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SD - 4: Tommy Williams (R) to Resign from Texas Senate

by: Joseph Vogas

Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

In a surprise move, yesterday, Senator Tommy Williams (R - The Woodlands) announced he will resign from the Texas Senate.  Sen. Williams is resigning to take a government relations position at his alma mater, Texas A&M. Sen. Williams, a CPA, served as Chairman of the Senate's Finance Committee this past session. Originally, Williams had been viewed as one of the more conservative members of the Texas Senate, he was the sponsor of the 2010 voter ID bill; but once he became the Chair of Finance, he transformed into one of the over-all saner members of the Republican caucus. As the Finance Chair, he had been known to draw the ire of the hyper-conservative Empower Texans and Michael Quinn Sullivan on a regular basis.

Sen. Williams was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2002, and before that he served in the Texas House, starting in 1997. Today, SD - 4 contains all of Jefferson and Chambers Counties and parts of Harris and Montgomery Counties. Rep. Brandon Creighton (R), who is currently running for Agriculture Commissioner, has said he is "considering all options" regarding his political future and may switch to running for the open Texas Senate seat. Other State House members who represent land within SD - 4 include: Rep. Joe Deshotel (D), Rep. Allan Ritter (R), Rep. Wayne Smith (R), Rep. Steve Toth (R), Rep. Cecil Bell (R), and the retiring Rep. Craig Eiland (D). President Barack Obama got 28.79% of the vote in SD - 4 in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Sen. Tommy Williams was not scheduled to face the voters until 2016. His pending resignation means a special election will take place at a future, currently unknown, date; likely during the 2014 primaries. Whomever wins will need to face the voters again in 2016 as they run for a full four year term.

Sen. Williams statement regarding his intention to resign is after the jump.

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Friday Wrap: Steve Toth, Taxes for Transportation, Beaumont, Birth Control, and Ted Cruz

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM CST

It's Friday, and that means it's time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

But first, a video because it's Friday and this video is awesome:

There's a lot going on this weekend:

The Texas Democratic Women hold their state convention in Austin this weekend, and the statewide Save Our Schools rally is Saturday at the Capitol.  

Below the jump, read more about Steve Toth, Taxes for Transportation, Beaumont, Birth Control, and Ted Cruz.

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