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San Antonio Democrat Leo Pacheco Reportedly Plans To Resign From Texas House Before 2nd Term Ends

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Jordan Vonderhaar
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The Texas Tribune
A special election will take place to fill the seat of state Rep. Leo Pacheco in House District 118, which covers the southern and eastern parts of Bexar County.

State Rep. Leo Pacheco, D-San Antonio, will be switching out his seat in the Texas House for one in a classroom.

Pacheco, who was first elected in 2018, announced that he will be resigning as a representative to teach public administration at San Antonio College, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

A special election will take place to fill his role serving District 118, which covers the southern and eastern parts of Bexar County.

Pacheco was one of seven Democrats who voted in favor of House Bill 1927, allowing permitless carry, for which the Bexar County Democratic Party censured him in May. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law, and it takes effect Sept. 1. Pacheco also did not join his fellow House Democrats in Washington, D.C., starting in July to prevent the state House from conducting business during this year’s first special session.

The representative served as the vice chair of the Higher Education Committee and on the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and the General Investigating Committee.

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