Texas state legislative special elections, 2013

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As of September 2014, two special elections have been scheduled for the Texas State Legislature in 2013. These election were called to fill vacancies in Texas State Senate District 6 and Texas House of Representatives District 50.

How vacancies are filled

If there is a vacancy in the Texas Legislature, the governor must call a special election to fill the vacant seat.[1] A governor's proclamation to a special election must be delivered to local elections authorities representing the vacant seat no later than 36 days before the scheduled election.[2]

The secretary of state can declare a candidate duly elected in a special election if there is no opposition.[3]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 18
     Vacancy 1
Total 31

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 55
     Republican Party 94
     Vacancy 1
Total 150

Special elections

January 26, 2013



March 2, 2013



November 5, 2013



See also

References

  1. Texas Legislature, "Election Code," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 3.003 (3))
  2. Texas Legislature, "Election Code," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 3.003 (3)(b)-(c))
  3. Texas Legislature, "Election Code," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 2.055 (3)(b)-(c))
  4. Chron.com, "Bitter District 6 race ends with Saturday runoff," February 26, 2013
  5. Dallas Morning News, "Houston special election for late state senator’s seat heading into runoff," January 26, 2013
  6. Texas Tribune, "Packed Field Could Mean a Runoff in SD-6," January 2, 2013
  7. The Republic, "Alvarado, Garcia, Bray vying to replace deceased Gallegos in Texas Senate special election," November 12, 2012
  8. The Dallas Morning News, "Governor sets special election for senate seat in Houston area," December 13, 2012
  9. Your Houston News, " Third candidate joins race for late Senator seat," December 28, 2012
  10. Chron.com, "Bitter District 6 race ends with Saturday runoff," February 26, 2013
  11. Dallas Morning News, "Houston special election for late state senator’s seat heading into runoff," January 26, 2013
  12. Texas Tribune, "Packed Field Could Mean a Runoff in SD-6," January 2, 2013
  13. The Republic, "Alvarado, Garcia, Bray vying to replace deceased Gallegos in Texas Senate special election," November 12, 2012
  14. The Dallas Morning News, "Governor sets special election for senate seat in Houston area," December 13, 2012
  15. Your Houston News, " Third candidate joins race for late Senator seat," December 28, 2012
  16. KHOU.com, "Garcia wins special runoff election for state Senate seat," March 2, 2013
  17. texastribune.org, "Special Election to Replace Strama Set for Nov. 5," July 11, 2013
  18. sos.state.tx.us, "Candidates for House of Representatives, District 50 Special Election," accessed September 6, 2013
  19. team1.sos.state.tx.us, "Unofficial election results," November 5, 2013
  20. Texas Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed February 21, 2014