TX: Moody stripped of House leadership position after leaving state with Democrats

Source: Texas Tribune

“El Paso Democrat Joe Moody was stripped of his position as speaker pro tem of the Texas House on Thursday in the first major backlash for a Democrat who left the chamber to prevent a vote on a GOP priority elections bill. House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Beaumont Republican, announced the removal of Moody as speaker pro tem in a memo Thursday morning before the House was set to return Thursday. He gave no statement but said the removal was effective immediately. … Moody has served as speaker pro tem for two sessions under two speakers. He is one Phelan’s top allies in the Democratic party, and the two have worked together to push bills aimed at making fixes to the state’s criminal justice system. The speaker pro tem performs the duties of the speaker in their absence.” (07/15/21)

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/15/texas-democrat-joe-moody-legislature/