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Rene Oliveira loses State Rep., Dist. 37 seat to Alex Dominguez

Rene Oliveira, one of the longest serving members of the Texas House of Representatives, was defeated by challenger Alex Dominguez in Tuesday night's runoff election.

Rene Oliveira, one of the longest serving members of the Texas House of Representatives, was defeated by challenger Alex Dominguez in Tuesday night's runoff election.

Unofficial results show challenger Alex Dominguez won with 56.71% of the vote, or 3,287 votes over Oliveira with 43.29% of the vote, or 2,509 votes.

Oliveira was in the news recently following his arrest for DWI in April.

Brownsville police said that Oliveira struck a vehicle from behind at a light on the 800 block of Boca Chica Boulevard. According to the report, he exited his vehicle and handed the driver his business card, saying "he would take care of everything."

Police later responded to Oliveira's home, where they found his dark-colored Cadillac with, "damage to the front end and two flat tires on the passenger side," and arrested him for DWI, according to a news release from the Brownsville Police Department.

In a statement from Oliveira following the arrest, he stated, “Last night, I made a mistake in judgement, and thankfully, no one was injured. I sincerely apologize to my family, friends, colleagues and most especially to my supporters. I am embarrassed, but grateful no one was hurt."

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