Austin state Rep. Dawnna Dukes absent for more than 50 percent of votes in Texas House during 85th legislative session

Confusion circulated prior to the 85th legislative session over the fate of the Texas House seat held by Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin. In September 2016, Dukes announced she would resign in light of health concerns from a 2013 car accident. A pool of candidates indicated their own desire to replace Dukes as the representative for House District 46. Then, just a day prior to session the start of the session, Dukes indicated she would, in fact, serve her term as representative.  On the heels of this news came the indictment of Dukes on three separate corruption charges. Yet, Dukes still said she would serve. […]


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