Senator Rodríguez to serve four-year term

AUSTIN – Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, drew a four-year term today on the Senate floor.

Because of redistricting that resulted from the 2010 Census, the entire Senate ran for election in November. To get back on track for the staggered four-year terms — whereby half the Senate runs each two-year cycle — Senators drew straws to determine length of term.

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.

In other procedural matters, Sen. Rodríguez Friday was reappointed by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to serve as Vice-Chair of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee and to serve as a member of the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee. He also was appointed to serve as a member of the Criminal Justice and Government Organization committees.

Sen. Rodríguez represents Texas Senate District 29, one of the largest in the Texas Senate. It includes El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties. It also includes the city of El Paso, the sixth-largest in Texas, multiple international crossings, Trans-Pecos ranchland, historic Texas towns, an internationally known arts center, and a portion of the incredible Big Bend State Park.

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