If you haven’t heard yet, Rep. Joe Moreno died in a car accident on Thursday night. Rep. Rafael Anchi was traveling with him, but suffered only minor injuries. I pulled the following from Quorum Report:
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR REP. JOE MORENO
A big man with a big heart
State leaders and House colleagues paid tribute today to Rep. Joe Moreno (D-Houston), who was killed in a traffic accident near La Grange overnight.
Gov. Rick Perry, who ordered flags flown at half-staff today at all state buildings, led the tributes.
“Anita and I are saddened by the loss of a respected member of the Legislature who served his constituents with great dedication and integrity,” Perry said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”
Speaker Tom Craddick said House members were in shock after hearing the news.
“Nothing can prepare you for the sudden loss of someone that you see and talk with everyday. Joe was a young man with a bright future who early on, distinguished himself in his district and in the House,” Craddick said.