If Galveston County Judge Mark Henry chooses to run for land commissioner, what happens to the government he’s currently running?

A Henry campaign consultant Tuesday confirmed Henry was getting calls about joining the race to replace incumbent land commissioner George P. Bush, who’s leaving the office to run for Texas attorney general.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(5) comments

Carlos Ponce

Interesting - On the November 8, 1960 ballot, Lyndon Johnson was on there twice, running for the US Senate seat he held and vice president of the United States. He won his Senate contest beating John Tower. "After Johnson resigned as senator, Tower won the special election to fill the seat, becoming the first Texas Republican senator since Reconstruction."


"On April 27, 1959, both houses of the Texas legislature passed a bill that allowed a person's name to appear on the Texas general election ballot both as a candidate for president or vice-president of the United States and for a state-wide office. The new law, passed specifically for Johnson, allowed him to run for re-election to the U. S. Senate while at the same time running for president or vice-president on the national ticket should he get the nomination. The vote in the Texas House of Representatives was 129 for the bill and 15 against. In the senate the vote was 31-0 in favor of the bill. All 31 state senators were listed as sponsors."


Gary Scoggin

I believe this also happened with Lloyd Bentsen when he was Micheal Dukakis’ running mate and, in the same election, ran for re-election to the Senate.

James Lippert

The logical thing to do is for the four (4) remaining County Commissioners to hold a session and decide out of their ranks which among them is the most experienced to take the reigns and act as County Judge Pro Tempore. Then hold an an Election this coming May to allow the Public to choose the permanent County Judge.

Ted Gillis

That is all true about the VP and Senate campaigns for both Johnson and Bentsen.

However that is not always the case in other campaigns. Take for example Beto. He choose not run for re-election for Congress while seeking his bid for Senate. I’m not even sure how that would work. What happens if you win both?

Gary Scoggin

I believe that the law allowing Johnson and Bentsen to run for two offices at once only applies to a statewide office and a national election.

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