US Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia resigns state Senate seat, prepares for new role in Congress

HOUSTON – Decision 2018 midterm election results made history after voters picked Democrat Sylvia Garcia to lead Texas' 29th Congressional District.

Garcia overwhelmingly defeated Phillip Aronoff to keep the seat under the control of Democrats, picking up 75 percent of the vote. She is now one of the first Hispanic women to represent Texas in the U.S. House.

On Friday, Garcia announced her resignation from her state Senate seat.

"By resigning at 12:01 p.m., it allows the governor a chance to call an election with enough time for my successor to be elected, sworn in and ready to start," she said.

A special election for Garcia's seat in District 6 is set for Dec. 11.