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Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon Resigns Early

Texas House of Representatives
Rep. Ruth McClendon on the floor of the Texas House.

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, a San Antonio Democrat, intended to finish out her term before relinquishing her long-held seat.  

But the San Antonio Express-News is reporting the Eastside representative notified Gov.Greg Abbott she will end 20 years of service effective Sunday.

The Eastside representative has battled cancer and other illness for several years.

The governor will now decide on calling a special election.

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.