SEN: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is reportedly one of four people being interviewed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tomorrow (Saturday) to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If Cornyn were to lead the bureau, Gov. Greg Abbott would appoint a replacement to serve until a special election – likely in November 2017 – would determine who would fill his unexpired term (Cornyn is up for re-election in 2020.). Every sitting member of Congress or the Legislature, and every statewide elected official, could run in that special election without having to leave their current office.

CD7: Houston attorney Elizabeth Fletcher filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) as a Democrat. She is at least the eighth person to take a formal step of running for the seat as a Democrat.

CD21: Austin resident Mary Wilson has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) as a Democrat. At least 10 Democrats have taken a formal step toward entering the race.

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