State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, announced plans to seek re-election to represent Texas Senate District 7 in the 88th Texas Legislature, in a June 7 news release.

Bettencourt was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2014 to represent District 7, which encompasses most of northwest Harris County, including the communities of Spring, Cy-Fair and Tomball. He serves as chairman of the Committee on Local Government, and also serves on committees for criminal justice, education, finance and the Special Committee on Redistricting.

At the conclusion of the 87th Texas Legislature May 31, Bettencourt had authored, sponsored, co-sponsored, joint authored or co-authored 101 bills that were passed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, some of which have already been signed into law, the release states.

Bettencourt will also represent District 7 in the Texas Legislature's upcoming special session, during which the Legislature will reconvene for the redistricting process as well as for any other items Abbott "deems to be a priority," the release states.

Prior to becoming a state senator, Bettencourt served as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector from 1998-2008.