MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – An emotional U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway appeared before the community on Wednesday. After nearly fifteen years of service, Conaway announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
The Congressman shared his fondest memories, his highlights as a member of the U.S. House as well as some things he might have done differently, Wednesday.
Following the public announcement, Conaway issued the following statement:
“Representing the people of the 11th District of Texas has been an honor and privilege that I cannot adequately describe. Over the years, Suzanne and I have been blessed to work with the finest group of public servants. They have served unselfishly in an exemplary manner.
“While serving in Congress, I have asked Suzanne and our family to make innumerable sacrifices. She and they have willingly made those necessary sacrifices, but they were still sacrifices. The time has come for me to put Suzanne, my children, and my grandchildren first.
“This chapter in our lives has been more fulfilling than I could ever have imagined. But all things come to an end point, and my 8th term will be mine. I will fulfill my duties to the 11th District by serving the rest of the term.
“I am proud of my career in public service. As a CPA, I think through things in terms of numbers. Including my time in the military, I will have spent 34% of my adult life in public service. I thank each and every person who has given me a helping hand during this journey, including voters, staff, donors, volunteers and friends. I could not have done the job I have done without each of you. My heartfelt thanks to you all.”– U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway
The former Permian Panther accomplished a great deal during his tenure in Washington, after leaving the private sector as an accountant.
Conaway is credited with discovering fraud within the party’s bank accounts back in 2008. He managed to get a farm bill passed through both chambers that brought major changes to the SNAP program and overhauled hemp laws.
Most recently, Conaway became the subject of national attention, leading the House Intel’s Russia investigation. Conaway would become a popular figure as the public, the media and his colleagues waited to hear what his investigation would find.
Ultimately, Conaway’s investigation found no evidence of collusion.
Now, Conaway will step away from Capitol Hill and trade his days in the House Chamber for relaxing moments with family and friends.