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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 12:46 PM
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7. Texas Senate turnover comes at crucial time
AAS 10/10/11
Texas Senate turnover comes at crucial time

With four veteran committee chairs announcing they won't seek re-election, the Texas Senate is poised for significant turnover after next year's elections.

And while the election is more than a year away, some senators say they expect a political shift to the right in a chamber where members of the majority all consider themselves conservative Republicans.

The shift comes at a time when the Senate, rather than Texas voters, could be called upon to choose the state's next lieutenant governor and possibly governor if Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is elected to the U.S. Senate and if Gov. Rick Perry wins his bid for the presidency.

"A seat in the Texas Senate does not come open very often, and all of a sudden now there are four," said Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, one of the four who have announced their retirements.


Retiring with Shapiro, the longtime chair of the Education Committee, are Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan; Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Chris Harris, R-Arlington; and Economic Development Committee Chairman Mike Jackson, R-LaPorte.

It's hard to imagine the Texas legislature swinging right wing even more. Frankly they're about as far right crazy as they get in this country already.

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