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Birdwell sworn in, public ceremony to be held

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

GRANBURY - Election results from the Saturday, June 22 special election runoff were canvassed by Governor Rick Perry, clearing the way for Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell to be sworn in and immediately assume his duties as Texas State Senator for District 22. "As you know, the citizens of our district have been without representation since March, when former Sen. Kip Averitt resigned. 

"Even though I was elected last month to fill the remainder of Sen. Averitt’s term, the Texas Constitution does not allow me to assume the duties of office until being sworn in," stated Birdwell.

Birdwell was joined by his wife Mel and son Matt.

The ceremonial public swearing in for Birdwell will be held in Hillsboro Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

According to a news release issued by the campaign, in order to allow participation from all citizens across the 10 counties, Hillsboro was chosen as the central location for the ceremony.

Birdwell earned almost 58 percent of the vote in the June 22 runoff election, earning the privilege to serve the remainder of Sen. Kip Averitt’s term which ends in January.  

"I am already receiving requests for assistance from constituents across the district and, by assuming office today, I am now able to get to work on behalf of the people," stated Birdwell.

Birdwell was a staff officer at the Pentagon on 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building burning more than 60 percent of his body.


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