A man who has served over two decades on the Texas State Board of Education told 12News Monday he will not seek an 8th term.

David Bradley’s term as the District 7 member expires Jan. 1, 2019. He was first elected in 1996.

“It was a great honor to serve the people of Texas. My colleagues and I have ensured quality curriculum in our schools, while pushing back against far-left political pressure to water down textbooks and academics throughout our Texas classrooms. Protecting and prudently investing the $35 billon Permanent School Fund that ensures free textbooks for Texas students was a passion. Building a successful Charter School program that provides school choice for thousands of parents and kids is my greatest reward. My thanks go to the many grassroots Texans who gave me their tireless support — they are the ones who made these accomplishments possible,” stated Bradley.

As a member of the State Board of Education, Bradley represents Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Tyler counties, as well as parts of Fort Bend County.