Thursday afternoon, around 3:30pm Central Time, Congressman Randy Neugebauer announced on his official Facebook page that he won't run for re-election in 2016.

After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2016. This was a difficult decision, but I feel this is a good time to end this season of my life and move to another. While I am announcing that I will not seek reelection, I am not retiring from the important work that lies ahead. There are still 15 months left in this Congress, and I am committed to continue to work tirelessly on your behalf until the final gavel ends this Congress and another individual takes that special oath in January of 2017.

Concerning his tenure in Congress, Neugebauer also said, "To say that this has been an honor would be an understatement. Representing the citizens of the Big Country and West Texas has been one of the most rewarding times in my life. Dana and I have had the opportunity to travel this wonderful district and meet many amazing people. Your generous financial support and encouragement along the way has been remarkable."

Neugebauer won a special election in 2003 to replace Larry Combest at the representative for Texas 19.

One month ago, in an interview on KFYO, Congressman Neugebauer was non-committal concerning a run for re-election in 2016.

Just like in 2003 when Combest announced his resignation, it is expected that a bevy of candidates across the 19th District will run in the 2016 Primary Election for their chance to replace Neugebauer.