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The Texas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. The legislature meets at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. In Texas, the Legislature is considered the most powerful branch of state government because of its aggressive use of the power of the purse to control and direct the activities of state government. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      In the United States of America, a state legislature is a generic term referring to the... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Capitol Building is brilliantly illuminated at night The Texas State Capitol, located in Austin, Texas, is the fourth building to serve as the seat of Texas government. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ...


Texas entered the Union in 1845. The First Legislature met from February 16 to May 13, 1846. The First Texas Legislature convened from 16 February to 13 May 1846 in regular session. ...

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Structure and operations

Like most state legislatures, it is a bicameral institution, consisting of the lower house House of Representatives with 150 members, and the upper house Senate with 31 members. The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year.[1] The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days. The Lieutenant Governor, elected statewide separate from the Governor, presides over the Senate, while the Speaker of the House is elected from that body by its members. Both have wide latitude in choosing committee membership in their respective houses and have a large impact on lawmaking in the state. Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      In the United States of America, a state legislature is a generic term referring to the... In government, bicameralism is the practice of having two legislative or parliamentary chambers. ... A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house. ... The Texas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. ... An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... The Texas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. ... The Texas Constitution is the document that describes the structure and function of the government of Texas. ... Lieutenant Governor of Texas is the second-highest executive office in state government. ... In politics, Governor of Texas is the title given to the chief executive of the state of Texas. ... House Chamber The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the Texas House. ...


Only the Governor may call the Legislature into special sessions (the legislature may not call itself into session, as is the case in some other states), and the governor may call as many sessions as he wishes. For example, Governor Rick Perry called three consecutive sessions in 2003 to address congressional redistricting. The Texas Constitution limits the duration of each special session to 30 days; lawmakers may consider only those issues designated by the Governor in his "call," or proclamation convening the special session (though other issues may be added by the Governor during a session). James Richard Rick Perry (b. ... The process known as redistricting in the United States and redistribution in many Commonwealth countries is the changing of political borders (in many countries, specifically the electoral district/constituency boundaries) usually in response to periodic census results. ...


Both houses of the Legislature are officially organized on a bipartisan basis, with members of both parties serving in leadership positions such as committee chairmanships. Currently (2007), a majority of the members of each chamber are members of the Republican Party. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Qualification for service

The Texas Constitution sets the qualifications for election to each house as follows:

  • A senator must be at least 26 years of age, a citizen of Texas five years prior to election and a resident of the district from which elected one year prior to election. Each senator serves a four-year term and one-half of the Senate membership is elected every two years in even-numbered years, with the exception that all 31 Senate seats are up for election for the first legislature following the decennial census in order to reflect the newly redrawn districts. After the initial election, the Senate is divided by lot into two classes, with one class having a re-election after two years and the other having a re-election after four years.
  • A representative must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of Texas for two years prior to election and a resident of the district from which elected one year prior to election. They are elected for two-year terms, running for re-election in even-numbered years.

Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has term limits. A term limit is a provision of a constitution, statute, or bylaw which limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ...


Makeup of the Texas House of Representatives

Affiliation Members
  Republican Party 81
  Democratic Party 69
 Total
150

The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...

