On the same day she publicly announced that she would drop her reelection bid and plead guilty in federal court to making false statements on an income tax return, State Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, wrote a letter to her House colleagues to say good-bye and apologize. The Texas Tribune obtained a copy, which is posted here as a PDF.
In the Feb. 3 letter, Hodge asked forgiveness for any poor reflection her "heavily publicized problems" may have created for her colleagues. She thanked them and wrote that she would "remember fondly just about every day I served in the Legislature with you."
Hodge was slated to stand trial after the March 2 primary election on federal charges that she accepted housing and other benefits in exchange for her support of a developer’s projects.