BREAKING: Longtime LGBT ally Terri Hodge sentenced to 1 year in jail for tax fraud

Former Texas State Rep. and longtime LGBT ally Terri Hodge has been sentenced to one year in prison in connection with the Dallas City Hall corruption case, The Dallas Morning News reports. Hodge pleaded guilty in February to tax fraud. She faced up to three years in prison and now must report to jail by June 22. Here’s what she said in court today:

“As a public official, my actions have cast a bad light on many other elected official. What I’ve done has contributed to some people’s distrust of the political system. All I can say is I am truly sorry for my mistakes.”

Hodge was replaced in the Legislature by State Rep. Eric Johnson, who was sworn in last week.

—  John Wright

Eric Johnson becomes District 100 representative

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson was certified winner of the District 100 race and becomes representative as soon as he is sworn in.

In the March primary, Johnson received 75 percent of the vote against incumbent Terri Hodge. He faces no opponent in November and will serve next term.

However, Hodge resigned from her seat, leaving a vacancy. Gov. Rick Perry declared a May special election and Johnson filed for the seat.

As of this week’s filing deadline, Johnson was the only on to file for the seat. Because there was no opponent, Dallas County election administrator Bruce Sherbet declared Johnson the winner. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, this can only be done in special elections and is done to save local governments money.

Although the legislature is not scheduled to meet the for the rest of this session, his appointment gives him seniority dating from the 2008 session. Also, he begins constituent services upon his taking office.

—  David Taffet

Eric Johnson responds to Hodge's withdrawal from House race

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, candidate for Texas House District 100, has released a statement in response to incumbent State Rep. Terri Hodge’s announcement earlier today that she is ending her campaign for re-election to District 100 and pleading guilty to a federal criminal charge in connection with the Dallas City Hall corruption scandal. (Read Hodge’s statement here.)

In his statement, Johnson thanked Hodge for her 14 years’ of service to the people of District 14, and promised to “continue to keep Ms. Hodge and her family in our prayers.” He also called on Democrats to “come together as a party, as a district and as a city to achieve the improvements House District 100 so desperately needs,” and vowed to continue to “campaign over the next 27 days exactly as I have over the past eight months.”

Read Johnson’s statement in its entirety after the jump.

—  admin