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Texas Lawmakers Bid Farewell To Rep Sylvester Turner

Rep. Sylvester Turner with Rep. Gene Wu on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Credit: Laura Isensee As Texas lawmakers sent some last minute bills to the governor, including creating a state gold bullion depository and campus carry, lawmakers in the House also bid a farewell to longtime Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston. His colleagues left their chairs […]


Rep. Sylvester Turner with Rep. Gene Wu on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Credit: Laura Isensee

As Texas lawmakers sent some last minute bills to the governor, including creating a state gold bullion depository and campus carry, lawmakers in the House also bid a farewell to longtime Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston.

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His colleagues left their chairs and surrounded him on the House floor.

They teased Turner for giving essentially the same speech on every bill, but they also complimented him for being the “conscience of the House.”

The Houston Democrat is now running for mayor in a crowded field with the likes of Chris Bell, Ben Hall and Adrian Garcia.

Turner teared up during his final address from the House floor where he’s served for 26 years — what he called his ministry.

He said that he doesn’t want to leave but said that “you have to recognize when your time is up.”

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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