SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- After serving in the Texas House since 2003, State Representative Larry Phillips says he's not seeking re-election in 2018.
"So for eight sessions I've had the opportunity to represent three wonderful counties: Fannin, Grayson and Delta counties," said Phillips.
He told us it's his time to step down to spend more time practicing at his law firm and being with his family.
"Look forward to getting back and involved more here locally," said Phillps.
Phillips has served in the transportation, insurance and homeland security committees during his tenure and he says his most significant accomplishments dealt with second amendment rights and pro-life legislation.
"Enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with legislation and helped pass the Texas open carry law two sessions ago," said Phillips. "Being involved with the choose life license plate."
Now his spot is up for grabs. Those looking to fill his position are the former Sherman city councilman,Kevin Couch, Brent Lawson from Van Alstyne or the chairman of the Grayson County Republican Party Reggie Smith, whom Phillips said he will support to fill his place.
"Whoever gets down there needs to be willing to work hard," said Phillips. "Be willing to communicate, realize other people have good ideas and work through those and at the end of the day represent your district. Don't represent people in Austin, you need to represent your people here."
Election for Phillips' seat is set for next year.