Sen. Sylvia Garcia
Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia defeated Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) to win the special election for Senate District 6, left vacant last year by the death of longtime Sen. Mario Gallegos. Garcia, who led the field going into the runoff, won with 53% of about 18,000 ballots cast. Canvassing the votes may take as long as two weeks, delaying Garcia’s swearing in until mid-March. Rep. Alvarado returns to her duties in the House.