In rare maneuver, 2 Rio Grande Valley senators draw lots and get short terms

LEFT: Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor) RIGHT: Morgan LaMantia is pictured Nov. 8, 2022, in Harlingen. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

In a once-in-a-decade rule, Texas senators in Austin drew lots to decide who is serving two-year terms and who is serving four-year terms.

And two legislators from the Rio Grande Valley drew the short straws.

Both Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and first-time Sen. Morgan LaMantia, D-South Padre Island, drew the lots that landed them the short terms.

The unusual rule comes from the Texas Constitution, which requires all Texas Senate members elected after redistricting to draw lots to make the determination, according to a news release.

In a statement, Hinojosa said he is honored that his constituents once again voted for him and placed their trust in him.

“By drawing a two-year term, I look forward to the opportunity for reelection next year. I will work tirelessly this session to continue addressing issues that are a priority for our families, the business community, and that improve our quality of life and the Texas economy,” he said in the statement. “I will do so by focusing on bread and butter issues such as education, health care, inflation, job training, and investing in infrastructure.”

As of early Friday afternoon, LaMantia had not made a statement on social media or issued a news release.

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