The Texas Legislature is about to have a new member of its upper chamber.
The Texas Tribune has obtained the official name of the person who will be replacing Republican Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Pearland who has been serving his second term since 2015.
The chamber will elect the new member in a special election on Nov. 12.
A seat was vacated in 2016 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, who died in 2018.
The new lawmaker will be sworn in Monday, Nov. 17.
He or she will have to be a Texas resident, but the Texas Tribune was unable to confirm the person’s citizenship.
The official title of the new legislator will be “David Vitter.”
The Texas Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Vitter has served in the House of Representatives since 2015, when he won his seat with a victory in the GOP primary and became the first Republican to hold the seat since then-Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott was re-elected governor.
In the 2016 election, he defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Moody by a wide margin.
He is also the only openly gay lawmaker in the state House.
He was a longtime critic of the Trump administration’s response to the hurricanes that devastated Texas in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma.
In his first term, he opposed the Trump budget, which he said cut education funding.
Vitting said in the 2016 campaign that he did not support same-sex marriage because he believed it was a religious issue.
VITTER REACHES OUT TO ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ FLORIDA DEMOCRATS FOR HELP The Texas senator is not the only Texas lawmaker who has drawn criticism for his controversial comments and policies.
Earlier this month, he joined the House delegation of Florida Democrats who opposed a GOP-backed bill to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls in the Sunshine State.
The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was supported by President Donald Trump and passed the House but was opposed by more than 40 House Democrats.
It passed the Senate in July.