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San Antonio Democrat Leo Pacheco reportedly plans to step down from Texas House before his second term expires


State Representative Leo Pacheco, D-San Antonio, will replace his seat in the Texas House with one in a classroom.

First elected in 2018, Pacheco announced, according to San Antonio Express-News, that he will step down as a representative to teach public administration at San Antonio College.

A special election will be held to fill his role in District 118, which includes the southern and eastern parts of Bexar County.

Pacheco was one of seven Democrats to vote for the 1927 House Law that allowed unauthorized wear, for which the Bexar County Democratic Party reprimanded him in May. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill, and it goes into effect September 1st. Pacheco also refused to join his Democrats in the Washington, DC House of Representatives as of July to prevent the State House from doing business during this year’s first special session.

The representative was deputy chairman of the university committee as well as the committee for approval and administrative procedures and the general committee of inquiry.

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