This Week in Texas: June 20, 2012

Posted June 20, 2012 in The Mignon Memo

Governor Rick Perry set Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as the special election date to fill the House District 144 seat vacated by the death of Rep. Ken Legler  (R-Pasadena). The legislator elected in this special election will serve out the remainder of Legler’s unexpired term.  Legler’s widow, Barbara Legler, announced that she will run in the special election.

Texas A&M University has been chosen as the location of one of three centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing.  The Texas A&M System will receive a $286 million federal contract to develop a new national center for researching and manufacturing drugs to respond to pandemic diseases and bioterrorism.  A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the project would create about 1,000 jobs in Texas, mostly in the Brazos Valley.

Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough, the two candidates competing in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, will participate in a televised debate on June 26. Dallas PBS affiliate KERA will host the one-hour debate.  KERA will also host a debate this Friday, June 22 between Republican candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst.