State Rep. Jim Pitts filed paperwork this week to run for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.

Pitts’ filing makes official his run for a ninth term and follows a highly successful campaign kick-off and appreciation reception held recently at his campaign headquarters, where he was joined by his family and hundreds of supporters.

“The outpouring of support and encouragement from this community to run again has been overwhelming,” Pitts said. “Serving the people of this district has always been an honor and what I consider one of the best jobs in the world. I’m asking the voters in District 10 for their support and the opportunity to continue serving them in Austin.”

Pitts was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1992. Prior to his election to the House, Pitts served for 14 years as a member of the board of trustees for Waxahachie ISD, with his final term as president of the board. In addition, Pitts serves on the boards of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie and Nicholas P. Sims Library, and on the board of trustees of Presbyterian Children’s Services. Pitts is a past-president of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and was chosen as Waxahachie’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1999.

Pitts and his late wife, Evelyn, raised three children in Waxahachie: their daughters, Duffy Pitts Bloemendal and Ashley Eastham Pitts, and a son, James Ryan Pitts.

During his service in the Texas House, Pitts has served on various committees, including the Economic Development, Transportation, Financial Institutions, Ways and Means, and State, Federal and International Relations committees. During the 79th legislative session, Pitts served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Pitts has also authored and passed numerous pieces of legislation, addressing local concerns and issues with statewide impacts. Pitts has pushed legislation through the legislative process increasing the economic development opportunities for cities in Ellis and Hill counties, protecting the property rights of residents from the threat of eminent domain and enhancing the educational opportunities in District 10.

During the 2006 special legislative session, Pitts authored and passed House Bill 2, which provided more than $14 billion in property tax relief to Texas homeowners - the largest property tax cut in the state’s history.

“I understand the issues and challenges facing this district and know the people here want strong, conservative leadership from someone who knows the value of a strong home and family,” Pitts said. “I believe I can provide that leadership and use my experience to make District 10 a great place to live and raise a family. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”