The results are in from the runoff in the special election in Senate District 22. Republican Brian Birdwell, a retired Army officer, defeated former state senator David Sibley by getting 58 percent of the vote to Sibley’s 42 percent. Birdwell will represent the district through January, the remainder of former Sen. Kip Averitt’s current term.
Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) filed the official paperwork Tuesday to challenge fellow Republican Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House.
Gov. Rick Perry has set Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, as the special election date to fill the Texas House District 84 seat vacated by the resignation of former Rep. Carl H. Isett (R-Lubbock). The state representative elected in this special election will serve out the remainder of Rep. Isett’s unexpired term.
Speaking of Governor Perry, he is in China attending the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, which is expected to draw 70 million visitors from more than 170 nations.