Tribpedia: 2012 Legislative Election

State Sen. John Carona, right, and Sen. Chris Harris listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to a Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.
State Sen. John Carona, right, and Sen. Chris Harris listen to Sen. Eddie Lucio object to a Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on June 22, 2011.

Harris Won't Run Again; Vandergriff's In

State Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, won't seek another term in the Texas Legislature, he said Monday, and he encouraged Victor Vandergriff to get into the race. UPDATE: Vandergriff says he's in.

Sen. Florence Shapiro (l), R-Plano, visits with Health & Human Services Committee chairman Sen. Jane Nelson on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Florence Shapiro (l), R-Plano, visits with Health & Human Services Committee chairman Sen. Jane Nelson on May 3, 2011.

Higher-Octane Partisans

Partisan changes in the Legislature are on ice for now. The more important game to watch is for which kinds of Republicans and Democrats are coming to Austin every two years.

House Speaker Joe Straus (r) greets Republican members at a press conference after the chamber adjourned sine die on May 30, 2011. Kelly Hancock is in the purple tie to Straus' right.
House Speaker Joe Straus (r) greets Republican members at a press conference after the chamber adjourned sine die on May 30, 2011. Kelly Hancock is in the purple tie to Straus' right.

Fort Worth Senate Race Could Get Crowded, and Quickly

As expected, state Rep. Kelly Hancock, R-Richland Hills, will run for the Texas Senate next year in SD-10, the district currently occupied by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. Hancock is the first challenger to announce, but this could get crowded, and quickly.

Rep. Aaron Pena (R-Edinburg) speaks at the TribLive event at the LBJ School on February 28, 2011
Rep. Aaron Pena (R-Edinburg) speaks at the TribLive event at the LBJ School on February 28, 2011

Peña Intends to Stay in Texas House

The political ambitions of state Rep. Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, have been the subject of speculation since he switched parties prior to the recent legislative session. But he’s announcing today that — for now, at least — he doesn’t intend to go anywhere.