HOUSTON - "As soon as I make this announcement, I will no longer be your city councilman by law," Greg Travis told supporters at a River Oaks fundraiser Wednesday evening.
The announcement ends his six-year run as Houston City Council Member, District G.
The moment he announced his bid for State Representative District 133, state law required him to become former City Council Member Greg Travis.
"As a councilman, you’re sort of limited as to what you can do," he said. "But I think I’ll have more ability to help this area up there in the statehouse."
During Wednesday’s city council meeting, Travis announced his request for an investigation by the Texas Rangers into the recent controversy surrounding the Houston Housing Department.
Travis could not tell the Mayor or his fellow council members about the announcement he would make just a few hours later.
"No other council member has ever had to do this and it’s going to disrupt the council a little bit," Travis said. "The good thing is, my staff will still stay and they are very good."
We were unable to get an immediate response from the mayor.
The city must now call a special election within 120 days.