Senators Draw Lots to Determine Terms

Nearly three months after Election Day, the Texas Senate allowed the luck of the draw Wednesday to determine who among them will serve two-year terms and who will serve for four years before their next election.

The unusual practice of drawing for terms traditionally takes place the first session after the Legislature redraws the state’s Senate districts. Last year, all 31 Senate districts were on the ballot. Unless new maps are drawn between now and then, Wednesday’s drawing determined which half of the Senate will be back on the ballot in 2014. The results could help influence some senators’ future ...

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