State senator announces resignation amid congressional run

July 23, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Houston Democratic state Sen. Sylvia Garcia is announcing her resignation from the Texas Legislature effective in January as she runs for a U.S. House seat she will almost certainly win.

Garcia submitted a resignation letter on Monday to Gov. Greg Abbott, saying she’ll leave her post Jan. 2. She asked him to set a special election to replace her on Nov. 6, when midterm elections take place nationwide.

In March, Garcia captured her party’s nomination to succeed retiring Congressman Gene Green in a district that is strongly Democratic. That made her race this fall against little-known Republican Phillip Aronoff look like merely a formality.

Garcia’s Texas Senate seat is also heavily Democratic and isn’t expected to flip after a special election date has been finalized.