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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Interactive: A Closer Look at Texas' Base Budgets

The Texas Senate and House have released their first drafts of the state's next two-year budget. Lawmakers in both chambers say they wrote lean drafts to give lawmakers the chance to debate how they might use the Rainy Day Fund and other available pots of revenue. Use this interactive to explore how state spending has grown since 2004.

Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

House Rule Change Could Weaken Democratic Minority

The House's Democratic minority was dealt a blow Monday when the chamber passed an amendment to its rules to limit legislators' ability to derail bills based on clerical errors. Calling "points of order” on such errors is a strategy lawmakers have often used to block measures they oppose.  

Speaker Joe Straus walks toward the House on Jan. 8, 2013, the opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature.
Speaker Joe Straus walks toward the House on Jan. 8, 2013, the opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature.

His Job Safe, Straus Now Faces Session's Hurdles

After successfully fending off another challenge to his speakership, Joe Straus faces a tough task in the session. He will have to tackle issues that have been thorny for Republicans in the past — including public education and plans for water and transportation infrastructure — without further alienating the far right.

The senators of the 83rd legislative session were sworn in Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the session.
The senators of the 83rd legislative session were sworn in Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the session.

Session's Debut Full of Ceremony, Talk of Priorities

Texas legislators started their 83rd session with leaders who want to focus on water, infrastructure, budget transparency, education — and, perhaps, some tax relief. 

The first floor of the Texas Capitol.
The first floor of the Texas Capitol.

Inside the 83rd Session: Find Your Lawmaker

As 181 members of the Texas Legislature work during the 83rd session, use this application to navigate the Capitol and locate lawmakers' offices. Search by member name, or browse using the floor plan by clicking the tab for each floor in the Capitol and Capitol Extension.

Updated Directory of Officials in the Texas Legislature

The Legislature is back for the 83rd time, and we've refreshed our directory of statewide officials and legislators. Many of the old names are here, and so are the names of the numerous freshmen. Along with the names, we've got information about each officeholder, their districts, their elections and the locations of their offices.

Inside Out in the House Speaker's Race

Third parties — outsiders — can't vote in the race for Speaker of the House. But the lawmakers who will actually elect the speaker next month are listening, and acting, on what's going on outside. This intervention has forced House members to defend a process that, left to them, would be more about internal politics and less about ideology.

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.

Speaker Race: Simpson Praying, Hughes Staying

Texas Weekly

House Speaker Joe Straus has the votes to win reelection, according to his loyalists. But he's got a declared opponent and another in the wings, and they've got a month to work with.

House Speaker Joe Straus holds a press briefing at the Omni Hotel, Fort Worth on June 8, 2012.
House Speaker Joe Straus holds a press briefing at the Omni Hotel, Fort Worth on June 8, 2012.

Straus Says He's Ready for "Serious" Session

Despite organized efforts to unseat him, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday he is confident his colleagues will re-elect him to the post so he can focus the 2013 legislative session on “serious issues” for a fast-growing state. His opponent, state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, officially launched his campaign for speaker this week.  

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, ponders a reporter's question at a press briefing May 30, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.

For House Speaker, a Different Kind of Challenge

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has at least one opponent in his bid for a third term in that job, and another potential opponent is considering a run. But the circumstances that undid Straus' predecessors in the post don't exist now.