State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will get to serve a
four-year term before facing a reelection campaign.
State senators on Wednesday drew numbered envelopes to
determine which lawmakers would have to run for reelection in two years and
which would be spared campaigning until another election in four years.
The lottery system is conducted once a decade to coincide
with the redrawing of political boundary lines. It serves as a way to stagger four-year
terms so that lawmakers are not all running for reelection at the same time.
The Senator's office has issued a press release. Below is a portion of the release:
Should he choose to run again, Sen. Rodríguez will be up for re-election in 2016.
"Regardless of term, my
focus has been and will remain on the 83rd Legislature and the
priorities of District 29," Sen. Rodríguez said.
State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will again serve as vice-chair of the Jurisprudence committee in the state Senate.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Friday appointed Rodriguez to the committee, which oversees legislation on civil legal issues. He also named Rodriguez to the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, Criminal Justice and Government Organization committees.
Rodriguez will no longer serve on the Health and Human Services committee as he did last legislative session.
State Rep. Mary Gonzalez will begin her freshman year today as Texas lawmakers return for the 83rd legislative session.
Gonzalez is the first woman to represent the
Lower Valley's District 75 in the Texas House and the first openly gay woman to
be elected to the Texas House.
"I really want to make a difference for my district," Gonzalez said. "Considering all the things that have happened in the recent past, the district just needs to feel positive energy. I worry that with only 55 Democrats and 95 Republicans, it's going to be a lot harder to get things done. As much as I want to do as much as I possibly can there's the reality of political numbers to get things done. And so, that's why in order to be effective I have to have short term and long term goals."
El Paso will also see the return of a familiar face. State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, is returning to the state House after defeating Republican Dee Margo in their third match-up for the seat representing parts of Northeast and West El Paso.
"Having been here and having lost that and not been here and watching what happened last session, the gravity of the job we have to do is not lost on me," Moody said. "I want people back in El Paso to know how much this means to me—not for me, not for my family—I want them to know this is for them. I want to do well and make the people back at home proud."
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