- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Greg Abbott has set an emergency special election for March 31 to fill Texas House District 124’s vacant seat.

State Rep. Jose Menendez won a runoff election last month to replace Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Like Menendez, Van de Putte is a San Antonio Democrat, but left the upper chamber to run for mayor.

The special election will replace Menendez, who formally moved from the House to the Senate in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday. Its winner will finish Menendez’s two-year term.

The legislative session began Jan. 13 but has featured a series of special elections. Some senators left to assume new statewide elected posts, and House members replaced them in the Senate, thus creating more legislative vacancies.

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