Makeup of the Texas Senate

Affiliation Members
  Republican Party 20
  Democratic Party 11
 Total
31
Senator Party District Home Town Took Office
  Kevin Eltife Republican 1 Tyler 2004
  Bob Deuell Republican 2 Greenville 2003
  Robert Nichols Republican 3 Jacksonville 2007
  Tommy Williams Republican 4 The Woodlands 2003
  Steve Ogden Republican 5 Bryan 1997
  Mario Gallegos, Jr. Democratic 6 Houston 1995
  Dan Patrick Republican 7 Houston 2007
  Florence Shapiro Republican 8 Plano 1993
  Chris Harris Republican 9 Arlington 1991
  Kim Brimer Republican 10 Fort Worth 2003
  Mike Jackson Republican 11 La Porte 1999
  Jane Nelson Republican 12 Lewisville 1993
  Rodney Ellis Democratic 13 Houston 1990
  Kirk Watson Democratic 14 Austin 2007
  John Whitmire Democratic 15 Houston 1983
  John Carona Republican 16 Dallas 1996
  Kyle Janek Republican 17 Houston 2002
  Glenn Hegar Republican 18 Katy 2007
  Carlos I. Uresti Democratic 19 San Antonio 2006
  Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa Democratic 20 Mission 2002
  Judith Zaffirini Democratic 21 Laredo 1987
  Kip Averitt Republican 22 Waco 2002
  Royce West Democratic 23 Dallas 1993
  Troy Fraser Republican 24 Horseshoe Bay 1997
  Jeff Wentworth Republican 25 San Antonio 1993
  Leticia R. Van de Putte Democratic 26 San Antonio 1999
  Eddie Lucio, Jr. Democratic 27 Brownsville 1991
  Robert Duncan Republican 28 Lubbock 1997
  Eliot Shapleigh Democratic 29 El Paso 1997
  Craig Estes Republican 30 Wichita Falls 2001
  Kel Seliger Republican 31 Amarillo 2004

