Former Rep. Hodge reports to prison

Posted on 22 Jun 2010 at 9:38am
Former state representative Terri Hodge
Former State Rep. Terri Hodge

Former State Rep. Terri Hodge, 69, is to report to federal prison in Kentucky today.

For the LGBT community, there is some bittersweet irony in the date.

This week marks the 15th anniversary of DART adding sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy. And tonight the DART board will consider whether to extend the policy to include gender identity.

Hodge was the DART board member who wrote the sexual orientation language adopted by the board in 1995.

A longtime LGBT ally, Hodge resigned from the Texas Legislature earlier this year and pleaded guilty to tax evasion. She has agreed to cooperate in an ongoing case involving 10 other defendants. In addition to prison, she may have to pay $10,000 in back taxes.

Before leaving for Kentucky, Hodge told a reporter she’s not guilty of more serious bribery charges and implied she was set up politically for being on the wrong side of a number of issues.

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