Yesterday rumors were rife that Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) would be resigning his Senate seat. Finally the Texas Tribune ran the story saying Williams “told his staff Wednesday afternoon” that he was resigning.
See Sen. Williams's official annoucement here.
As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Williams was one of the most influential and powerful senators. According to the TT Williams may accept a “government relations position within the Texas A&M University System.” Williams is a Texas A&M graduate. Williams is also a CPA and a TSCPA member; he has been a strong advocate for CPAs in the legislature both as a House member and as a Senator, sponsoring legislation beneficial to CPAs in several sessions.
Today the Quorum Report wrote that Lt. Gov. candidate Sen. Dan Patrick “thanked Sen. Williams for his years of public service” and urged Lt Governor Dewhurst “to move swiftly to fill the [Finance Chair} vacancy.” Not only did Patrick suggest Dewhurst act “swiftly,” he also suggested that Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) should be appointed to chair the Finance Committee during the Interim.