Tribpedia: Lieutenant Governor

The office of the lieutenant governor was first established under the Texas Constitution of 1845. The lieutenant governor was elected and served two years until 1972, when voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase the term to four years, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association.

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A Look at the Priority Bills for Straus and Patrick

House Speaker Joe Straus (left) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
House Speaker Joe Straus (left) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

The House speaker and the lieutenant governor traditionally award the lowest bill numbers to measures they view as priorities. Here's a breakdown of House Bills 1-20 and Senate Bills 1-20, providing a window into where House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are placing their political capital for the 84th legislative session.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was elected Texas governor, waves to supporters after his victory speech in Austin on Nov. 4, 2014.

Analysis: How Red is Texas? Count the Ways.

Republicans didn't just win their statewide elections earlier this month — they won in ways that only become apparent when you dig into the numbers. In many counties, the Democrats could not attract more than one voter in five.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (center) on the House floor on Feb. 8, 2011.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (center) on the House floor on Feb. 8, 2011.

For Van de Putte, Questions About Private, Public Work

As Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reaches for one of the most powerful jobs in Texas, the blurred lines between her private work and public role are giving rise to familiar questions in a part-time Legislature, where low pay and lax disclosure laws have fostered the perception of conflicts of interest.

State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.

Dewhurst, Patrick Engage in Nasty Lt. Gov. Debate

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on Wednesday.