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Texas lawmaker gives up chairmanship after sexting probe


January 4, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a University of Texas graduate student is giving up control of the chamber's powerful Health and Human Services Committee.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Republican Charles Schwertner wrote to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, on Friday and asked to relinquish his chairmanship. Schwertner was re-elected in November.

He wrote: "I have asked not to serve in that capacity this session" to focus on district policy issues and "spend more time with my family." The legislativ...

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