(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Gonzalez of Texas and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will forgo seeking an eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I've been in Congress for 14 years and I want to do something else - what that is, I really don't know. But financially, I would like to be productive and have the resources to make a better life,” Gonzalez, a Democrat, told The San-Antonio Express News on Friday.
Gonzalez represents the Lone Star State's 20th Congressional District, which covers half of San Antonio. He succeeded his father, the late Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, who held the seat from 1961-1998.
A vocal advocate for voting rights, Gonzalez was involved in a lawsuit against the state over a GOP-carved redistricting map that he and other Democratic lawmakers said failed to reflect the growing minority population in Texas.
Gonzalez told the San-Antonio Express news that his decision, though “tremendously emotional,” stemmed from the need to provide financial stability for his family and not from the reapportionment of the new map, which removed downtown San Antonio from his district.
“I still find the job hugely rewarding, but the demands pull me somewhere else,” he said.