The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Kevin P. Eltife was sworn in on March 5, 2004 to represent the citizens of Texas Senate District 1. ... District 1 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves all of Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, Upshur and Wood counties and a portion of Smith county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Tyler is the county seat of Smith County in East Texas, United States. ... Dr. Bob Deuell (born 11 March 1950)[1] is a conservative Republican member of the Texas Senate, representing the 10 counties of Senate District 2 in Northeast Texas, since 2003. ... District 2 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves all of Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties, and portions of Dallas and Smith counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Flag of Greenville Greenville is a city in Hunt County, Texas, in the United States. ... Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols (1893-1944) was an English writer, known as a war poet of World War I, and a playwright. ... District 3 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves all of Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Tyler counties, and portions of Montgomery and Smith counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Jacksonville is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. ... External links Texas Senator Tommy Williams (R-03) Campaign site Categories: Stub | Texas State Senators ... District 4 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves all of Liberty and Orange counties, and portions of Chambers, Harris, Jefferson and Montgomery counties in the southeastern portion of the state of Texas. ... The Woodlands is a census-designated place (CDP) and master-planned community located in the the counties of Montgomery and Harris in the state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. ... Steve Ogden (born 21 September 1950)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 5th District. ... District 5 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves Brazos, Burleson, Freestone, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Trinity, Walker and Williamson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Bryan is a city in Brazos County, Texas, United States. ... Mario V. Gallegos, Jr. ... District 6 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves a portion of Harris County in the state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio. ... District 7 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that serves a portion of Harris county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Florence Shapiro is known as a champion for education and childrens issues. ... District 8 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Collin and Dallas counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Collin County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ... A number of famous people have had the name Chris Harris Chris Harris is a pastor in Alabama Chris Harris is a Texas state senator Chris Harris is a New Zealand cricketer Wildcat Chris Harris is a professional wrestler This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... District 9 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas (USA) within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. ... Kim Brimer is a representative in the Texas senate. ... District 10 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Tarrant county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City  298. ... General Sir Michael Mike Jackson, GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen (born 21 March 1944) is a British army officer, currently Chief of the General Staff. ... District 11 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... La Porte is a city in Harris County, Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. ... Senator Nelson is the second highest ranking Republican in the Texas Senate and serves as Chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee. ... District 12 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Denton and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Location Location in the state of Texas Government Counties Denton County Dallas County Mayor Gene Carey Geographical characteristics Area     City 42. ... Rodney Ellis is a member of the Texas Senate for the 13th District, and co-founder of Apex Securities. ... District 13 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Fort Bend and Harris counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Kirk Watson is a Democratic lawyer-politician from Austin, Texas. ... District 14 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Travis county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Senator John Whitmire is the longest-serving member of the Texas State Senate representing District 15, which includes much of northern Houston. ... District 15 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Harris county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... John Carona is a Republican politician in Texas. ... District 16 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Dallas county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Kyle Janek is a Texas Republican Senator. ... District 17 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves portions of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Glenn Allen Hegar, Jr. ... District 18 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties and a portion of Fort Bend county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Katy is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. ... Carlos Ismael Charlie Uresti (born September 12, 1963) is a Democrat representing the 19th District in the Texas Senate. ... District 19 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Bandera, Brewster, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward and Winkler counties, and portions of Bexar and El Paso counties in the U... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... Juan Jesus “Chuy” Hinojosa (born 7 March 1946)[1] is a Democratic member of the Texas Senate representing the 20th District. ... District 20 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Brooks, Jim Wells and Nueces counties and a portion of Hidalgo county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Mission is a city located in Hidalgo County, Texas. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... District 21 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Atascosa, Bee, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Wilson, Zapata and Zavala counties and a portion of Bexar county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Settled 1755 Government  - Type Mayor / City Manager  - Mayor Raul G. Salinas  - City Manager Carlos R. Villarreal Area  - City 218. ... Barry Kip Averitt (born 31 October 1954)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 22nd District. ... District 22 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves Bosque, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Navarro and Somervell counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... For information on the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, please visit Waco Siege. ... Royce West (born 26 September 1952)[1] is a Democratic member of the Texas Senate representing the 23rd District. ... District 23 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Dallas county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Troy Fraser (born 10 August 1949)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 24th District. ... District 24 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, San Saba and Taylor counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Horseshoe Bay is a census-designated place located in Texas. ... Earl Jeffrey “Jeff” Wentworth[1] (born November 20, 1940)[2] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate from the 25th District, based about San Antonio to the north. ... District 25 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Kendall counties, and portions of Bexar and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... Leticia R. San Miguel Van de Putte[1] (born 6 December 1954)[2] is a Democratic member of the Texas Senate representing the 26th District. ... District 26 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of Bexar county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... Eduardo Andres “Eddie” Lucio, Jr. ... District 27 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Cameron, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties and a portion of Hidalgo county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Brownsville is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. ... Robert Duncan may refer to: Robert Duncan (1919-1988), U.S. poet Robert Duncan, U.S. physicist Robert Duncan, British TV comedy actor Robert Duncan McNeill, U.S. actor, director and producer Robert Duncan, Episcopal bishop of Pittsburgh This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... District 28 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves Armstrong, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Coke, Collingsworth, Concho, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Hockley, Irion, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Mitchell, Motley, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels... Nickname: Hub City Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: County Lubbock County Government  - Mayor David Miller Area  - City 297. ... Eliot Shapleigh (born November 11, 1952) is a politician from the state of Texas, currently representing the states 29th Senatorial District which comprises the majority of El Paso County, Texas. ... District 29 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves a portion of El Paso county in the U.S. state of Texas. ... El Paso redirects here. ... Craig Linton Estes (born 20 August 1953)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 30th District. ... District 30 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves all of Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise and Young counties, and portions of Collin and Denton counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: The City that Faith Built Location within the state of Texas County Wichita County Mayor Lanham Lyne Area    - City 70. ... Kelton Gray “Kel” Seliger (born 16 June 1953)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing District 31 in the Panhandle and the Permian Basin. ... District 31 of the Texas Senate is a senatorial district that currently serves Andrews, Bailey, Cochran, Crane, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Howard, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Martin, Midland, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman and Yoakum counties in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas County Potter (and Randall) Government  - Mayor Debra McCartt Area  - City  90. ...

References

  • "Citizen Handbook". The Senate of Texas. Retrieved 13 April 2005.
  • Texas Legislature from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 13 April 2005.
  • Stanley K. Young, Texas Legislative Handbook (1973).
  • Univ. of Tex., The Legislative Branch in Texas Politics, [1] (last accessed Oct. 8, 2006) (stating that "The Texas Legislature is the most powerful of the three main branches of government[,]" primarily because it is "less weak than the other branches").

is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Handbook of Texas (ISBN 0-87611-151-7) is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published jointly by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and the General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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