John Lujan’s seemingly improbable special runoff election win last night invokes a little history, and it isn’t favorable for the new Rep.-elect.

On December 18, 2007, Fort Worth attorney Dan Barrett, a Democrat, won a special runoff election, 52%-48%, over pediatrician Mark Shelton to claim the unexpired term of former Rep. Anna Mowery (R-Fort Worth). He was sworn in on December 31, 2007. He participated in the interim hearings for the committees to which he was assigned. His signature is on the interim report of the Committee on Land and Resource Management, dated November 15, 2008. He never took a vote on the House floor, and he never filed a bill.

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