The Republican-controlled Texas House has voted to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and sent 20 articles of impeachment to the state Senate.
It makes Paxton only the third sitting official in Texas’s nearly 200-year history to have been impeached.
“BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, That Warren Kenneth Paxton Jr., Attorney General of the State of Texas, is impeached and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the Texas Senate,” read Texas House Resolution No. 2377.
Paxton denounced the impeachment as “never meant to be fair or just” and was “politically motivated.”
“I look forward to a quick resolution in the Texas Senate, where I have full confidence the process will be fair and just,” he said in a statement.
The 121–23 vote triggers Paxton’s immediate suspension from office pending the outcome of a trial in the state Senate and empowers Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint someone else as Texas’s top lawyer in the interim.
Paxton is one of the GOP’s most prominent legal combatants, who in 2020 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a major election integrity case.
This is a developing story.