Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) announced they would not seek re-election, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) announced he is running for Congress.
Lucio’s decision to retire reverses his previous announcement he would seek another term and marks the end of a legislative career that began with his election to the House in 1986. He was first elected to the Senate in 1990 and re-elected 10 times. After defeating eventual Sen. Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen) in the 1992 Democratic primary and eventual Rep. Miguel Wise (D-Weslaco) in the 1994 primary, Lucio did not face opposition from his own party or Republicans until 2016. In 2020, he came up just short of a majority (49.8%) and was forced into a Democratic runoff against Sara Stapleton-Barrera, which he won, 54%-46%.
Stapleton-Barrera, McAllen attorney Morgan LaMantia and Rep. Alex Dominguez (D-Brownville) are considering running for open SD27 (Lean D). Many Capitol insiders had long expected Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) would succeed his father, but the younger Lucio previously announced he was retiring from the legislature and not planning on seeking elective office in 2022. “I wish I could hand him the baton,” the elder Lucio said during his announcement event in Harlingen. “But he’s got important things to do.”
Frullo was first elected in 2010 and got a head start on his classmates because he also won a concurrent special election for the last two months of former Rep. Carl Isett’s (R-Lubbock) unexpired term. He was re-elected five times.
Rodriguez was first elected in 2002 and won re-election nine times. He sought a promotion to the Senate in 2020 via special election, in which he finished second (34%) behind then-Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (49.7%). Rodriguez withdrew from the runoff and continued his re-election campaign.
They become the fourth senator and 18th and 19th House members elected to the 87th Legislature who will not be returning.
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