Tribpedia: Texas House of Representatives

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The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the the Texas Legislature, the other being the Texas Senate. It is considered the "lower" chamber, with 150 members who represent districts of 150,000 people each. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the Legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering and ...

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State Rep. Bobby Guerra
State Rep. Bobby Guerra

Bobby Guerra: The TT Interview

The new state representative for the Rio Grande Valley's House District 41 on his unusual path to office, what he hopes to accomplish before his re-election bid in November, how he's approaching the general election and how the 2011 session affected HD-41.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 36,000 Texans were homeless at any given time last year.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 36,000 Texans were homeless at any given time last year.

Providers Seek More State Funds for Homeless Services

A House Appropriations Subcommittee and the Urban Affairs Committee held a joint hearing Monday to seek input on how to maximize the use of state dollars to serve homeless Texans and prevent homelessness. Leaders of homeless services organizations, city officials and others addressed the committees.

John Higgins, chief of staff to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, can be seen on the far left of this photo with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Higgins pleaded guilty following a Travis County District Attorney Public Integrity Unit investigation into improprieties involving travel reimbursements.
John Higgins, chief of staff to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, can be seen on the far left of this photo with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Higgins pleaded guilty following a Travis County District Attorney Public Integrity Unit investigation into improprieties involving travel reimbursements.

Integrity Unit Investigating Aide to Rep. Kleinschmidt

John Higgins, a top aide to state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, is under criminal investigation for alleged improprieties related to travel  reimbursements he got from the state, a prosecutor told The Texas Tribune on Friday. Kleinschmidt is not implicated in the probe.

Interactive Map: Texas House Committees in 82nd Session

Texas Weekly

Use this interactive to explore the geographic distribution of committee members in the Texas House, by committee, to see who's got what clout on what subject. Choose a committee and the map highlights the district of each member and, in a different color, the home districts of the chairs, vice chairs and co-chairs.

Court Stays the Course on Politics and Business

Corporations and unions can play in politics, but a full disclosure is not required. A corporate political campaign in East Texas two years ago was unusual, featuring an unknown corporation that was open about what it was doing when it ran ads that targeted a state legislator.

When Legislators Die or Resign, What Happens to Their Seats?

When a legislator dies or resigns, their seat is filled through a special election. The governor sets the date for this election, usually in May or November. The new representative serves out the end of the old representative's term. Constituents in the meantime can typically voice concerns to a skeleton crew of staff members.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, smiles at the end of a press briefing May 30, 2012 at his Capitol office.

A House of Strangers Calls for a Shrewd Leader

Races for speaker of the House are based on relationships. How does that work in a House full of strangers? Speaker Joe Straus will defend his position in January in a House where half or more of the members have served one session — or less. Will they be loyal to him?

Turnover Provides Leaders With a Political Tool

It's great to have experienced leaders on hand to help run the Legislature. But it's also great — at least from a leader's perspective — to have some openings to offer to potential supporters. With at least nine committee chairs leaving the House and four leaving the Senate, there are some goodies to hand out.

Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.
Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.

Current Differences Hint at Possible Friction in 2013

Usually, the political establishment is more or less united, with major trade groups and major officeholders sticking with incumbents and, more importantly, sticking with one another. Not this year. And the differences showing up in Republican primaries this month could be foreshadowing for next year's legislative session.

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 18, a piece of eminent domain legislation, on May 23, 2011, beside state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, and Rep. Charlie Geren, R-River Oaks.
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 18, a piece of eminent domain legislation, on May 23, 2011, beside state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, and Rep. Charlie Geren, R-River Oaks.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

The endorsements just keep on rolling in... 

Mark P. Jones
Mark P. Jones

Guest Column: Republican Candidates, Side by Side

Rice University political scientist Mark Jones looks at the legislative voting records of candidates in a half-dozen GOP primaries, finding some significant differences in House races and negligible differences in two Senate contests. When their voting records are compared, not all Republicans are the same.

In Legislature, Fresh Faces and an Experience Deficit

The next version of the Texas Legislature will have an unusual number of new lawmakers and a temporary deficit in legislative experience. One of every five members of the House is leaving voluntarily. Some others could be defeated in next month's primary or the November general election. Change is constant in politics, but not on this scale.

Commercial Benefits of College Research Touted

Two House committees held a joint hearing to explore how scientific research at universities can be commercialized for the benefit of businesses and the state economy. heard testimony from the state's leading research universities.