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Rep. Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto) announced she would not seek re-election to one of the safest Democratic seats in the Texas Legislature. She is serving her 13th term and is the 8th most senior member of the House.
First elected in 1992, Giddings has received at least 75% of the vote in every election since. She has been opposed in the Democratic primary just twice, receiving 88% of the vote in 2014 and 90% in 2006.
She is the 11th representative, and first Democrat, to leave the House.
Her departure opens the seat for the first time in a generation, likely setting off a hurried scramble among area Democrats.
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