In spite of icy roads and some closed poll locations, Democrat Celia Israel pulled off a win for the House District 50 seat against Republican Mike VanDeWalle. Israel will serve out the remainder of Mark Strama’s term.

In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we heard reaction from both candidates after the results came in.

Executive Action

President Barack Obama pledged to sidestep Congress in his fifth State of the Union address to achieve several goals, before calling on lawmakers to pass immigration reform, a new retirement savings program and legislation fighting income inequality. We heard from Texas lawmakers after the president’s speech, including Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Rep. Joaquin Castro.

Candidate Conversation

Democrat Hugh Fitzsimons joined us to discuss his campaign for agriculture commissioner, including how he would deal with water conservation, oil and gas regulations and more.