AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas state Sen. Tommy Williams says he won't run for state comptroller, ruling himself out of an already crowded Republican primary field.
Williams is an accountant from The Woodlands and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He briefly considered running for statewide office after Comptroller Susan Combs announced in May she will not seek another term in 2014.
Williams was one of the chief authors of the new state budget. He has clashed with some fiscal conservatives who complain it spends too much money after historic cuts in 2011. Williams has defended the budget as conservative.
Sen. Glenn Hegar of Katy has said he will run for comptroller. Rep. Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville and tea party activist Debra Medina also are considering seeking the Republican nomination.