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Perry Orders Special Election in Kuempel's District For Dec. 14

Texas House District 44
Image of HD 44 courtesy Texas Legislative Council
Texas House District 44 will hold a special election on Dec. 12 after Representative Edmund Kuempel passed away last week.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered a special election for December 14 in House District 44.  State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) died of a heart attack Thursday after being reelected there on November 2.

Candidates have until November 15 to file with the Secretary of State if they want to run in the special election. Kuempel faced no challengers in last week's election.

Kuempel was buried today at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. His hometown paper, the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, reported that hundreds passed by Kuempel's pecan wood casket yesterday atTres Hewell Mortuary.

Mortuary President Tres Hewell said the arrangements for Kuempel are the most high-profile he’s had since he came to Seguin. “This is the most historic memorial service we’ve had here in Seguin to date and we consider it an honor and a privilege,” Hewell said. “We’ve seen tons of people,” a funeral home employee agreed Monday afternoon. “I can’t tell you how many. It’s been a continuous steady stream.”

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.