Davis, Hancock draw short terms in Texas Senate

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AUSTIN - State Sen. Wendy Davis, who survived a hard-fought re-election race in November, faces the prospect of defending her Tarrant County Senate seat again in the 2014 elections after drawing a two-year term in the Senate on Wednesday.

Freshman Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, a former state representative who was elected to the Senate in November, also drew a two-year term. The two other state senators who represent parts of Tarrant County - Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury - drew four-year terms.

The drawing is a constitutionally mandated state Senate ritual that occurs after every redistricting once a decade, when all 31 senators start out in newly drawn districts.

Davis and Hancock both signaled their intentions to seek re-election.

"Obviously I was disappointed but will happily run again on the issues that I know are of concern to the district that I represent," said Davis, a Democrat who is now in her second term.

"We look forward to working with constituents," said Hancock, adding that his immediate focus is on the legislative session. "We're pleased with the draw."

Each senator was required to go to the front of the Senate chamber and draw an envelope with a slip of paper. Patsy Spaw, the Secretary of the Senate, then announced whether the senator had drawn an odd number for a four-year term or an even number for a two-year term.

There has been speculation that Davis would seek a statewide office in 2014.

Dave Montgomery is the Star-Telegram's Austin bureau chief, 512-739-4471

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