State Sen. Angela Paxton says she will carry out her duties as the Senate prepares for a trial in the impeachment of her husband Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Paxton’s comments come as some have called on the two-term McKinney Republican to recuse herself.
“I have twice been elected to represent the nearly one million Texans who reside in Senate District 8, and it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be their voice in the Texas Legislature,” explained Paxton. “Each time I was elected, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this great state, and Texas law compels each member of the Senate to attend when the Senate meets as a court of impeachment.”
“As a member of the Senate, I hold these obligations sacred and I will carry out my duties, not because it is easy, but because the Constitution demands it and because my constituents deserve it,” she added.
Paxton was impeached by the Texas House on 20 disputed charges of misapplication of public resources, bribery, obstruction of justice, abuse of public trust, and disregard of official duties.
The Republican Party of Texas, meanwhile, has condemned the House’s actions, noting that Paxton was given no opportunity to respond to the charges and criticizing the rushed nature of the impeachment.
While Paxton has been temporarily suspended from office following the House’s impeachment, the Senate trial will determine whether or not he is permanently removed.