Sen. Angela Paxton will be one of her husband’s jurors

Really, there was no other way this could have ended.

Sen. Angela Paxton

After weeks of speculation, state Sen. Angela Paxton announced late Monday that she will attend the impeachment trial of her husband, suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton, the McKinney Republican said in a statement issued late Monday.

“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, Sen. Paxton’s announcement stated. “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.”


Texas law requires each member to attend when the Senate meets as a court of impeachment, but Angela Paxton’s participation wasn’t clear prior to her announcement. Her role in the impeachment has been a point of speculation since her husband was impeached just days before the regular session ended in May.

The Texas Constitution also says legislators should recuse themselves from matters in which they have a personal stake, which Angela Paxton’s statement did not address. Her office did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday evening.

The Senate committee that is drafting rules for the impeachment trial is expected to present those to the Texas Senate on Tuesday.

I’ve been saying all along that I fully expected Angela Paxton to not recuse because she’s not ethical enough to do so. It’s always grimly pleasurable to have one’s assessment of character verified. Her argument that it is somehow her constitutional duty to partake in the impeachment trial is risible, but par for the course. And I will note again that if we are following the Tony Buzbee model, then of course she’d be recused, and it wouldn’t have been her call to make. Even if the trial were to be held in Collin County, there’s no way she’d have ever been seated on the jury for Ken Paxton’s securities fraud trial. Why is this any different?

Well, it just is. And to an extent, that’s true – this is an impeachment, not a criminal trial, and the rules are different. The rules of common sense do still apply, though. As for what the rules for the trial will be, we’re still waiting as of when I drafted this. We could be waiting for at least a few days. This much, we now know. The Chron, Texas Monthly, Reform Austin, and the Observer have more.

UPDATE: The Senate took no official action yesterday. At some point we will know what they did.

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9 Responses to Sen. Angela Paxton will be one of her husband’s jurors

  1. Jeff N says:

    Who needs ethics when you have schmethics?

    Waiting to see if the Senate will allow Mrs. Paxton to help decide whether her husband is guilty of the conduct described in the articles of impeachment. Not holding my breath.

  2. Flypusher says:

    So many new and binding ethics rules needed in multiple places.

  3. SocraticGadfly says:

    Actually, no she WON’T be one of his jurors.

    Full story on how the trial will be conducted, now that the rules have been released:

  4. Jeff N. says:

    Good for the Senate. Thanks, SG.

  5. SocraticGadfly says:

    Thanks, Jeff. Had time to update that piece to include expected length of the trial and other issues.

  6. Republicans actually did the right thing and recused her? Wow. It could all be for show, OR it could mean that crooked Paxton has very few allies left. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

  7. Flypusher says:

    These days, it’s not uncommon to settle for the right thing done for the wrong reasons.

  8. That’s true, Fly. If they convict Paxton, they are doing it for their own self-interests. If it was only about principle and integrity, they could have impeached Paxton years ago.

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