Texas 11 Minus 1
Dallas Morning News has just reported,
The Senate's longest-serving member flew home from New Mexico on Tuesday, putting himself in a position where Republicans may force the Democrat to attend a special session aimed at bolstering GOP power in Congress.
"You got to know when to hold them and when to fold them," said Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, who was one of 11 Democrats who left Texas to prevent a quorum assembly of the Senate, preventing consideration of a Republican redistricting bill.
A return by just one senator to the Capitol would give the 31-person Senate enough members to conduct business if Gov. Rick Perry calls a third special session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the Republican who presides over the Senate, hailed Mr. Whitmire's action as a possible breakthrough that could end the months-long impasse over redistricting .