” Ogden said.

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