A pair of mid-afternoon announcements and one U.S. Senate vote left two important chairs empty and opened the possibility that another incumbent legislator might leave before his term is over.

HD28: Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, announced he would resign effective September 30.

Rep. John Zerwas

Rep. John
Zerwas

I have served under three speakers, and each of them gave me incredible opportunities to lead for which I am grateful,” Zerwas said in a statement. “Although I am leaving elected office, I look forward to continuing to serve Texas in another capacity.”

His resignation would require a special election, which is unlikely to coincide with the November general election and will instead fall somewhere during the 2020 primary schedule.

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