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For state senators, term lengths are ‘luck of the draw’


Every ten years, Texas State Senators take part in a unique tradition to learn their term length.

The senators gather during the regular legislative session after redistricting takes place and draw for either a two- or four-year term in the Texas State Senate.

Wednesday, after lawmakers returned from the holiday weekend, they learned how long they will serve their district.

State Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) drew a four-year term, while State Senators Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) and Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) drew a two-year term.

"After being re-elected to the State Senate last November, I am pleased to have drawn a four-year term today on the Senate Floor," Sen. Eltife said. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Senate District 1."

"It is one of the greatest honors of my life to represent Senate District 3 in the Texas Senate, added Senator Robert Nichols. "Regardless of whether I drew a '2' or a '4' today, I would continue to serve my constituents in the same manner and to work diligently for their interests. I look forward to further achievements for our Senate District and state."

These new term lengths will run until another round of redistricting takes effect, which is expected to be in 2022.

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