State Rep. Rick Miller is putting rumors to rest: He is withdrawing his name for the shortlist of candidates for the job of commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Miller announced Tuesday that he will instead run for reelection for his Texas House District 26 seat in 2020.

Miller was tabbed by Gov. Greg Abbott for the position, and seemed opened to taking the position. But the Republican felt he is better served in the Legislature.

“It was a great honor to be considered for such a critical position. However, after further consideration, it is clear to me that I can continue to make positive impacts within the DFPS system by remaining a leader on these issues in the Texas House,” Miller said in a statement.

“As your State Representative, I will continue to champion policies that incorporate Trauma-Informed Care for everyone who touches the life of a foster child.”

Miller’s decision eliminates a possible special election for his seat this November and will run again in 2020. Miller defeated Democrat Sarah DeMerchant by only four percentage points in 2018, 52% to 48%. That is closer than in 2016 when Miller defeated DeMerchant 57% to 42%.

“I am humbled that the great people of District 26 have elected me to serve four terms in the Texas House, and my hope is that I have worked to earn their trust to serve another term in 2020. I remain committed and focused on my re-election campaign,” Miller said.

After Miller announced his plans in late July to leave the Legislature, six Republicans and one Democrat have announced plans to fill his seat in House District

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