Leticia Van de Putte

Ryan Lloyd / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal is accusing rival Leticia Van de Putte of violating the city’s campaign finance law and says he plans to file a formal ethics complaint with the city.

Her campaign says she's done nothing wrong.

Shelley Kofler / TPR News

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has set an emergency special election for March 31 to fill Texas House District 124’s vacant seat. Then State Rep. José Menéndez won a runoff election last month to replace Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Like Menéndez, Van de Putte is a San Antonio Democrat, but left the upper chamber to run for mayor.

The special election will replace Menéndez, who formally moved from the House to the Senate in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday.

Ryan E. Poppe

Hundreds of people were on hand Wednesday at the State Capitol to witness the swearing in of San Antonio’s newest Senator, Democrat José Menéndez.

A crowd gathered in the chamber of the Texas Senate quickly became a who’s who of San Antonio officials, past and present, all in Austin to be part of Menendez’s move from the House to the Senate. He spent  14 years serving San Antonio in the Texas House.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

After serving 24 years in the Texas Legislature, eight in the House and 16 in the Senate, Leticia Van de Putte said goodbye to Austin.

Tuesday was her last day representing San Antonio from Senate District 26.

Shelley Kofler / TPR News

A bitter battle between two state representatives and friends ended last night, with José Menéndez upsetting Trey Martinez Fischer, to win the Texas Senate seat long held by Leticia Van de Putte.

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