Report: State Rep. Dawnna Dukes confirms plans to stay in office

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes confirmed Monday that she plans to stay in office despite previously promising to step down when the Legislature convenes on Tuesday, the Texas Tribune reported.

Dukes, an Austin Democrat who will begin her 12th term if she is sworn in Tuesday, is facing a criminal investigation into alleged misuse of legislative staff and campaign money and had previously announced she would decline to be sworn in to a new term. Dukes has cited medical problems as the reason for her departure, saying the lingering effects of a 2013 car crash have made impossible for her to do her job.

The American-Statesman reported on Saturday that a lawyer for Dukes had recently contacted new Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore, whose office is handling Dukes’ case following an investigation by the Texas Rangers, to tell Moore that Dukes would no longer be following through on her plans to leave office.

Dukes, however, had not publicly commented on her change in plans until she confirmed to the Tribune in an email on Monday that she plans to continue serving.

Moore on Tuesday will attend a briefing on the Dukes case with the Texas Rangers before deciding whether to ask a grand jury to indict Dukes on corruption charges.

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